Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Cuﬀeytown Thirteen
About 200,000 African Americans served in the U.S. Army and Navy during the Civil War, fighting for freedom and the restoration of the Union. Free blacks founded Cuffeytown long before the war. The veterans and other residents established the Gabriel Chapel African Methodist Episcopal
In the darkness of their bondage,
In the depths of slavery’s night,
Their muskets flashed the dawning,
And they fought their way to light.
– Paul Laurence Dunbar, “The Colored Soldier”
The Cuffeytown Thirteen
Pvt. Walter Smith, Co. I
Sgt. William Coffey, Co. G
Pvt. Bluet Cuffey, Co. H
Corp. Emerson Cuffey, Co. G
Pvt. Lemuel Cuffey, Co. F
Sgt. Wilson Cuffey, Co. H
Sgt. William Cuffey, Co. F
Corp. Levi Sevils, Co. H
Pvt. Cornelius Smith, Co. F
Pvt. James W. Smith, Co. F
Pvt. Samuel Smith, Co. H
Pvt. John Whitehurst, Co. H
Sgt. Thomas Van, Co. C
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 37.798′ N, 76° 9.86′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Long Ridge Road and Cuffee Road, on the left when traveling north on Long Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2216 Long Ridge Road, Chesapeake VA 23322, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. St. Bride's Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Dividing Line (approx. 5.7 miles away in North Carolina); Seven Patriot Heroes (approx. 6.2 miles away); Southern Branch Chapel / Battle of Great Bridge / Wilson Family (approx. 7.2 miles away); Moycock (approx. 7.3 miles away in North Carolina); Norfolk County Almshouse (approx. 7˝ miles away); Battle of Great Bridge (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,588 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.