Amanda Cleag – Historical Re-enactment

Historical Society Long Beach Cemetery Tour 2018 – Zadie Cannon as Amanda Cleag
Photo by Kayte Deioma

In August last year, I received a comment on this blog from Roxanne Padmore of the Historical Society of Long Beach offering me information about the death of Abraham Cleage. Of course I was! We began several months of sharing information and gathering more about Abraham and Amananda who had relocated from Athens, TN to Austin, TX to Los Angeles, CA and finally (for Abraham) Long Beach, CA.

The Historical Society puts on a graveside reenactment at the end of October in Long Beach Municipal Cemetery, where Abraham is buried. Abraham was highlighted in the past but in 2018 they wanted to tell the story from Amanda’s point of view.

After sharing newspaper articles and information from records and speculating, we ordered Abram’s and Amanda’s Civil War Pension files. The information we found there changed the narrative significantly and prompted me to order the pension files for other men who served with Abram Cleage and their widows in Company I, 1st Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery, during the Civil War.

6 thoughts on “Amanda Cleag – Historical Re-enactment

  1. Today I was so glad to be retired and have the leisure to watch this little video. It was such a great summation of Amanda’s life, what a good presentation! I was happy to hear your research and blog received credit as well. Thanks for posting it here.

  2. I am so very excited to know that I am acquainted with this family and would be so very honored to meet Kirsten in person. I feel as if I know you already!

    1. Wish I had gone up to Athens years ago. It’ll be after covid before I try to figure out how. Hope I last that long!
      (My name is spelled Kristin 🙂

  3. It was wonderful to watch this and see your work recognized. Reenactments like this make lives and history accessible.

    1. I enjoyed it too. I couldn’t get out to California for these but I went to a similar one that Spelman College did at a local cemetery featuring women who had graduated from Spelman over the years.

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