Exhumed black Civil War veterans honored before burial in national cemetery

NEWVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Three black Civil War veterans were honored Wedneday before their proper burial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

A ceremony was held Wednesday in Penn Township, Cumberland County, where the men were originally buried on a neglected property overrun by trees and brush. The burial was to follow at 1 p.m.

According to the 1935 Report for Veterans’ Grave Registration Record from Cumberland County, Cpl. William Anderson served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the all-black regiment featured in the movie “Glory.”

Pvt. Greenburg Stanton served in the Massachusetts Cavalry. John Nelson’s regiment and rank is not known.

Lowell Hassinger once lived on the property and took care of the site until he moved. He contacted Penn Township supervisors, who recruited Boy Scout Troop 185 to clear the site.

Ash and dust was found, but they still wanted to honor the men by burying them at a place where their service can be honored.

The men will be the first Civil War veterans buried at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

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