Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
White & Black, Blue & Gray
Social Battleﬁeld Split Kent Families
Pearce omitted African American soldiers, reflecting the prejudice of his day. More than 400 black Kent County residents, both slave and freemen, fought in the war, and slaves received their freedom if they agreed to serve. Most joined the United States Colored Troops all-black Federal Army regiments commanded by white officers. Some served in the more unsegregated Federal Navy. County residents, both black and white, later rectified Pearce’s omission by erecting a granite obelisk honoring the black soldiers. A dedication ceremony, led by members of the Parker White American
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 12.537′ N, 76° 3.963′ W. Marker is in Chestertown, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on High Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on Monument Row. Marker is in this post office area: Chestertown MD 21620, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Monument (here, next to this marker); In Memory of More Than 400 Prominent United States Colored Troops from Kent County (here, next to this marker); This Monument Honors the Area Veterans (a few steps from this marker); American Revolution Memorial (a few steps from this marker); War of 1812 Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Revolutionary Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Common Cause (a few steps from this marker); A County Seat (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chestertown.
More about this marker. Marker displays three photographs with the following captions: “Townspeople gathered for the dedication of the Civil War monument in June 1917.” “A wagon transported the 10-ton granite Civil War monument
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Heroes • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil •
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