North Newport News in 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
Poole, a widower, died on September 12, 1912. Diggs received a pension in 1890. His wife, Susan, received a widow’s pension in 1914 after he died.
“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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1861.
Location. 37° 7.232′ N, 76° 31.363′ W. Marker is in North Newport News 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 Touch for directions.
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. 1.1 miles away); 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 North Newport News.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.