Perquimans County, North Carolina: Gravestone of Pvt. Josephus Riddick, Co. E, 1st U. S. Colored Cavalry, Belvidere

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Gravestone of Pvt. Josephus Riddick, Co. E, 1st U. S. Colored Cavalry

A few days ago, our family visited the grave of Pvt. Josephus Riddick (1844-1925), of Company E, 1st Regiment, U. S. Colored Cavalry. The concrete headstone stands about three feet tall, and contains the inscription, “husband of Mary Riddick,” perhaps carved by hand or pressed into the cement before it set. The marker is in very good condition considering its age, and was most likely made by someone skilled in working with the material. I wanted to take a picture of the gravestone without the vine obscuring the inscription, so we wet the stone face with a few bottles of water to loosen the vine’s roots, then carefully snipped it away. Due to the heat, it didn’t take long for the stone to dry. As a rule, we generally try to do as little as possible to a gravestone, but may return soon to remove the rest of the biological growth, as it contains acids that may further damage the stone.

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Northampton County, Virginia: United States Colored Troops of First Baptist Church, Capeville

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First Baptist Church Capeville Cemetery. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, October 14, 2013. All rights reserved

I visited this church on an overcast Sunday. Thanks to all the church members who invited me to join them for service, despite my cemetery outfit of jeans and rubber boots. Thank you for the warm welcome and hospitality, I will return!

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Pvt. John Cole – Co. B, 10th USCI. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, October 14, 2013. All rights reserved

Pvt. John Cole – Company B, 10th Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry

Born in 1838, Pungoteague, Accomack County, Virginia. Enlisted on October 30, 1863, at Craney Island, Virginia. Discharged on May 17, 1866, at Galveston, Texas

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