Francis, Edward and Eliza
Edward Francis (b. 1830 in VA) was a former enslaved person of slaveholder Edy Francis from Madison County, KY. He enlisted in the Union Army in 1864 and was trained at Camp Nelson, KY, becoming a member of the 114th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops.
Francis and Eliza (b. 1839 in KY), the parents of three children, could not read or write, yet much of what is known about them comes from the letters that were written for them while Edward was away in the Army. Their letters are an example of how soldiers kept in touch with their families when neither was literate.
When the war ended, Edward Francis's unit was transferred to Texas; the unit served for two additional years. When he returned home to Madison County, Francis and Eliza had two more children. Edward married Susan Miller in 1893.
For more see M. Meyers and C. Propes, "I Don't fear nothing in the shape of man," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, vol. 101, issue 4 (2003), pp. 457-478.