Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Two USCT Heroes
Freedom in Their Bones
Black recruits, mostly escaped slaves from eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, formed the regiment. Poole (born in Surry County on August 30, 1845) enlisted and was appointed sergeant on October 3, 1863. Diggs (born in James City County in January 1845) enlisted as a private on October 5. The 36th guarded Confederate prisoners at Point Lookout, Maryland, and then fought around Petersburg and Richmond. On September 29, 1864, Poole was wounded in action as the regiment captured the Confederate lines at the base of New Market Heights east of Richmond. On April 3, 1865, the 36th was among the first regiments to enter the city. The 36th was ordered to Brazos Santiago at the southern tip of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. En route, at Fort Monroe, Poole was discharged on June 3, 1865. Diggs was discharged in New Orleans on October 28, 1866.
“Once let a the black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S., let him get an eagle on his shoulders and bullets in his pocket and there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States.” – Frederick Douglass
Unknown U.S. Colored Troops sergeant Courtesy Library of Congress
Unknown U.S. Colored Troops soldier with family Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 7.232′ N, 76° 31.363′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Campbell Road 0.1 miles north of Warwick Boulevard (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3628 Campbell Rd, Newport News VA 23602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Providence Mennonite Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Young’s Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Young’s Mill (approx. Mathews Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Young’s Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Peninsula Defense Line (approx. 1.1 miles away); Warwick County Confederate Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Warwick Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
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