Effort to add to memorial leads to 58 additions for Civil War soldiers

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) - An effort to add the names of four black soldiers believed to have fought in the Battle of Nashville to the Maury County War Memorial ended up with 58 new names being honored.

Historians have authenticated the names of 58 Union soldiers - 54 black and four white - who were natives of Maury County and died in the Civil War.

A Saturday ceremony will celebrate the addition of the names.

Maury County Genealogical Society President Jo Ann McClellan told The Tennessean researchers spent hundreds of hours on research and likely didn't find all the soldiers missing from the memorial.

More than 5,000 black troops fought for the Union victory at the Battle of Nashville, fought Dec. 15-16, 1864


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