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Thomas R Hawkins

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
1. Thomas R Hawkins Marker
Inscription.
In Memory of
Thomas R Hawkins
Medal of Honor
Sergeant Major 6th US Colored Infantry
Civil War
1840 † 1870

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.519′ N, 76° 52.781′ W. Marker is in Hyattsville, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Sheriff Road. Touch for map. Marker is in National Harmony Memorial Park 7101 Sheriff Road. Marker is in this post office area: Hyattsville MD 20785, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Osborne Perry Anderson (here, next to this marker); Christian A Fleetwood (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Keckly (here, next to this marker); Philip Reed (approx. 0.2 miles away); Highland Park High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Beall’s Pleasure (approx. 1.5 miles away); Ridgeley Rosenwald School (approx. 1.6 miles away); All Veterans of Seat Pleasant (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyattsville.
 
More about this marker. 23 year-old, 5 foot 4 inch plasterer, Thomas Hawkins enlisted for 3 years in the 6th USC Infantry on the 4th of August 1863 as a substitute for Henry
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
2. Thomas R Hawkins Marker
Passmore of number 824 Shipping Street Philadelphia. He was promoted Sergeant Major on August 22, 1862 and rescued the regimental colors at the Battle of Deep Bottom on July 21, 1864. He was discharged May 20, 1865 on account of wounds. He received his Medal of Honor on February 8, 1870 and died a month later on March 29, 1870.
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Medal of Honor & Folded Flag image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
3. Medal of Honor & Folded Flag
from a display in the Harmony National Cemetery Office
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
4. Resolution
Be it hereby known to all that The State Senator of the 24th District offers his sincerest congratulations to Sergeant Major Thomas R. Hawkins, Sixth U.S. Colored Infantry. The entire legislative team extends best wishes on this memorable occasion and directs this resolution be presented on this 26th day of May 1997.
Decatur W. Trotter
State Senator
from a display in the Harmony National Cemetery Office
Biography image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
5. Biography
Sergeant Major Thomas R. Hawkins was born at Cincinnati, Ohio in 1840. Few details are known of his early life; however, he eventually migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a plasterer. In 1864, he joined the Sixth Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, during the American Civil War. Almost immediately he was promoted to the rank of regimental sergeant major . His regiment was one of the most active of over 160 such "Colored" organizations. Three of its members were recipients of the Medal of Honor. Two of these were awarded for valor a the Battle of Chaffin's Farm/New Market Heights, the famous engagement in which a total of fourteen United States Colored Troops were so recognized. The Third recipient, Hawkins fought and was wounded in that battle; however, his Medal of Honor was officially issued for valor in the "Rescue of regimental colors" during an earlier engagement at Deep Bottom, Virginia, on July 21,1864. The only Medal of Honor recipient for that occasion, Thomas Hawkins was an outstanding soldier who was apparently wounded in at least two separate actions. He was discharged on account of his wounds on May 20, 1865, at Goldsboro, North Carolina. After the war he settled in Washington D. C., where he worked as a government messenger. His war wounds contributed to later ill-health and , on March 2, 1870, he died at the young age of 29 years. This was less than a month after being belatedly issued his Medal of Honor on February 8, 1870. He was buried at Harmony Cemetery at its Rhode Island Avenue location, Washington, D. C.
from a display in the Harmony National Cemetery Office
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Library of Congress
6. Thomas R Hawkins
Photo collected by W.E.B. Du Bois for the 1900 Paris Expedition.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on June 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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