Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section#1, lot 124, map grid G/33
Birth: Aug. 12, 1825
Death: Apr. 26, 1891
Union Army officer. Born Orindatus Simon Bolivar Wall in Richmond County, North Carolina, the son of planter, Stephen Wall, and his slave, Pricilla. He and four of his siblings were manumitted in 1837 when their father sent them to the Harveysburg Black School in present day Ohio. He attended Oberlin College before establishing a boot and shoemaking business. In 1854 he married Amanda Thomas, the couple had eight children. He read law under John M. Langston. At the onset of the Civil War, he and Langston raised recruits for the first black regiment of volunteers which would become the 104th Colored Infantry Volunteers. In March 1865, he became the first black man ever commissioned as captain in the Regular Army. He was detailed to Charleston, South Carolina as provost marshal and served until the end of the war receiving an honorable discharge in February 1865. He established a law practice in Washington, DC and held offices such as magistrate of police precinct, representative in District legislature, notary public, and justice of the peace. In April 1890, he suffered an apparent stroke while in court and was carried to his home where he died some two weeks later. Originally interred at Graceland Cemetery, he was re-interred at the National Cemetery at Arlington in September 1895.