Friday, May 24, 2013

Civil War Service of Solomon Northup Family Members

Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the mid-19th century, was rescued and authored a book about his experiences. A movie adaptation of his book, Twelve Years a Slave, will be released late in 2013.

This Memorial Day, keep in mind two members of Solomon Northup’s family who served in the Civil War: Charles Stanton (the stepson of Solomon’s daughter Margaret), and Solomon’s son, Alonzo.

Stanton served in the 54th Massachusetts, was wounded during the attack on Fort Wagner, and died a year and a half later in a Confederate prison.

Alonzo served in what was called the United States Colored Troops. He was in the 26th Regiment, one of 3 black regiments from New York State. He was wounded and received a military pension some years after the war.