Pvt James H. Elbert

Pvt James H. Elbert

Birth
Delaware, USA
Death 18 Jun 1882 (aged 39–40)
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial Delaware City, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 21325644 · View Source
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Pvt. James H. Elbert, "C" Company, 8th United States Colored Infantry.

One of the "Five Heroes of Polktown," James H. Elbert, 8th Infantry. He was 24 when he enlisted in September of 1863. He followed his fellow Delawarean free blacks into the Civil War. James H. Elbert fought in many battles before being wounded at Darby Town Road in Virginia (Petersburg). When sent home to recuperate from his wounds, Pvt. Elbert stayed too long (no one told him to come back) and was charged with being absent without leave (AWOL), put in prison, but found not guilty. Pvt James H. Elbert of ‘C' Company lost 300 of his comrades in the Battle of "Olustee, Florida. Today his gravestone can be viewed in the African Union Cemetery at Polktown near Delaware City. It reads, "James H. Elbert, Co ‘C', 8th U.S.C.T.

Source: David Orr and Willis Phelps, members of "Friends of the African Union Cemetery".
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Delaware Death Records, 1811-1933
Name: James Elbert
Gender: Male
Birth Date: abt 1842
Death Date: 18 Jun 1882
Age at Death: 40
Residence: Delaware
Father: Charles
Mother: Julia
Collection and Roll: Death Records - 7
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  • Created by: Susan Lewis Arday
  • Added: 3 Sep 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 21325644
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt James H. Elbert (1842–18 Jun 1882), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21325644, citing African Union Church Cemetery, Delaware City, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Susan Lewis Arday (contributor 46576010) .