Private Joseph NolanJoseph Nolan was born in Timbuctoo about 1847 died on June 3, 1865
25th Company H United States Colored Infantry
Joseph Nolan was born in Timbuctoo about 1847 to Susan and William Nolan(d). His cousin, Henrietta Wilson, came to live with her aunt, uncle and cousins when she was a young girl. She would marry Civil War soldier, Charles Love, just affter the war. Joseph Nolan, joined the 25th Company H United States Colored Infantry in early 1865. He was only 18 years old. Three months later he died on June 3, 1865 from fever and diarrhea in a hospital in Barrancas, Florida. 58 Word came home of his death. Sadly, Susan and William would never attend their son's funeral. In fact, when I researched Joseph's burial site, I concluded that he was most probably buried in an unknown site or trench in the National Barrancas Cemetery in the Civil War African American Regiment section. Some of the sites were marked by regiment only; some were not. Some sites had as many as 15 unknown soldiers buried in the trench grave. Organized at Philadelphia, Pa., January 3 to February 12, 1864. Sailed for New Orleans, La., on Steamer "Suwahnee" March 15, 1864 (Right Wing). Vessel sprung a leak off Hatteras and put into harbor at Beaufort, N. C. Duty there in the defenses, under Gen..Wessells, until April, then proceeded to New Orleans, arriving May 1. Left Wing in camp at Carrollton. Attached to Defenses of New Orleans, La., Dept. of the Gulf, May to July, 1864. District of Pensacola, Fla, Dept. of the Gulf, to October, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, U.S. Colored Troops, Dept. Gulf, October, 1864. 1st Brigade, District of West Florida, to January, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, U. S. Colored Troops, District of West Florida, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, U.S. Colored Troops, District of West Florida, to April, 1865. Unattached, District of West Florida, to July, 1865. Dept. of Florida, to December, 1865. SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of New Orleans, La., until July, 1864. Garrison at Post of Barrancas, Fla. (6 Cos.), and at Fort Pickens, Pensacola Harbor (4 Cos.), until December, 1865. Mustered out December 6, 1865.