Honoring Our Civil War Dead

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On Wednesday 16 November 2016, a few members of the 53rd PVI were honored to be able to participate in a re-burial ceremony at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery of 3 black Federal Civil War soldiers.  One was a member of the 54th Massachusetts (the “Glory” regiment).  A second was in the Massachusetts Cavalry.  Little is known of the 3rd solder.  They had originally been interred in Cumberland County, PA in the 1880s, but more recently, these graves were disinterred since they were now on a modern residential property.  We saw the story on the local news and inquired further about possibly participating 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 veterans is an extremely rare occasion and quite an honor.  A burial ceremony with full military honors was bestowed to these men at Ft. Indiantown 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 are courtesy of Pat Rose.