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Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Seven Patriot Heroes

Homes and Last Resting Places

 
 
Seven Patriot Heroes CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
1. Seven Patriot Heroes CWT Marker
Inscription. Nearby were the homes of three Afro-Virginians who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War. Sgt. March Corprew, Co. I, 2nd USCT Cavalry, and his brother Pvt. Daniel Corprew, Co. D, 1st USCT Cavalry, lived on a plantation here before enlisting. Pvt. Samuel Hopper, Co. C, 38th USCT Infantry, also lived nearby. He was killed in action on September 29, 1864, at the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm (New Market Heights), just east of Richmond.

Three other USCT veterans are buried in the Northwest Bethel Baptist Church cemetery: Cook Wilson Nixon, Co. G, 155th Regiment New York Infantry, Under-Cook Pati Creekman, Co. D, 81st Regiment New York Infantry, and Pvt. Lewis Deford, Co. E, 10th USCT. Pvt. Adda Smith, Co. I, 10th USCT, is buried about 5 miles south of here in a cemetery at the intersection of St. Bride’s Rd. and Battlefield Blvd.

Although many blacks volunteered to fight for the Union and for freedom as soon as the war began, they were turned away until President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Lincoln authorized the raising of USCT regiments on May 22, 1863, under General Orders No. 143. At first relegated to non-combat duties, USCTs had to “fight for the right to fight.” Eventually, more than 200,000 African Americans, many of them formerly
East lawn of the NSA Northwest Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
2. East lawn of the NSA Northwest Chapel
enslaved, served in the U.S. Army and Navy during the major campaigns and battles of the second half of the war. Sixteen black soldiers and four sailors received the Medal of Honor for valor in combat.

There is restricted public access to Bethel Baptist Church cemetery, please inquire at gate.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 34.17′ N, 76° 14.759′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Relay Road and Ballahack Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the east lawn of the NSA Northwest Chapel‎. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3405 Relay Road, Chesapeake VA 23322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Bride's Church (approx. 3 miles away); Dividing Line (approx. 3.2 miles away in North Carolina); Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); Moycock (approx. 5.1 miles away in North Carolina); The Cuffeytown Thirteen (approx.
Camp of 10th U.S. Colored Infantry image. Click for full size.
circa 1865
3. Camp of 10th U.S. Colored Infantry
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-02166}
6.2 miles away); Glencoe (approx. 7.9 miles away); North West Canal (approx. 7.9 miles away); Dismal Swamp Canal (approx. 8.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chesapeake.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Unidentified brothers in arms image. Click for full size.
circa 1863
4. Unidentified brothers in arms
Two unidentified African American union soldiers, full-length portrait, wearing uniforms, seated with arms around each other's shoulders, facing front. Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-13484]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,050 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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