Black Union soldier honored at Va cemetery

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A black Union soldier who died at a Civil War field hospital in Lynchburg is being remembered by the local Sons of Union Veterans.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A black Union soldier who died at a Civil War field hospital in Lynchburg is being remembered by the local Sons of Union Veterans.

Pvt. Alan Bobson of the Ohio-based 27th Regiment, United States Colored Troops Infantry, died in 1863 in Crumpton’s Tobacco Factory, which served as a field hospital.

The News & Advance reports that Bobson was honored Sunday at a dedication of a Veterans Administration plaque at Old City Cemetery.

Bobson died in Lynchburg about four months after joining Union forces but it isn’t known where he suffered his mortal wounds. Cemetery officials say Bobson is believed to be interred with a handful of other black soldiers in the cemetery’s so-called "Negro Row."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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