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Friday, April 14, 2006

Civil War Soldier Buried in East Berlin

USCT William Henry Smith


According to Samuel Asbell, author of, The Lost Black Legion, A search for the Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War in Camden County, New Jersey, there is a USCT buried in the East Berlin Cemetery. His name is William Henry Smith and his grave is unmarked. The map of his burial location would place his grave in the old part of cemetery, which is across the Chestnut Avenue. Asbell gives the following information on William:

  • (Appendix 1: Alphabetical lists of Servicemen, Army) Smith, Wm. Henry Co. B, 41st Regt. East Berlin (I) Pa. P. 1072
  • (Appendix 7: Cemetery Gravesite Maps) Buried in East Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, New Jersey. Map shows that he is buried on Cooper Road, on the side furthest from 73. Appears to be very close to Cooper road, in the center.
  • (Appendix 2: Regimental Histories and Compendium) The 41st Regiment USCT, organized at Camp William Penn, claimed approximately 254 black soldiers for which New Jersey took credit. Although initially serving guard duty at Deep Bottom, Virginia, the 41st got a taste of combat in the trenches before Chaffin’s Farm, Virginia, before becoming part of the Twenty-Fifth Corps. As part of the Twenty-Fifth Corps, the 41st fought in the Battle of Hatcher’s Run and the advance on the Petersburg defenses. After the collapse of Petersburg, the 41st pursued Lee’s Army to Appomattox, Virginia, and was present for the surrender. As part of the Twenty-Fifth Corps the 41st was transported to Texas for service on the Rio Grande border. The unit returned to Philadelphia in December 1865, for muster-out
  • (Appendix 2: Regimental Histories and Compendium) 41st Regiment Infantry organized at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, PA, September to November 7, 1864, ordered to join Army of the James, in Virginia, October 18, 1864. Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 10th Corps, to December 1864, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 25th Corps, to January, 1865, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division 25th Corps, January, 1865, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 25th Corps, and Dept of Texas to December, 1865.


We are looking for family members and further information on the life of this soldier. Please contact Shamele at jordonsh@jersey.net

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