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Civil war soldier gravestone discovered, it can provide vital clue to a long-lost African-American cemetery

connectVideoCivil War soldier’s tombstone was discovered by archaeologists in Delaware

Archaeologists have discovered that there is a civil war soldier’s gravestone, which provide a crucial clue to a long-lost African-American cemetery.

Archaeologists in Delaware have been discovered on the tombstone of a soldier in a civil war that could provide a vital clue in the uncovering of a long lost African-American cemetery.

Experts work at a house in the near Frankford, Sussex County, found the gravestone with the name “C. S. Hall,” and the designations “Co. K, 32nd U. S. C. T.” This refers to Company K of the U.S. 32nd Colored Troops, and that was a designation for the African-American soldiers, according to Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

Working under the guidance of the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office, archaeologists hired by the private landowner discovered at least nine other graves on the site, which is known as the Orr Property, or Hall Plantation.

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Experts have not yet aligned on the tombstone of a specific grave, and there is no information known about the people who are buried on the site. However, the site is known to the local community as well as with the remains of the Afro-Americans who lived in the area, officials say.

Tombstone of C. S. Hall, of the United States Colored Troops. (Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs)

“This cemetery is an important discovery for the community and to all Delawareans who value and appreciate our state’s rich history,” said Tim Slavin, director of the Department of Historical and Cultural Affairs, in the statement. “If the work continues at the site, we hope to learn more about the people who are buried, so that they can be properly commemorated, and their personal stories retold.”

Slave praised local neighbors who drew attention to the presence of the cemetery. “Their memories and local knowledge about the site and the location were key to the discovery of these graves,” he said. “She spoke, and thanks to them we can add a new page on Delaware history.”

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In this stage, the remains of the slaves not yet confirmed on the website, whether by means of archaeological excavations or analysis of historical data.

Sentry, African American soldiers of the Union, the American civil war, illustration from L’illustration, Journal Universel, No 1093, Volume XLIII, February 6, 1864.
(DEA / BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA /Getty)

Yet the discovery of the civil war soldier gravestone provides an insight into the lives of the people who are buried at the Frankford site.

The 32nd Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry was organized at Camp William Penn in Philadelphia between Feb. 7 on March 7, 1864, according to the National Parks Service. The regiment was ordered to Hilton Head, S. C., the following month, and remained there until June 1864, before moving to Morris Island, S. C., where it participated in the operations against Charleston. Later that year, the Regiment took part in the Expedition to Boyd’s Neck and the Battle of Honey Hill. In 1865, the 32nd Regiment also took part at the occupation of Charleston.

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The unit lost 150 soldiers during the civil war – two officers and 35 men were killed or mortally wounded, and 113 enlisted men died by disease, according to the National Park Service.

Civil war sites and artifacts from the time, regularly providing a fresh glimpse of the bloody conflict.

Last year, for example, the remains of two civil war soldiers were discovered in a surgeon buried pit at Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. Also in 2018, a holiday maker on a North Carolina beach captured drone footage of the civil war in the age of the shipwreck.

In 2017, forensic linguists said that they probably unraveled the mystery surrounding a famous civil war-era letter, long believed to have been written by President Abraham Lincoln.

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In 2015, the remains of an Employee of warship were raised from the Savannah River in Georgia. The following year, the wreck of a large iron-hulled civil war-era steamboat was discovered off the coast of North Carolina. The ship that was found off the Oak Island, N. C, has been provisionally identified as the blockade runner Agnes E. Fry.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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