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58 Maury Civil War soldiers added to monument

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By TIM HODGE
The Columbia Daily Herald

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) - Five African-American gentlemen in full 1860s-era Union troop regalia marched toward the west side of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia.

Two of them held the Tennessee and United States flags, a slight breeze brushing leaves past their feet as clouds covered the sky.

The men were part of the 13th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops honor guard. They were there to pay tribute to 54 members of the U.S.C.T. and four white soldiers from Maury County who fought and died for the Union in the Civil War.

The 58 names were recently discovered and added to Maury County War Memorial Monument on the courthouse lawn. Several ancestors of those men were present during the ceremony this month, and some applauded as their relatives' names were read aloud.

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