“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Abingdon in Washington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Landon Boyd

Treason-Trial Juror

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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
1. Landon Boyd Marker
Inscription.  Landon Boyd, an African American brick mason born into slavery, was an Abingdon resident. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, he lived in Richmond. In May 1867, he served on the petit jury for the U.S. District Court in Richmond empanelled to try former Confederate President Jefferson Davis for treason. Davis’ two-year confinement in a Fort Monroe casemate and the passage of time softened the feelings against him, and he was released on bail on May 13, 1867. The jury on which Boyd served never tried Davis. For legal and political reasons, all charges were dismissed on February 26, 1869.

Boyd was born in Washington County on September 15, 1838. His mother and sister were servants in the household of Virginia governor Wyndham Robertson, both in Richmond and in Abingdon at The Meadows, half a mile in front of you. By 1867, Boyd had moved to Richmond. He was an officer in the United Lincoln Club, a freedman’s bank, in 1868. In 1870 as vice president of the Colored National Labor Union (founded 1869), he was marshal of a Richmond parade celebrating the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, which gave black men the right to
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
2. Landon Boyd Marker
The marker in front of a playground.
vote. Boyd failed to win a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1870 but served on the Richmond City Council (1872-1873) and as Assistant Assessor of the U.S. Internal Revenue.

When he returned to Abingdon about 1878, Boyd lived near here on Kings Mountain with his wife, Kate, who taught at Kings Mountain School, and his mother and sister. Landon Boyd died November 10, 1899, and is buried in the African American section of Sinking Spring Cemetery.

Petit jury empanelled to try Jefferson Davis for treason, ca. May 1867. Landon Boyd standing in rear of right-hand image, 5th from right - Courtesy Valentine Richmond History Center

Grave marker, Landon Boyd (correct year of death is 1899) Courtesy David Winship
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 42.666′ N, 81° 58.002′ W. Marker is in Abingdon, Virginia, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of A Street South East and Tanner Street South East, on the right when traveling south on A Street South East. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abingdon VA 24210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington County Courthouse
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
3. Landon Boyd Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Black’s Fort (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Virginia Creeper (approx. 0.3 miles away); Governor John B. Floyd (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stonewall Jackson Female Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Barter Theatre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Martha Washington College (approx. half a mile away); Abingdon (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abingdon.
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 4, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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