Monday, August 17, 2015

Runaway Slave Joined Union Army and Finally Receives Recognition

From the June 8, 2015, National Post "Runaway slave who joined Union fighters in the U.S. Civil War and lost leg finally received recognition."

Reno, nevada.  Received recognition June 7, 2015.

Private Scott Carnal of the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry died in 1917 at around the age of 73 in Dayton, 40 miles south of Reno, was forgotten until recently.  He was severely wounded at the Battle of Honey Springs in Oklahoma on July 17, 1863.

About 200 people attended his ceremony.

He was born in Virginia and joined the Union Army in Kansas in March 1863 shortly after running away from his master in Missouri.  he was about 19 at the time.

  His brigade played a major role in the Battle of Honey Springs, a turning point in the fighting west of the Mississippir River.  The battle was fought mostly by black soldiers.

Mr. Carnal was shot in the thigh and the wound festered.  Doctors amputated it nine years later.  he was eventually given a pension.  He married after the war and had a daughter.  He headed west to mine gold and silver in Colorado and Nevada.

--Old Secesh

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