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Civil War Soldier Honored
It has been more than 120 years since his death but finally he was properly put to rest.
Private Lewis Martin was a young, African American solider who fought with the Illinois 29th Infantry United States Colored Troops in the Civil War.
Historians only recently discovered that Martin lived, died and was buried in Springfield, Illinois. His grave at Oak Ridge Cemetery was unmarked until his photograph caught the attention of historians.
"The image is haunting. A young, bare chested, African American man wearing a beaded necklace was missing an arm and a leg looks with sad eyes directly into the camera," Illinois 29th Infantry United States Colored Troops Re-Enactor Robert Davis said.
Historians were soon able to pinpoint the spot Martin was buried. On Saturday re-enactors unveiled a new headstone at that place. There was also a memorial service complete with prayer, music and military honors.