AfriGeneas Western Frontier Forum
Black Civil War Vet's Unmarked Grave
According to local residents a Black Civil War Veteran is buried in Manny Cemetery near McConnell, Illinois. Only a G. A. R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Star marks the grave, a cinder block filled with cement inscribed with 'SHAMWAY' acts as a makeshift gravestone, no name. The Manny Cemetery Register has a note that says -according to Ray Kleckner, Lena,IL - "My Father made this marker, the person in this grave was a Civil War Veteran; a blackman who worked for the Shamway's" The Stephenson Co. census for 1870 and 1880 shows a black farm laborer named H. E. (Ezekiel) Henry in the area and I found a white Lieutenant Colonel named Sam'l Shannessy, a member of GAR Post 98, who was an officer with the 51st U.S.Colored Infantry, in a Freeport, Stephenson Co., IL Obituary. I am a Civil War Reenactor myself and am looking for a way to solve the mystery of who this Veteran is, so a fitting marker can be placed and due honor given him!