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African American Civil War Soldiers
Sandusky County, Ohio

Fort Wagner

Storming Fort Wagner
Kurz & Allison
1890

Robert Keys

Born 1839 in Champaign County, Ohio; enlisted Sept. 27, 1864 as a private in Company C, 15th USCT; discharged Sept. 27, 1865 at the expiration of his term of service. Keys was a laborer, living in Fremont, Ohio, when he applied for and was accepted as a member of the Eugene Rawson Post of the GAR on Jan. 19, 1887. He served as the organization's colorbearer, carrying the Stars and Stripes during Memorial Day ceremonies and at members' funeral services. During the post's celebration of the Battle of Nashville in Dec. 1891, Keys' speech was considered by President Rutherford B. Hayes as the best comrade talk. Keys died March 27, 1914, Delaware, Ohio. He buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio.

Source: Obituary: Fremont Daily News March 27, 1914
Records of the Rawson Post GAR
Diary of Rutherford B. Hayes

David J. Vance

Born 1839, Lewisburg, West Virginia; enlisted Jan. 30, 1864 as a private in the 44th USCT; discharged Aug. 31, 1865 at Camp Dennison, Ohio, at the close of the war. Vance was a laborer living in Fremont, Ohio, when he applied for and was accepted as a member of the Eugene Rawson Post of the GAR on Dec. 10, 1891. Vance lived in Fremont, Ohio, from the time of the war until his death on Jan. 3, 1904. He was survived by his wife. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio.

Source: Obituary: Fremont Daily News Jan. 14, 1904
Records of the Rawson Post GAR
Sandusky County Cemetery Records

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David J. Vance
Oakwood Cemtery, Fremont, Ohio
Courtesy of Wayne Van Doren

Charles H. Smith

Born 1844, Virginia; enlisted July 3, 1863 as a private in Company E, 1st USCT; discharged as a corporal, Sept. 29, 1865, at the expiration of his term of service. Smith was one of the first African Americans to enlist in Sandusky County, Ohio. He was a laborer living in Fremont, Ohio, when he applied for and was accepted as a member of the Eugene Rawson Post of the GAR on July 13, 1891. Smith was the father of 3 sons and 4 daughters.He died Sept. 24, 1894, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio.

Source: Obituary: Democratic Messenger Sept. 27, 1894
Fremont Daily News Sept 24, 1894; Fremont Journal Sept 28, 1894
Records of the Rawson Post GAR
Sandusky County Cemetery Records

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Charles H. Smith
Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio
Courtesy of Wayne Van Doren

William H. Holton

Born 1842, Jefferson County, Indiana; enlisted Dec. 24, 1863 as a corporal in Company D, 28th USCT; discharged Nov. 8, 1865 at Corpus Christi, Texas, at the close of the war. He was a farmer living in Vickery, Ohio, when he applied for and was accepted as a member of the Eugene Rawson Post of the GAR on March 12, 1891. He was the father of five children. He died Dec. 2, 1897, in Townsend Twp., Sandusky County, Ohio, and is buried in Parkhurst Cemetery, Sandusky County, Ohio.

Source: Obituary: Clyde Enterprise Dec. 9, 1897; Fremont Journal Dec. 10, 1897; Records of the Rawson Post GAR
Sandusky County Cemetery Records

William H. Wallace

Born 1828, Washington County, Pennsylvania; enlisted July 14, 1863 as a private in Company C, 6th USCT; discharged Nov. 9, 1863 for disability. Wallace was a shoemaker living in Fremont, Ohio when he applied for and was accepted as a member of the Eugene Rawson Post of the GAR on May 18, 1887. Wallace is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio.

Source: Records of the Rawson Post GAR
Sandusky County Cemetery Records

William M. Dixon

Born 1830. Dixon enlisted as a private in Company C, 102nd USCT, serving three years. Dixon was a barber in Fremont, Ohio, and the father of 11 children. He died of heart disease at his home on Elliot St. on March 30, 1900. He was a member of the Eugene Rawson Post of the GAR. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio.

Source: Obituary, Fremont Journal March 30, 1900
Democratic Messenger March 30, 1900
Sandusky County Cemetery Records; Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us


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William M. Dixon
Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio
Courtesy of Wayne Van Doren

Zephaniah Stewart

Born 1840; enlisted April 14, 1864, Ballville Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in Company G, 27th USCT. Stewart died Sept. 16, 1864, at Summit House Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is interred in the National Cemetery, Grave #2465.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

"Who would be free themselves must strike the blow.
Better even to die free than to live slaves."
Frederick Douglass

James Findlay

Born 1836; enlisted at Sandusky Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in Company G, 27th USCT, April 4, 1864. Findlay (also spelled Finley) died Jan. 1, 1865, at Bass Hospital, Poplar Grove, Virginia and is interred in the National Cemetery, Division D, Section H, Grave #173.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

Baylis Huston (also given as Houston Bayles)

Born 1824; enlisted at Sandusky Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in Company G, 27th USCT, April 8, 1864. Huston died June 4, 1865, at NE Station, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

Isaac Edwards

Born 1841; enlisted Sandusky Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in Company G, 27th USCT, April 9, 1864. Edwards died May 1, 1865, Wilmington, North Carolina and is interred in the National Cemetery, Grave #485.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

Peter Perkins

Born 1841 in Mississippi; enlisted Scott Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in Company B, 27th USCT, August 6, 1864. Perkins was discharged with his company Sept. 21, 1865. He died March 19, 1925, and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin County, Ohio.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

Henry Day

Born 1824; enlisted in Sandusky County, as a private in Company G, 27th USCT, April 4, 1864. Day was discharged with his company Sept. 21, 1865. Day died Dec. 28, 1883 and is buried in Highland County, Ohio.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

George F. Jones

Born 1836; enlisted Sandusky Twp., Sandusky County, as a sergeant in Company I, 27th USCT, Feb. 2, 1864. Jones was discharged with his company Sept. 21, 1865.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers

James E. Gleason

Born 1847 in Ohio; enlisted Washington Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in the 16th USCT, Feb. 24, 1865. Gleason was discharged by the War Dept. at Todd Barracks, Ohio, May 16, 1865. He died at the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home in Sandusky, Ohio (Erie County) Jan. 31, 1901. Gleason is buried in the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home Cemetery.

