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Hurricane unearths lost Civil War grave

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A wonderful piece of black history has surfaced after Hurricane Harvey.

Victoria County, Texas resident Cody Shugart finally got the chance to mow his three acre property, after Hurricane Harvey turned his yard into a pool. He was mowing along the fence, when the blades of his mower hit something hard. It looked like a brick, or something.

Cody cleared a bunch of mud, before realizing, he had hit something that was so much more than a brick.

"And then I uncovered this name, I was like 'oh my gosh,' I just found somebody's headstone."

It was a headstone belonging to a man named Henry Mack.

Shugart reached out to a local historian to uncover Henry’s life story. Henry was a Union Soldier in the Civil War. He was a member of the 7th Regiment in the United States Colored Infantry.

They learned Private Mack was born a slave in Maryland. He had joined the Union Army to earn his freedom. He was a part of the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered. Mack was discharged from the Army in 1866. He married a woman named Annie and had a son named Thomas Mack.

History records show Private Mack died in Victoria County on May 24, 1906.

Shugart said, "A man who fought for the freedom of our country, a man who fought for his own freedom. That's something none of us nowadays could ever fathom having to do, a great American patriot is buried here on my property."

Shugart turned the makeshift memorial into a permanent monument, made with a flag pole and a cross made of pebbles.

Shugart says, "You know, I just want to do everything in my power to make sure that every time somebody drives down this road they see the man sitting here."

Even though it took a hurricane to find this treasure, Private Henry Mack will no longer remain hidden from history.

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