Several weeks ago, I was bidding for a postcard (pictured here) which featured Levi Miller. Miller was an African-American and slave from Rockbridge County, Virginia who served in the 5th Texas Infantry Regiment. He received a full Confederate pension years before the Virginia legislature ever enacted legislation allowing such pensions for black Confederates. See records here.
I set my limit at $55 but was outbid. The winning bid was $98.50 - for a postcard! Anyway, I was in Lexington last week on business and took some time to poke around one of the cemeteries (as I often do) and, while there, snapped this photo of Miller's tombstone.
**Update: Thanks to fellow CW blogger Robert Moore for pointing out this information about Levi Miller's service in Professor Ervin Jordan's book about black Confederates. Very interesting. Click here. I had read this before, but could not recall where until Robert reminded me.