Portsmouth, Virginia: The Story of Thomas Riddick

Gravestone of Thomas Riddick, Mt. Olive Cemetery (Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex), est. 1879. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, March 16, 2014. All rights reserved.

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One of the most interesting gravestones in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex (est. 1879), is for Thomas Riddick. Located in the northwest corner of Mt. Olive Cemetery, the oldest in the complex, it features an interesting inscription regarding Thomas’ occupation.

In Their Own Words: Pvt. Samuel Dyes, 36th U. S. Colored Infantry, Portsmouth, Virginia

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Photo: Nadia K. Orton, October 25, 2010. Mount Calvary Cemetery (Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex)

Pvt. Samuel Dyes, of Company G, 36th Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry, was born enslaved about 1835 on St. Julian’s Creek, Norfolk County, Virginia, the son of James and Rosetta Dyes.1 He enlisted at the age of twenty-eight, on December 9, 1863, at Portsmouth, Virginia, and mustered in a few weeks later at Norfolk, on December 28, 1863. At the time of his enlistment, he was described as five feet, seven and a half inches tall, with a “dark” complexion, eyes and hair. As Samuel enlisted on December 9th, 1863, he was not a part of General Edward Wild’s famed expedition to North Carolina, but did engage in the Battle of New Market Heights (Deep Bottom), September 29, 1864.

Norfolk, Virginia: Revelations at West Point Cemetery (1827)

West Point Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2012. All rights reserved.

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Accomack County, Virginia: Charles Drummond, the ‘Giant of the Eastern Shore’

Grave of Charles Drummond (1861-1886), Accomack County, Virginia. Photo courtesy: Olive’s Branch, Findagrave. The inscription reads: “In memory of Charles Drummond, son of Spencer and Miriam Drummond, Col’d; Born Oct. 17, 1861; Died Sept. 20, 1886.”

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