Eli Coleman

Eli Coleman was born in 1846 and has a long memory of enslavement.  In this excerpt he describes what it was like to serve alongside his enslaver in the Civil War.

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Master was a colonel in the war and took me along to care for his horse and gun. Those guns, you couldn’t hear anything popping. We [redacted] had to go all over and pick up those who were killed. The hurt we carried back. Those too badly hurt we had to carry to the burying place and the White man would finish killing them, so we could roll them in the hole.  

Formerly enslaved person
Birth Year (Age)Interviewer
WPA Volunteer
Enslaver’s Name
Eli Coleman1846 (91)UnknownGeorge Brady
Interview LocationResidence StateBirth Location
Themes & KeywordsAdditional Tags:
Civil WarFirst person, witnessed extreme cruelty, Union Troops