Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
African Americans Defend Washington
Prior to formation of 1st N.C. Colored Volunteers, about 100 black men were armed to aid Union forces during the siege of Washington in 1863.
Erected 2016 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number B-74.)
Location. 35° 32.625′ N, 77° 3.508′ W. Marker is in Washington, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and Gladden Street, on the left when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Washington Civic Center grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Gladden Street, Washington NC 27889, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Picket (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Attack On Washington (about 300 feet away); Havens Memorial Building (about 400 feet away); Daniel G. Fowle (about 500 feet away); Siege Of Washington (about C. C. Cambreleng (about 800 feet away); John H. Small (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burning Of Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
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1. African Americans Defend Washington. During the siege of Washington in April 1863, Union troops armed African Americans to participate in the defense of the town. The incident is an early example in North Carolina of the shift in U.S. policy towards recruiting African Americans for military service in the Civil War. (Submitted on February 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Historical Marker unveiled honoring African-American service members. Community members and local officials gathered at the Washington Civic Center for a ceremony called "African-Americans defend Washington." Speakers discussed the significance of the union army equipping nearly 100 African-Americans with weapons to help defend the city in 1863. (Submitted on February 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Marker Salutes African American Defenders of Washington. The Union Army equipped about 100 African American men to help defend Washington during a siege of the town in April 1863. This was (Submitted on February 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.