Salem W. Gillespie: A Black Civil War Soldier Who Built a Family on 2 Cents
Salem, an enslaved African American, enlisted with the 6th Calvary United States Colored Troops at Camp Nelson, KY in October of 1864. Upon his honorable discharge in April of 1866, he was owed $100.62. Sixty cents was taken for his uniform and $100 was given to his former owner, WJ Gillespie.
Hubert Price, the great-great grandson of Salem W. Gillespie, has done extensive research on his great-great grandfather as well as the conditions under which he and other brave black men fought
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