James Cassell

DRobert John Beechinor, my great-grandfather, was born in Ireland in 1844. He came to America when he was a teenager and enlisted in the Union Army. In 1864, he was promoted to captain in command of Co. H, 30th U.S. Colored Infantry. He was severely wounded in a battle at Wilmington, North Carolina. Like many of the Irish immigrants during that time, his first real experience of American life was combat on American soil.escription