Some Local Civil War Heroes

One of the first Civil War veterans' graves visible upon entering Eden Cemetery is that of Robert Daniels, a 22-year-old "oysterman" from Baltimore, when he enlisted with Company I of the 19th U.S. Colored Infantry on June 7, 1864. He died Feb. 18, 1924 in Philadelphia and is buried in Celestine, the oldest section of Eden.

Nathaniel Logan of Philadelphia, a corporal in Company A of the 6th U.S. Colored Infantry, suffered a gunshot wound to his right foot on June 15, 1864 at Petersburg, Va. A 29-year-old married carpenter when he enlisted in the Army, Logan was 93 in 1927 when he died and was buried in Eden.

Perry Bolden, a private in Company A of the 41st U.S. Colored Infantry, was a Teamster from Darby, who had a wife and at least three children when he died around age 75 and was buried on March 14, 1919 at Eden.

According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Bolden lived on Marks Avenue about a block away from Darby shoemaker Nimrod West Johnson, who served in Company F of the 7th U.S. Colored Infantry. He died of a heart condition on New Year's Eve 1906 and was buried Jan. 4, 1907 in Eden.

Laborer Benjamin Cork, a Navy veteran of the Civil War, was also a Darby resident who married in 1873, 10 years after enlisting in the service at age 21. He died of "cardiac degeneration" on April 2, 1912 and was buried at Eden two weeks later.