Berlin in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Corp. Isaiah Fassett
Isaiah "Uncle Zear" Fassett was born into slavery southeast of here in Sinepuxent in 1844. His owner, Sarah A. Bruff, released him from bondage at age nineteen on November 11, 1863, when the U.S. Army paid her $300 in compensation. That same day, Fassett enlisted in Company D, 9th United States Colored Troops. This infantry regiment served in South Carolina and also fought in several battles in Virginia in 1864-1865, including the Wilderness, Deep Bottom, Fussell's Mill, Fort Gilmer at Chaffin's Farm, and the siege of Petersburg. The regiment was among the first to occupy Richmond on April 3, 1865. After the Confederate capital fell, Fassett was promoted to corporal then discharged on November 26, 1866. His brothers, Franklin, Andrew, John, and George, also were freed and served in the U.S. Army.
Isaiah Fassett settled here in Berlin after the war. Known in his later years as Uncle Zear, he was among Maryland's "Boys of '61" who attended the 75th reunion at Gettysburg in July 1938. Fassett served as commander of the Grand Army of the Republic post in Berlin until it disbanded, then was GAR department commander in Delaware from 1943
Memorabilia associated with Isaiah Fassett and other African American Civil War soldiers are in the collection of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum here in Berlin.
Berlin is located in Worcester County, whose southern boundary forms the border between Maryland and Virginia. Like many other Eastern Shore counties, Worcester County was a haven for spies and smugglers because it was home to many Confederate sympathizers and because of its proximity to the Pocomoke River and the Chesapeake Bay. One such smuggler, Dr. Isaac Costen, made many clandestine trips by sailing down the Pocomoke River, hugging the coastline to Exmore, Virginia and crossing the bay into the Rappahannock River.
Erected by Maryland 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 Maryland Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 3, 1865.
Location. 38° 19.691′ N, 75° 12.427′ W. Marker is in Berlin, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of Branch Street and Flower Street, on the right when traveling east on Branch Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berlin MD 21811, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U.S.S. Decatur Anchor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Birthplace of Commodore Stephen Decatur (approx. 0.6 miles away); Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ayres Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Renaissance Plaza (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Old Globe Theater (approx. 0.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. Martin's Church (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berlin.
More about this marker. The center of the marker is a portrait of Fassett.
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Also see . . . Taylor House Museum Exhibit Featuring ‘Amazing Historical Figure From Berlin’. The Dispatch article, July 8, 2020 (Submitted on March 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,831 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on January 28, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on March 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.