West, Mordecai

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Mordecai West was born around 1838 in Montgomery, Pennsylvania and worked as a farmer prior to the Civil War. He enlisted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to serve a three year term as a member of Company A of the 6th United States Colored Troops. West was described as being five feet and four inches tall with hazel eyes and black hair. He mustered in on July 28, 1863, was promoted to corporal on December 27, 1863, before being wounded in action at Petersburg, Virginia on June 15, 1864. West returned to active duty on August 20, 1864. He married Elizabeth in 1866 and the two had a daughter named Annie. West worked as a laborer after the war and was laid to rest in Treemont Cemetery in Norristown, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1908. (By Brenna McKelvey)

Life span
01/01/1838—11/21/1908

Life Summary

Full name
  Mordecai West
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Estimated
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  Black
Sectional choice
  North
Origins
  Free State
No. of Spouses
  1
No. of Children
  1
Family
 
Elizabeth West (wife, 1866), Annie West (daughter)
Occupation
  Military
  Farmer or Planter
Relation to Slavery
  Free black
Military
  Union Army

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