Frank M. Welch – First Lieutenant, United States Army

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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

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