The Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse held an event this fall to honor Black Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery.
At the ceremony, James Jameson, a Black Civil War veteran who fought in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, was given a tombstone. There are 845 verified Civil War soldiers buried in Oakwood but of these 75-80 Civil War veterans are in unmarked graves and 10 of these are African American soldiers.
This event served as a launching point for the larger project of marking all unmarked Civil War veterans’ graves.
To read the article that appeared in The Daily Orange, go to: https://dailyorange.com/2021/11/oakwood-cemetery-project-aims-mark-80-civil-war-veterans-graves/
To see the list of all the Civil War veterans buried at Oakwood Cemetery, go to: https://hocpa.org/initiatives/highlighting-civil-war-veterans/
Check out our links to local military records at: https://www.newyorkgenlinks.com/militaryrecords/