Almost totally unknown to Londoners, there were only 14 Black Chaplains in the US Civil War, and Garfield H White, who was one of them, started as a refugee slave who escaped to Canada, and while Pastor of the BME Church in then London, Canada West, wrote to US Secretary of War offering on behalf of the black congregation here in London to raise a company of men to fight for the Union Army. Although this never happened, Pastor White later moved back to the USA, and helped raise a black regiment in the state of Illinois. Another famous story of him was one day with other soldiers of his company he encounter an old woman who asked if by chance anyone knew a Garfield White, her son who had been sold away from her many, many years beforehand. He was brought forth and rejoined his mother, a totally chance encounter.
Civil War Veterans Buried in London, Ontario, Canada