Thomas Morris Chester
Chester served as a recruiter and helped usher Pennsylvania Black men into the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Regiments. At the end of the war, Chester was serving as a correspondent for the Philadelphia Press, traveling with the Army of the Potomac. Chester created and led two companies of blacks for local defense during the Gettysburg campaign of 1863.
According to the Harrisburg Telegraph, this was the first time Pennsylvania issued weapons to African-Americans. Chester ended the war as a correspondent for the Philadelphia Press, traveling with the Army of the Potomac.
After the war, Chester moved to England where he studied law and was admitted to the bar, perhaps becoming the first black barrister. Returning to the United States, Chester held several posts in Louisiana, including collector of customs, brigadier general
Erected by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 40° 15.652′ N, 76° 52.837′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and South 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T. Morris Chester (here, next to this marker); Kunkel Building (a few steps from this marker); Lochiel Hotel and Colonial Theater (a few steps from this marker); Strawberry Square Phase II (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Dauphin County Courthouses (within shouting distance of this marker); 22 South 3rd Street (about Dauphin Deposit Bank Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
Also see . . . Thomas Morris Chester. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on April 15, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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