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Christian A Fleetwood

 
 
Christian A Fleetwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
1. Christian A Fleetwood Marker
Inscription.
Medal of Honor
Sergeant Major 4th US Colored Troops
Civil War
1840 † 1914

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.522′ N, 76° 52.782′ W. Marker is in Hyattsville, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Sheriff Road. Click for map. Marker is in the National Harmony Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7101 Sheriff Road, Hyattsville MD 20785, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomas R Hawkins (here, next to this marker); Osborne Perry Anderson (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Keckly (a few steps from this marker); Philip Reed (approx. 0.2 miles away); Highland Park High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Beall’s Pleasure (approx. 1.5 miles away); Ridgeley Rosenwald School (approx. 1.6 miles away); All Veterans of Seat Pleasant (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hyattsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Christian Fleetwood. Sergeant Major, July 21, 1840- September 28, 1914, Civil War Trust. (Submitted on June 19, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Diary of Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood
Christian A Fleetwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
2. Christian A Fleetwood Marker
. Excerpts, National Humanities Center. (Submitted on June 19, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

3. The Negro as Soldier. by Christian A. Fleetwood, 1895. (Submitted on June 19, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Resolution image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
3. Resolution
Be it hereby known to all that The State Senator of the 24th District offers his sincerest congratulations to Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood, Fourth U.S. Colored Infantry. The entire legislative team extends best wishes on this memorable occasion and directs this resolution be presented on this 26th day of May 1997.
Decatur W. Trotter
State Senator
from a display in the Harmony Memorial Park Office
Biography image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
4. Biography
Sergeant Major Christian A. Fleetwood, newspaper editor, government official and musician, was born July 21 1840, at Baltimore Maryland, to free parents of African Descent. The Protégé of an affluent sugar merchant, he traveled to Liberia and Sierra Leone as secretary of the Maryland Colonization Society and graduated from Pennsylvania's Ashmun Institute (which later became Lincoln University) in 1860. He co-published the upper South's first Black newspaper, the Lyceum Observer, before enlisting as a sergeant in Company G, Fourth Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, during the American Civil War. He quickly advanced to regimental sergeant major and saw extensive battle action in North Carolina and Virginia. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor a the Battle of Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, Virginia, on September 29, 1864. Despite his indisputable qualifications, his nomination to become a commissioned officer was rejected because of his race, and he left the army on May 4, 1866. After the war he became a prominent member of Washington, D. C.'s Black community. Among his many distinctions was advancement to the command of the Sixth Battalion of the District of Columbia National Guard with the rank of major in 1887. In 1888 he and Major Charles B. Fisher organized the Districts Colored High School Cadet Corps, and Fleetwood became its first instructor. While working in various minor positions in the civil government, he was active in church activities and renowned as one of the city's finest choirmasters. He died September 28, 1914, and was buried at Harmony Cemetery at its Rhode Island Avenue location, Washington D. C.
from a display in the Harmony Memorial Park Office
Officers of 4th U.S. Colored Infantry at Fort Slocum image. Click for full size.
By William Morris Smith, 1865
5. Officers of 4th U.S. Colored Infantry at Fort Slocum
Library of Congress
Christian A. Fleetwood image. Click for full size.
By William Morris Smith, 1865
6. Christian A. Fleetwood
Detail showing Sergeant Major Fleetwood wearing the Medal of Honor.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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