Corporal Clinton Greaves Memorial Marker Ceremony 1pm, road closed 12:40pm

June 24, 2017

12:40 pm - 2:00 pm

War Memorial Lawn - Main Street Madison, VA 22727

Ceremony starts at 1pm, but road will be closed at 1240pm. Join Madison in this ceremony put on by American Legion Post #157 to honor Corporal Greaves.

Clinton Greaves was probably born a slave in Madison County, VA on August 12, 1855.  His father was John Graves (note spelling) a slave blacksmith in Madison County.

After freedom from slavery, Greaves later went to Prince Georges Co, MD where he worked as a laborer. On November 12, 1872 he joined the Army in Prince George’s Co, MD. Being illiterate he “made his mark” an X on his enlistment papers. He was recorded being about five foot, six inches in height and with black hair and black eyes. The enlisting officer apparently misunderstood his name and wrote “Greaves”. He was subsequently known as Greaves in all Army records, but his 1890 Census, civil, death, burial and cemetery records were recorded “Graves”.

By January 24, 1877 Greaves was serving as a Corporal in Company C of the 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment of the famed “Buffalo Soldiers.”  Because of his leadership abilities he was assigned to a Detachment which participated in a risky and ultimately violent engagement in the Florida Mountains of New Mexico. For his heroic action during the battle, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.