Three black Civil War soldiers’ remains being moved to cemetery

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP (AP) — The remains of three African-American veterans of the American Civil War will be moved next week from overgrown graves to the cemetery at central Pennsylvania’s Fort Indiantown Gap.

A pair of public ceremonies on Wednesday 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, Pennlive.com reported Friday.

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.

Christopher Hoffman of Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory said their old cemetery is now private property. The owner contacted local government officials about the graves several years ago, and in 2009 a group of Boy Scouts cleared much of the trees, shrubs and brush from the cemetery.

But some people thought more should done, so they got the men exhumed and their remains placed in new caskets.

“It is a privilege to assist in recognizing these Civil War veterans for their service to our country and give them a permanent place of remembrance,” Hoffman told Pennlive.com.