Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Social Battlefield Split Kent Families
Pearce omitted African American soldiers, reflecting the prejudice of his day. More than 400 black Kent County residents, both slave and freemen, fought in the war, and slaves received their freedom if they agreed to serve. Most joined the United States Colored Troops all-black Federal Army regiments commanded by white officers. Some served in the more unsegregated Federal Navy.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 12.537′ N, 76° 3.963′ W. Marker is in Chestertown, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on High Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is on Monument Row. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chestertown MD 21620, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Monument (here, next to this marker); In Memory of More Than 400 Prominent United States Colored Troops from Kent County (here, next to this marker); This Monument Honors the Area Veterans (a few steps from this marker); American Revolution Memorial (a few steps from this marker); War of 1812 Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Revolutionary Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Common Cause A County Seat (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chestertown.
More about this marker. Marker displays three photographs with the following captions: “Townspeople gathered for the dedication of the Civil War monument in June 1917.” “A wagon transported the 10-ton granite Civil War monument erected by Judge James A. Pearce to its final location in Monument Park.” “Judge James Alfred Pearce served as a 2nd Lt. in local military units in 1861. He was the son of U.S. Senator James A. Pearce. To honor Civil War soldiers he erected a granite monument in 1917.”
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,427 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on February 22, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos: 1. submitted on October 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on January 23, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on October 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 23, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.