Hertford in Perquimans County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Rare Monument
“In Memory of the Colored Union Soldiers”
To remember the countyís African American Union soldiers, women of the black community, many of them the wives and widows of those men, erected one of the few such monuments in the nation on Academy Green in 1910. Coordinated by First Baptist Church and the United Daughters of Union Veterans, the monument is inscribed “In Memory of the Colored Union Soldiers Who Fought in the War of 1861-1865.” Academy Green was the location of the countyís first black school, library, and church (present-day First Baptist Church), which freed-men formed in a bush shelter in 1866. The
They Answered the Call
Three of the men whom this monument commemorates are buried in Perquimans County. Sgt. John Gordon served in Co. A, 1st U.S.C.T., organized in Washington, D.C., in May-June 1863. The regiment fought in Virginia (Wilsonís Wharf, The Crater, New Market Heights) and North Carolina (Fort Fisher). It also participated in Gen. Edward A. Wildís eastern N.C. expedition in Dec. 1863 and burned a Confederate camp near Hertford. It mustered out on Sept. 29, 1865. Pvt. John Sharp enlisted in Co. B. 37th U.S.C.T. at age 19 on Jan. 21, 1864, in Plymouth, N.C. His regiment fought at New Market Heights and Fort Fisher and mustered out on Feb. 11, 1867. Pvt. Arthur Mixon served oinCo. G, 40th U.S.C.T., organized in Aug. 1864 in Tennessee, where it guarded railroads and bridges. It mustered out in Oct. 1865.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Location. 36° 11.215′ N, 76° 28.244′ W. Marker is in Hertford, North Carolina, in Perquimans County. Marker is at the intersection of Hyde Park Street and King Street, on the right when traveling south on Hyde Park Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hertford NC 27944, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. John Skinner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edmundson-Fox Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Harvey (approx. ľ mile away); Quaker Activity (approx. one mile away); George Durant (approx. 1.7 miles away); Ann Marwood Durant (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Post Road (approx. 11.1 miles away); Edenton Cotton Mill (approx. 11.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hertford.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Events • War, US Civil •
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