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Frank M. Welch
First Lieutenant, United States Army
Massachusetts State Flag
His private memorial in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery reads:

Frank M. Welch
First Lieutenant, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry
October 27, 1841 - February 10, 1907

Those familiar with Civil War history will recall that the 54th Massachusetts was the first all-black Regiment which served in the war. They were led by white officers and were eventually virtually destroyed in the storming of Battery Wagner, South Carolina. Their story is portrayed very well in the movie "Glory."

His wife, Hattie Welch, is named on his stone, but there are no dates for her.

WELCH, FRANK M
 1ST LT 54TH MASS INF
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 02/10/1907
DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
BURIED AT: SECTION OFS  SITE 123-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

WELCH, HATTIE W/O FRANK M
DATE OF DEATH: 01/01/1936
DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/06/1936
BURIED AT: SECTION WEST  SITE 123-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIDOW OF FRANK M. WELCH  1ST LT 54TH MASS
COL INF US ARMY
 

FM Welch PHOTO

FM Welch Gravesite PHOTO
Photograph By M. R. Patterson, October 2002


Updated: 3 November 2000  Updated: 30 June 2002 Updated: 9 October 2002  Updated: 15 July 2003 Updated: 4 September 200
4 Updated: 17 September 2005

FW Welch Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003