Honoring Our Civil War Dead

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On Wednesday 16 November 2016, a few members of the 53rd PVI participated in a re-burial ceremony at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery of 3 Federal black Civil War soldiers.  One was a member of the 54th Mass. (the “Glory” regiment).  A second was in the Mass. Cavalry.  Little is known of the 3rd solder.  They had originally been interred over in Cumberland County in approx. the 1880s, but more recently, these graves were disinterred since they were now on a modern residential property.  We saw the story on the news and decided to participate in their reburial at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  Modern Civil War re-enactors being able to participate in the burial of original Civil War vets is a very rare occasion.  A burial ceremony with full military honors was bestowed to these Federal soldiers at the Gap.  We served as the Civil War honor/color guard for this ceremony.  Participating in the ceremony were [see 1st photo]: (standing left to right) Private Steve Dillon, Corporal Matthew Steger, Private Eric Ford.  Photos courtesy of Pat Rose.