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Groups plan ceremony for black Union soldier buried in Dahlonega
Rucker's unit fought in Battle of Decatur in Alabama
Cpl. Isaac G. Rucker is buried at this grave marker in Mount Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega. - photo by SARA GUEVARA
DAHLONEGA — Isaac Rucker escaped slavery in North Georgia and fled to Knoxville, Tenn., where he joined the Union Army’s black forces. After the Civil War, he returned home and lived out the rest of his days, his body buried atop a hill at Mount Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega. A former Confederate sergeant signed for Rucker to get his federal pension.