Hertford in Perquimans County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Rare Monument
“In Memory of the Colored Union Soldiers”
To remember the county’s African American Union soldiers, women of the black community, many of them the wives and widows of those men, erected one of the few such monuments in the nation on Academy Green in 1910. Coordinated by First Baptist Church and the United Daughters of Union Veterans, the monument is inscribed “In Memory of the Colored Union Soldiers Who Fought in the War
They Answered the Call
Three of the men whom this monument commemorates are buried in Perquimans County. Sgt. John Gordon served in Co. A, 1st U.S.C.T., organized in Washington, D.C., in May-June 1863. The regiment fought in Virginia (Wilson’s Wharf, The Crater, New Market Heights) and North Carolina (Fort Fisher). It also participated in Gen. Edward A. Wild’s eastern N.C. expedition in Dec. 1863 and burned a Confederate camp near Hertford. It mustered out on Sept. 29, 1865. Pvt. John Sharp enlisted in Co. B. 37th U.S.C.T. at age 19 on Jan. 21, 1864, in Plymouth, N.C. His regiment fought at New Market Heights and Fort Fisher and mustered out on Feb. 11, 1867. Pvt. Arthur Mixon served oinCo. G, 40th U.S.C.T., organized in Aug. 1864 in Tennessee, where it guarded railroads and bridges. It mustered out in Oct. 1865.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics. This memorial monument is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Events • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1863.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hertford NC 27944, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Skinner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edmundson-Fox Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Harvey (approx. ¼ mile away); Quaker Activity (approx. one mile away); George Durant (approx. 1.7 miles away); Ann Marwood Durant (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Assembly (approx. 9.2 miles away); Stephen B. Weeks (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hertford.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,187 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on July 3, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 30, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 5. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.