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Varina in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Freedom Fighters

 
 
Freedom Fighters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
1. Freedom Fighters Marker
Inscription.  By November 1864, several thousand African American soldiers, designated as United States Colored Troops or USCT, held Fort Harrison and the nearby earthworks. Many of these men had survived the bloody combat at New Market Heights, Fort Gilmer, and the Confederate counterattack against Fort Harrison where they defended the earthworks in front of you. These same soldiers remained here until the following April and were among the first Union troops to enter the Confederate capital.
 
Erected 2011 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 25.676′ N, 77° 22.354′ W. Marker is in Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road 0.1 miles south of Picnic Road. Marker is in the Fort Harrison Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8621 Battlefield Park Road, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Park Headquarters
Officers and enlisted men of the 4th Regiment USCT. image. Click for full size.
September 6, 2011
2. Officers and enlisted men of the 4th Regiment USCT.
Sgt. Maj. Christian Fleetwood was one of fourteen USCT to receive the Medal of Honor for valor at New Market Heights. He’s shown here wearing both his Medal of Honor and Butler Medal.

Union General Benjamin Butler purchased and presented this medal to approximately 200 USCT that fought in the battles before Richmond.
(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named First Park Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); Fort Harrison Trail (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Harrison Trail (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Counterattack (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Harrison (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Harrison (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Unique Photograph (about 300 feet away).
 
More about this marker. The background photograph carries the caption, "Veteran soldiers of Company E, 4th Regiment USCT. Records indicated roughly half the regiment was made up of free blacks, the other half slaves. The 4th served in the trenches near Fort Harrison from October to December 1864."
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Harrison. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

2. New Market Heights. Civil War Trust (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

3. USCT Medal of Honor Recipients. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
Freedom Fighters Marker - Company E, 4th <i>U.S. Colored Infantry</i>. image. Click for full size.
September 6, 2011
3. Freedom Fighters Marker - Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry.
Veteran soldiers of Company E, 4th Regiment, USCT. Records indicate roughly half the regiment was made up of free Blacks, the other half slaves. The 4th served in the trenches near Fort Harrison from October to December 1864.
Fort Harrison Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
4. Fort Harrison Visitor Center
District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln image. Click for full size.
By William Morris Smith, circa 1866
5. District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-04294]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on January 9, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on January 5, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.
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