Soldier Stories

Biographical Profile of Pvt. Randall Edelen

“The most moving part was getting to see Mary Edelen, my 3rd Great-great grandmother’s mark on multiple documents. Seeing the X in place of her signature made the X, from a legal name change in my own name, even more significant.” Frank X Walker

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John Hunter Muster and Descriptive Roll

Biographical Profile of Pvt. John Hunter

The “Battle of Saltville” became a “Massacre” as Confederate troops retook the salt works, murdering in cold blood any Black servicemen left behind instead of taking them prisoner. Tragically, John Hunter was among the brave men who perished.

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Pvt. George Brown, 108th U.S. Colored Infantry

Biographical Profile of Pvt. George Brown

Although small in stature, Brown was a giant in Company F of the 108th U.S. Colored Infantry. His fighting spirit outweighed any physical limitations he might have had. He “does his duty—shaming larger men,” wrote the same company officer.

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Pvt. Lewis Chapman, Company F, 108th U.S. Colored Infantry

Biographical Profile of Pvt. Lewis Chapman

Lewis Chapman tended his enslaver’s fields on a farm near Munfordville, strategically located along a railroad and a vital federal supply line that ran into middle Tennessee. He probably glimpsed his first Union soldiers in late 1861…

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