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The Civil War & Jeremiah Freeman
Another Piece of the Puzzle

This is the Civil War service record for Jeremiah N. Freeman from Canada who joined the 10th regiment of United States Colored Troops, Company F; was 28, 5 ft 8" when he was mustered into service at Auburn, New York on April 3, 1865. Note that Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865 (and Abraham Lincoln was shot April 14th, 1865), so Freeman never had a chance to join his regiment.

Interesting note on another page where Freeman swears that “he is a subject of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain”. He was paid by Edgar Sitzer to be a substitute because Sitzer had been drafted and did not wish to serve.

Talk about great timing for Jeremiah – presumably he got the money from Sitzer but never had to go to fight. His regiment was disbanded in May, 1865.

 

Discovered and shared by local historian and author, Bryan Prince.

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