Sources: Obituary Sandusky Register Feb. 3, 1901
Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers

Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us; Ohio Veterans Home

John H. Winn

Born 1847; enlisted as a substitute Washington Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in the 16th USCT, Feb. 18, 1865. No further record.

Sources: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers

James W. Bray

Born 1841; enlisted May 14, 1864, Rice Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in Company H, 27th USCT. Bray was wounded at Petersburg, Virginia, and discharged with his company Sept. 22, 1865.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers

Edmond Dickey

Born 1820; enlisted August 9, 1864, Sandusky Twp., Sandusky County, as a private in Company H, 27th USCT. Dickey died May 16, 1865, at Wilmington, North Carolina.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

Jeremiah Whetsel

Born 1843, McCutcheonville, Ohio; enlisted in the 48th USCT. He lived in Tiffin, Ohio, before moving to Florida where he was a successful businessman.Whetsel died in Jacksonville, Florida, Jan. 16, 1905 at the age of 65. Whetsel was survived by his second wife; also a son Frank and two sisters, Mrs. Jane Vance and Mrs. Martha Curtice, all living in Fremont, Ohio, at the time of his death. Whetsel is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio.

Source: Obituary Fremont Daily News Jan. 16, 1905
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reedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

Rev. Lafayette D. Rose

Born in Virginia; enlisted in Company K, 27th USCT. Rose died at the age of 63 years, 1 month, and 26 days on Oct. 20, 1897. He was reported to have been a member of the Eugene Rawson Post of the GAR. Rev. Rose was an active member of the Anti-Slavery Baptist Association. His last pastoral charge was with the Baptist denomination in Findlay, Ohio. At the time of his death, he was writing a "history of his life." Rose was survived by his wife and one child. He is buried in McPherson Cemetery, Clyde, Ohio.

Source: Obituary Clyde Enterprise Oct. 21, 1897
Fremont Daily News Oct. 22, 1897
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens Sculpture
54th Massachusetts

Edwin Leonard

Born Feb. 22, 1845, Nashville, Tennessee,* enlisted as a corporal in Company A, 54th Massachusetts. Leonard died of a heart attack at the age of 86 years, 11 months, 11 days.on Feb. 1, 1931. His name was also given as Edward Leonard. He had been a coal dealer. His parents were born in South Carolina. At the time of Leonard's death, there were no known living relatives. Leonard is buried in McPherson Cemetery, Clyde, Ohio. *According to the Fiser Funeral Home Register of Clyde, Ohio, Leonard was born in South Carolina.

Source: Obituary Fremont Daily Messenger Feb. 4, 1931
Fremont Daily News Feb. 3, 1931
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh.us;
Fiser Funeral Home Register, Clyde, Ohio.

Isaac Ellison

Born August 28, 1828 (birth date also given as August 22, 1832) in Seneca County, Ohio, also known as Isaiah Ellison; enlisted as a corporal in Company H, 27th USCT. He was a resident of Clyde, but at the time of his death Ellison lived on Second St. in Fremont, Ohio. Ellison was survived by his wife, 3 children, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers. He died April 19, 1907, at the age of 78 years, 7 months, and 23 days, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio.

Source: Obituary Fremont Daily News April 19, 1907, April 22, 1907 Clyde Enterprise April 25, 1907;
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh


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Isaac Ellison
Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio
Courtesy of Wayne Van Dorn

Ira White

Born 1844; enlisted as a private Ballville Twp., Sandusky County, 27th USCT, April 12, 1864. Discharged by order of the War Dept. Oct. 5, 1864.

Source: Sandusky County Civil War Soldiers

Milton Holt

Born 1833; enlisted as a private in Company A, 5th USCT in Sandusky County, Ohio. Holt lived in Lorain, Ohio, for the last 30 years of his life. Holt died Feb. 4, 1903 at the age of 70 years. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain County, Ohio.

Source: Obituary Sandusky Register Feb. 16, 1903.
Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Research History Class Washington Court House Senior History Class. URL: http://www.washingtonch.K12.oh

John T. Dixon
Born March 4, 1847, Died May 28, 1901, aged 54. Buried at Fountain Cemetery, (Seneca/Hancock County). Dixon married Aurelia Ellison (sister of Isaac Ellison, who was also a Civil War veteran. She died of heart disease May 16, 1910. aged 62 years, 7 months, 24 days. Buried at Fountain Cemetery (Seneca/Hancock County).

Joshua M. Dotson
Born Nov. 29, 1803, into slavery in Kanawha Falls, West Virginia. (The 1870 census states he was born in Tennessee.)He escaped and came to Fremont, Ohio in 1862 and resided in Fremont until his death at the age of 80 on April 22, 1891. He served as a cook in the 100-day regiment, the 169th Ohio. He was survived by his granddaughter Elizabeth Rittenhouse.

Source: Fremont Journal April 24, 1891
Sandusky County, Ohio 1870 Census