Black Civil War vet buried in unmarked N.S. grave to finally get tombstone

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LOCKHARTVILLE, N.S. — A tombstone will be placed this weekend over the unmarked grave of a black Civil War veteran who joined the battle against slavery before dying in Nova Scotia almost 100 years ago.

Ben Jackson lies buried in a small cemetery across from the Stoney Hill United Baptist Church cemetery in Lockhartville.

A dedication ceremony, complete with an authentic Civil War re-enactment service, will be held Saturday afternoon.

Jackson, who served in the Union navy, died in 1915.

The ceremony will feature the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment doing a re-enactment of a Civil War memorial service.

The regiment members will be in period uniforms, complete with muskets.

“This is long overdue,” said St. Clair Patterson, co-chairman of a committee formed to have the headstone bought and placed over Jackson’s grave.

“Ben Jackson has been lying in an unmarked grave for all these years.”

Records show that Jackson proved his courage many times during active war duty. In one battle, a live shell landed on deck of his ship and he grabbed it and threw it overboard before it exploded.

Organizations: Stoney Hill United Baptist Church

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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