Monday, January 17, 2011

Military Monday: Ira Fields, U.S. Colored Infantry

During the Civil War, Ira Fields (or Field, as some records identify him) served with the Unassigned Company A, organized out of Alexandria and also known as the Virgnia Colored Guards, in the U.S. Colored Infantry.

Photo courtesy of the Military & Historical Image Bank.

According to census and death records, Fields was born in Virginia around 1838. After the war, he and his wife Francis lived in the District of Columbia where he worked as a laborer and janitor. Ira Fields died in July 1918 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Section 23.

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