Black Civil War veteran honored at Old City Cemetery

As a steady rain pelted down on the Confederate arch in the Old City Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, a black Union soldier was honored just a few feet away.

Little, if anything, is known of the military career of Pvt. Alan Bobson — just that it was short. Four months after being mustered into the 27th Regiment, United States Colored Troops Infantry in Ohio, Bobson died in Crumpton’s Tobacco Factory at the corner of 12th and Main in Lynchburg, a building that had been converted into a field hospital.

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