Prince Romerson

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Prince Romeson (died 1840-March 30, 1872) was a native Hawaiian Union soldier. He is one of the "Son of Hawaii of the Civil War" and one of more than 100 well-documented Native Hawaiians and Hawaii-born fighters who fought in the American Civil War, while the Kingdom of Hawaii is still an independent country.

Romeson lived in the northeastern United States before the war and joined the Federal Navy in 1863 as part of the blockade squadron responsible for maintaining the blockade of Confederate ports. After retiring from the Navy, he re-enlisted under the Massachusetts Color Volunteer Cavalry, 5th Army of the United States Color Corps (USCT), and was promoted to sergeant on June 1, 1864. USCC until the end of the war. Illness prevented him from continuing to transfer his regiment to Clarksville, Texas, and he was called out in 1865. After the war, he, like many former USCT veterans, remained one of the Buffalo soldiers in the border guard. He died in 1872.

Romeson’s military career shows that during the Civil War and shortly after the war, officers had different views on Native Hawaiians and people of color, who served in segregated troops. In 2010, a bronze plaque was erected along the memorial road at the Pacific National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu to commemorate the son of Hawaii who was in the Civil War.