Born and raised in Natchez, and with so many of my family members buried in that city's historic and beautiful cemetery, I would only have a few questions regarding these men. Did they die in Natchez? Or, did they die somewhere else and were brought to Natchez for burial? Natchez and Vidalia, LA (across the River) had been under Union occupation since May 1862 until the end of the war, and had a large garrison there - Fort McPherson - which was adjacent to the cemetery. The garrison included a number of USCTs, as well, who were required pitch their camp where the 'contraband' were kept each day along the River bank, then climb up the "Thousand Steps" to the top of the bluff to do their drilling, guard duty, etc. So much for Yankee 'equality.'