Lincoln Cemetery, Penbrook, Pennsylvania
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Cemetery was opened in 1877 and older graves were moved here from the
old Wesley Union M.E. burial ground that was located on Herr Street near
Ridge Avenue (modern day Sixth Street).
tombstone, the inscription on which has worn away, is of a style popular
in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It is
possible that it pre-dates even the Herr Street site, having possibly
been moved there in the late 1850's from the old African American burial
grounds next to Meadow Lane and Fourth Street.
Slaughter was one of the last two surviving Civil War veterans in
Harrisburg. The other was John Henry Barton, who served in the 7th
U.S.C.T. regiment, and who is also buried at Lincoln Cemetery.
Escaping from slavery in North Carolina in 1863,
Slaughter joined Company B of the 3rd N.C. Colored Infantry, which
became the 37th U.S.C.T. infantry regiment. He moved to Harrisburg
well after the war and joined the local African American G.A.R., David
Stevens Post 520. He died on February 17, 1943, seven months after
Barton's death. Harrisburg American Legion Post 733 is named
in his honor.
Calobe Jackson notes, " I just found that Ephriam
Slaughter entered the USCT as Ephraim Newsome. Newsome was the surname
of Ephraim's owner when he was a slave in NC. Pension records list
both names. Ephraim Newsome is the name listed on USCT Memorial in
Washington DC." (email 26 October 2009)
of the most significant monuments in Lincoln Cemetery is inscribed,
"This monument erected in memory of the colored soldiers and
sailors of Dauphin C. who gave their lives for the Union in the
rebellion and to the unknown dead by a benevolent society composed of
the following persons Jane Chester, Laura Robinson, Cath.
McClintic, Matilda Greenley, Hagar Hoober, Mary Wolfe, Elisha Marshall,
Benj. J. Foote, Jas. Stocks, Jas. Greenley, Geo. E. Douglass, Jos. B.
1863, Harrisburg African American men traveled in large numbers to
Boston to enlist in two of the first state regiments to accept men of
One of these men, William T. Lee was 21 years old
when he was mustered into Company H of the 55th Massachusetts Infantry
regiment. Mustering in on June 6, 1863, Lee was probably one of
many "overflow" enlistments which began to fill out the ranks
of the 55th after the ranks of the 54th were full. Three days
after Lee was mustered in, 135 more men left Harrisburg for Boston to
enlist in this regiment.
Massachusetts "Colored" regiment, but lesser known, is the 5th
Cavalry, recruited at the same time as the 54th and 55th infantry.
Born in Baltimore, Thomas J. Miller enlisted in Company G of the 5th
Cavalry at age 21 on March 4, 1864. The 5th Massachusetts Cavalry
was one of the first units to enter Richmond after the fall of the
Confederate capital in 1865. Miller settled in Harrisburg after
the war. (for more on this regiment,
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