1929: Civil War Veteran Answers Last Call

Back row, near flag - George Washington
George Washington

Middletown, Conn., Feb. 28.–(A. N. P.)–George Washington, ex-slave, was buried here Monday with military honors. He fought with valor throughout the Civil war with the Union forces and was very proud of his war record. He was a member of the local Grand Army post and always acted as color bearer on Memorial day.

The post escorted the body to the grave.

Washington did not know the date of his birth but he was of a ripe old age. His long time owner, Miss Cornelia H. Wetmore, who survives him, celebrated her ninety-ninth birthday last month. Washington refused to leave her and for years was a sort of major domo in the family.

From the Pittsburgh Courier, Mar. 2, 1929.
Mansfield Post, circa 1920.
Mansfield Post, circa 1920.
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