Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Hero
African Americans were not allowed to serve as soldiers in the United States Army until authorized by the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. Even then, they had to fight for the right to fight, being first relegated to the garrison, guard, and labor details. Once in combat, however, black troops proved their valor time and again.
Seven African American regiments (called U.S. Colored Troops or USCTs) were raised in Maryland: the 4th, 7th, 9th, 19th, 30th, 39th and 118th. The Maryland General Assembly offered bounty money to each man who enlisted as well as to the owners who freed their slaves for service. Many slaves, however, freed
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails, and the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 39° 16.128′ N, 76° 48.612′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Rogers Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Road (approx. half a mile away); MaryLandscapes (approx. half a mile away); Ellicott’s Mills (approx. half a mile away); New Fire Station & Transit Terminal (approx. half a mile away); Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department (approx. half a mile away); Jonathan Ellicott Building (approx. half a mile away); Friends Meeting House and Graveyard (approx. 0.6 miles away); Baltimore Regional Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ellicott City.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photograph of a company of the 4th USCT. On the right is a photo of an Army version of the Medal of Honor.
Also see . . . Decatur Dorsey's grave at Findagrave.com. (Submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
1. hometown of Decatur Dorsey
Decatur Dorsey was born a slave in New London, MD. His brother (my great grandfather) started a church in New London which still stands. He was a runaway slave who entered the army in Howard County. My Grandmother raised me and she often told stories of Decatur and thought he was killed in the war until his grave was found in NJ in the late 80's or early 90's. I lived in New Jersey during this time and no one bothered to contact us for any info. I was Cmdr of an American Post in the 80' and could have been contacted very easily. Being a soldier I, like to keep the records straight. I also doubt that Decatur attend school in Howard county. My grandmother was born in 1870 and died in 1955. There are a lot of Dorsey's in Howard county with some being relatives of mine. If anyone knows of a Sgt. Joe Dorsey please have him contact me.
Maurice H. Dorsey
SFC USA Retired
— Submitted April 10, 2012, by Maurice H. Dorsey of Butler, Pennsylvania.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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