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Cuffeytown and the Cuffeytown Historic Cemetery

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Dating back to the 1800s, Cuffeytown was founded by Black people born who were born free. It is the oldest, continuous community in Virginia with that distinction. It is also known for the Cuffeytown 13, a group of African-Virginian Union Army Civil War veterans who served in the Colored Troops Infantry Regiments, which were organized in 1863 and 1864 after the Emancipation Proclamation authorized the recruitment of blacks for military service. These veterans were interred at the Cuffeytown Historic Cemetery. The cemetery is notable for having the largest number of interments of African-American Union Army Civil War veterans from Virginia