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Ohio town honors forgotten Civil War soldier

By Linda Wheeler

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.

By Linda Wheeler  | November 10, 2010; 4:58 PM ET
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Comments

One can only hope that if this story gets exploited on Fox "News" we won't have to be attempting with its gullible audience that Kentucky during that time, although neutral at the beginning of the war, was on the side of the North when they fought.

Speaking of civil war - perhaps Roger Ailes, Republican strategist and President of Fox "News - will decide not to touch this one, let's hope he steers clear. His low-aiming and opportunistic encouragement of prejudice foisted on America has brought us Beck, Limbaugh, and O'Reilly who assert and reassert a purposely distorted, callously indulgent, campaign of misinformation, racebaiting, and anti-intellectual cowardice.

There is a civil war going on today that has formed its foundation at Fox "News" - at Rupert Murdoch's and Roger Ailes' feet -destroying facts and awarding bigots, whre the public is advised to be suspicious of real journalists and refute reality and where the audience's collective IQ is kept down to levels of mob mentality.

Stop averting your eyes to this cheap garbage that touts itself as "fair and balanced" and produces extreme ends and serves society best from the fringes where prejudice thrives. IT'S DANGEROUS.

Posted by: jakrdy | November 12, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Jakrdy,
Can you help me? I'm having a problem understanding what your rant about Fox news, which by the way I detest, has anything to do with the article you commented on?

Posted by: jonblackman57 | November 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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