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Gilchrist, Samuel (born 1839), Union Army Officer, Carpenter, Slave

Glenn Allen Knoblock

in African American National Biography

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195301731
Gilchrist, Samuel (born 1839), Union Army Officer, Carpenter, Slave

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Civil War soldier and Butler Medal recipient, was born in Surry County, Virginia. Likely a former slave, Gilchrist enlisted for service in the 2nd North Carolina Colored Volunteers Regiment at Hampton, Virginia, on 3 October 1863 for three years. Military records list his age as twenty-four, his height 5'10½”, his skin color as brown, and his occupation as carpenter. One of the regiment's enlistees at its inception, composed largely of blacks from North Carolina and Virginia, Gilchrist surely showed leadership qualities from the start as he soon rose from the rank of private to...

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