Ohio town honors forgotten Civil War soldier
In Anderson Township, Ohio, an African American Civil War soldier will have a gravestone for the first time since he died 84 years ago. Clay Trotter was a farmer in Lexington, Ky., when he was recruited in 1864 to join the Union cause. When he was discharged two years short of his three-year tour of duty, he still owed 95 cents for his uniform.
On Thursday at 12:30 p.m., a military tombstone will be unveiled at Trotter's grave and an honor guard from American Legion Post 318 will pay tribute to him.
All that is known about his private life is that he died at age 90 in 1926 and was buried in Hill Crest, a private cemetery for the indigent. His wife Mary was listed as the only family member on his burial card.
Trotter might have remained a forgotten soldier except for a three-year-long campaign to restore the 2,000-plot burial ground that ended seven years ago. As part of that project, Anderson Township trustee Russ Jackson researched every grave in an attempt to place a name and a marker on it. His work continues today.
Three years ago, he began his hunt for Trotter’s site. He found it last year.
Reporter Steve Remme of Enquirer.com has more on this story.
| November 10, 2010; 4:58 PM ET
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