August 20, 2014

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Remembering William and Susan Munday of Pendleton County

The headstone above marks the resting place of William Munday, Co. D., 100 U.S. C. Inf., a Civil War veteran. His resting place is out Hayes Station Road up in what is known locally as Crowes Holler. It is supposed that his wife, Susan, rests beside it, but no stone marks her grave or any of the others in the cemetery there.

In the hidden valleys of Kentucky are many unmarked graves with the stories of their owners lost to history. Such it is with the friends and relatives of William Munday who share a cemetery of jumbled field stones. Munday's is the only grave marked by a headstone inscripted with "Win. Munday, Co. D., 100 U.S. C. Inf." Army records list him as William Munday, Company D., 100 United States Colored Infantry.

Possibly an ex-slave turned farmer born in Pendleton County, Munday enlisted for three years in the U.S. C. Inf. on May 23, 1864 by a Captain Berry at Covington. His first appearance is at the age of 20 in June of 1864 as a private on the Muster and Descriptive Roll of a detachment of U.S. Colored Recruits commanded by a Captain Mussey at Nashville, Tennessee. He then appears on the records of Co. D, 100 Reg't U.S. Col'd Inf. in Nashville, Tennessee from September 1864 to December 1865.