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Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Freedomís Fortress

 
 
Freedomís Fortress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. Freedomís Fortress Marker
Inscription. Fort Monroe was the site of Major General Benjamin F. Butlerís decision in 1861 to accept escaping slaves as “contraband of war.” Thousands of former slaves who cast off their bondage and sought sanctuary here called this “The Freedom Fort.” The First and Second Regiments of U.S. Colored Cavalry and Battery B. Second U.S. Colored Light Artillery, were raised here during the Civil War. In 1865, the Bureau for the Relief of Freedmen and Refugees (“Freedmenís Bureau”) established its state headquarters here.
 
Erected 1993 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-94.)
 
Location. 37° 0.245′ N, 76° 18.623′ W. Marker is in Fort Monroe, Virginia, in Hampton. Marker is on Main Gate, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Fort Monroe. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodman Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Monroe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Rodman Gun
Marker in Fortress Monroe image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Marker in Fortress Monroe
(about 300 feet away); The Old Cistern (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Monroe (about 600 feet away); Eprouvette Mortar (about 600 feet away); 12-Pounder Howitzer (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monroe.
 
Also see . . .  Unofficial Fort Monroe website. (Submitted on August 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansForts, CastlesNotable PlacesWar, US Civil
 
Main Gate of Fortress Monroe image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
3. Main Gate of Fortress Monroe
This photo of the entrance to Fort Monroe was taken from in front of the marker.
Fort Monroe image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
4. Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe is America's largest fort and has been garrisoned by the Army continously for over 150 years. Unfortunately, it is scheduled to close in 2011.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,327 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on August 17, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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