Excerpted from African American Faces of the Civil War by Ronald S. Coddington.
Copyright 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Reprinted by permission of the author and Johns Hopkins University Press. https://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title/10717/african-american-faces-civil-war
565 The officer, Capt. Leroy D. House (about 1829–1875), a clockmaker from Bristol, Connecticut, commanded Company I of the 108th U.S. Colored Infantry. He served in the Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry and the Third Veteran Reserve Corps before he joined the regiment. Capt. Leroy D. House to his friends, December 28, 1864. Leroy D. House Letters, Connecticut Historical Society.
566 Fanny Garvin pension record, NARA.
567 Sinclair Garvin (1791–1866) of Rockingham County, Virginia, owned nineteen slaves, according to the 1860 Slave Schedules. He married Harriet Woodson (1803–1863) in 1821. Woodsonville is named for her father, Thomas Woodson (1772–1857).
568 Abram Garvin military service record, NARA.
569 The soldier was Lafayette Rogan (1830–1906), who served as a second lieutenant in Company B of the Thirty-fourth Mississippi Infantry. Hauberg, “A Confederate Prisoner at Rock Island: The Diary of Lafayette Rogan,” p. 46.
570 Capt. Leroy D. House to “Friend B,” September 26, 1864. Leroy D. House Letters, Connecticut Historical Society.
571 Fanny Garvin pension record, NARA.
*Photo courtesy of the Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection, James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection in the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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