Medina County, Ohio: Black Men in the Civil War

At this time, no Black Civil War soldiers or sailors have been located who were born, lived, enlisted in, or are buried in Medina County. The Ohio Soldiers Graves Registration records list several United States Colored Troops buried there, but one is an error and the others cannot be corroborated. One man may have been credited to the county to help meet the draft quotas. James Gilson, a private in the 5th USCI, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio. The private, who was shot in the left jaw at the Battle of New Market Heights in September 1864, had enlisted in August 1863 in Granger Township in Guernsey County. Gilson returned there after the war. Sometime before his death in 1910 he moved to Noble County. The family buried the veteran in the Senecaville Cemetery in Richland Township. His military records indicate that he may have been credited to Medina County.

Where is Medina County?

Ohio Map showing Medina County

Township Map of Medina County

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