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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Charles Stewart

(ca. 1808-After 1884)

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, January 23, 2019
1. Charles Stewart Marker
Inscription.  Charles Stewart, horseman, was born into slavery near Petersburg and spent part of his childhood on Pocahontas Island. At or about age 12 he was sold to William R. Johnson, one of the foremost figures in horse racing, the America’s most popular sport. Stewart succeeded as a jockey, trainer, stable manager, and stallion man, affording him money and fame. Artist Edward Troye painted his portrait with the stallion Medley in 1832. Johnson sent Stewart to run a stable in Kentucky in 1837 and later sold him to Alexander Porter, U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Stewart then supervised Porter’s highly regarded stables. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine published Stewart’s dictated memoir in 1884.
 
Erected 2017 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA 38.)
 
Location. 37° 14.196′ N, 77° 24.099′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Sapony Street and Pocahontas Street, on the left when traveling north on Sapony Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
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By Brandon D Cross, January 23, 2019
2. Charles Stewart Marker
distance of this marker. Pocahontas Island (here, next to this marker); Pocahontas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle at the Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Side Station (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named South Side Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Bollingbrook Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Ladies Confederate Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Market Square (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
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Potrait "Medley" image. Click for full size.
By Edward Troye, 1832
3. Potrait "Medley"
Edward Troye's portrait "Medley", depicting the thoroughbred and its handler Charles Stewart.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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