3 black Civil War soldiers’ remains being moved to cemetery

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FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. (AP) – The remains of three African-American veterans of the American Civil War are being moved from their overgrown graves to the cemetery at central Pennsylvania’s Fort Indiantown Gap.

Pennlive.com reported Friday that a pair of public ceremonies next week will mark the transfer of the bodies of William Anderson, Greenburg Stanton and John Nelson from Huntsdale, Pennsylvania, to the national cemetery about 50 miles away.

Anderson was a corporal in the renowned 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry that was featured in the movie “Glory.”

Stanton was a private in the Massachusetts cavalry. Details of Nelson’s service record aren’t known.

The three were buried in a cemetery that was later moved about a half-mile away, but their remains were left behind and their graves became overgrown with trees, shrubs and brush.

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