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Further Research Needed on These African American Civil War Veterans

Posted By on February 19, 2016

Additional information is sought on the following African American Civil War veterans:

From the Harrisburg Patriot, 21 April 1913:

JAMES E. DENT

James E. Dent, aged 72 years, died Saturday morning at his home, 1102 North Cameron Street [Harrisburg] after a long illness.  He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 520 and a Civil War veteran.  He is survived by his wife and the following children:  Helen Dent, Anna Dent, Lizzie Dent, Charles Dent, and Claude Dent.  The funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at his late home the Rev. J. Francis Lee, Pastor of the Wesley Union A. M. E. Church, officiating.  Interment will be made in the Lincoln Cemetery.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 29 April 1909:

DEAD AT AGE OF 93

Joseph J. Johnston, Oldest Colored Resident, Succumbs to Old Age

After a short illness of apoplexy, Joseph J. Johnston, the oldest colored resident of Harrisburg, died yesterday morning at 7:45 o’clock at the residence of his nephew, 745 Cumberland Street, where he made his home.  He was aged 93 years, seven months and nineteen days.  Death was due to old age.

Johnston was born in Harrisburg in 1816, and with the exception of the time he served in the Civil War, he resided here all his life.  He was born on State Street, between Third and Fourth Streets, now occupied by the Capitol.  He enlisted in Company G, Twenty-fourth Richmond Regiment.  He was discharged 1 October 1865.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from his home and the services will be conducted by Rev. John Fukua, of this city.  Interment will be made in the Lincoln Cemetery.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 24 June 1909:

Death of John M. Johnson

John M. Johnson, 66 years old, a veteran of the Civil War, died at this residence, 128 Ridge Street [Harrisburg], at 7 o’clock, Tuesday morning.  He had been in poor health for several months and two weeks ago had an attack of apoplexy from which he suffered until his death.  He was a member of the G. U. I. O. O. F., and the Colored Masons, of which he was a member will have charge of the funeral which will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The services will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Fartrea of the Monumental A. M. E. Church and interment will be made in the Lincoln Cemetery.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 20 February 1914:

DEAD AT 111

Camden, New Jersey – 19 February 2014 — Theodore Harris, colored, whose funeral was held here today was 111 years old when he died, according to War Department records.  He was born on the eastern shore of Maryland, 13 February 183.  Harris was a veteran of the Civil War and received a pension.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 2 January 1912:

James C. Greenley

James C. Greenley, aged 66 years, a Civil War veteran, died at his home, 1336 Fulton Street [Harrisburg], Sunday night.  He was a member of the Fifth Massachusetts Cavalry. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Anna Greenley Bradley.  The funeral services will be held at the Harris A. M. E. Zion Church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. W. H. Marshall, pastor of the church, will officiate, and burial will be made in Lincoln Cemetery.

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Obituaries are from the on-line resources of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

 


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One Response to “Further Research Needed on These African American Civil War Veterans”

  1. JE says:

    James E. Dent – Co. C 127th USCT

    Joseph Johnston – Co. G 24th USCT

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