Members of the Executive Planning and Review Team, Evergreen Cemetery (ExPRT), Marilyn Campbell and myself, join volunteers, AmeriCorps NCCC Team Bayou 5, and members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Greater Richmond Chapter, Marilyn, myself, and President Larry Clark, at Evergreen Cemetery on a very chilly morning to provide history, stories, and uncover graves in observance of Black History Month, February 8th, 2020. The event was hosted by the Enrichmond Foundation. Two additional events are planned at Evergreen on February 15th and the 22nd. (Photos: Nadia K. Orton, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.)♦
Sgt. Edmond Carter served with Company G, 45th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry. According to his military pension record, he was born enslaved on the Allen Estate “in the third week of August,” 1844, near Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia. He was the son of Lewis Carter and Mary Jones.
He enlisted under the name “Edmond Allen,” the surname of his last owner, at the age of nineteen on July 28, 1864, at Grafton, West Virginia. He mustered in on July 29, 1864, at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Edmond was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant on August 16, 1865, and was discharged nearly three months later at Brownsville, Texas, with the surviving members of his regiment.
I located Edmond’s death certificate at the Library of Virginia in early 2015, and later reviewed his pension file at the National Archives in Washington, D. C. His testimony contains a very detailed description of his military experience, as well as the reason he chose to enlist under his former slave owner’s surname.
Through genealogical research, I located Susan’s death record at the Library of Virginia in early 2015. Although her gravestone is currently broken, it’s wonderful to finally “meet” her in person!