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The 54th Mass. Infantry Regiment, US Colored Troops

 
 
The 54th Mass. Infantry Regiment, US Colored Troops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, November 20, 2010
1. The 54th Mass. Infantry Regiment, US Colored Troops Marker
Inscription. In 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment was among the first Civil War combat units open to African Americans. Troops from Pennsylvania made up more than 20 percent of the acclaimed unit. Mercersburg was second only to Philadelphia in mustering volunteers from the Commonwealth. The valor shown by the regiment improved regard for Black soldiers and helped spur recruiting. Of 38 USCT Civil War veterans buried here, 13 served in the 54th Mass.
 
Erected 2009 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 49.206′ N, 77° 54.341′ W. Marker is in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on Bennett Avenue when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mercersburg PA 17236, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zion Union Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mercersburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mercersburg Borough (approx. half a mile away); The Archibald Irwin House (approx. half a mile away); James Buchanan (approx. half a mile away); John Darby, Lot 14, 1786 (approx.
The 54th Mass. Infantry Regiment, US Colored Troops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, November 20, 2010
2. The 54th Mass. Infantry Regiment, US Colored Troops Marker
0.6 miles away); Ambush at Mercersburg (approx. 0.6 miles away); Col. Murphy's Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mercersburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Find-a-Grave page for Zion Union Cemetery. (Submitted on July 17, 2011, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
2. List of USCT veterans buried in Zion Union Cemetery via Dickinson College's House Divided site. (Submitted on July 17, 2011, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
3. PA Civil War Trails - Zion Union Cemetery. (Submitted on July 18, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. 54th Mass.org. (Submitted on July 18, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Civil War re-enactor Howard Lambert (B Co. 54th MVI) posses at the Marker during image. Click for full size.
May 2009
3. Civil War re-enactor Howard Lambert (B Co. 54th MVI) posses at the Marker during
annual "Remembrance Day" ceremonies in Mercersburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2011, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 858 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2011, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 18, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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