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LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site

319 U Street, NW

 

—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

 
Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 18, 2014
1. Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site Marker
Inscription. Christian Fleetwood (1840-1914) was one of 21 African Americans to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery during the 1864 Battle of Chaffin's Farm near Richmond. After the Civil War he worked for the federal government and organized DC's first Black National Guard unit. Sara Fleetwood (1849-1908), a member of the first (1896) graduating class of Freedmen's Hospital nursing school, became its superintendent in 1901. The Fleetwoods moved to this address about 1900 and hosted weekly literary gatherings here. Their home was razed and replaced in the 1990s.

LeDroit Park Historic District
Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.013′ N, 77° 0.998′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on U Street west of 3rd Street, NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 319 U Street, NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Best in the Country (about 400 feet away, measured in a
Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 18, 2014
2. Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site
Marker is visible in the flowerbed to the right of the entrance steps.
direct line); A Voice from the South (about 400 feet away); T Street Elites (about 500 feet away); Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 (about 700 feet away); Willis Richardson Residence (about 800 feet away); The Flower Garden of Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (approx. ¼ mile away); Freedmen's Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
 
More about this marker. The caption of the photograph in the upper left identifies:
Christian and Sara Fleetwood with their daughter Edith at 319 U St., NW. Library of Congress
 
Regarding Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site. A new house was built at this location, 319 U Street, in the 1990s by Manna, Inc., a non-profit housing group. Sara Fleetwood's maiden name was Iredell.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study
Christian Fleetwood - appointed major and commanding officer, Sixth Battalion, D.C. National Guard image. Click for full size.
circa 1895
3. Christian Fleetwood - appointed major and commanding officer, Sixth Battalion, D.C. National Guard
on July 18, 1887. The "Washington Cadet Corps", organized and commanded by Captain D. Graham on June 12, 1880, was expanded into the Sixth Battalion, D.C. National Guard with Fleetwood appointed major and commanding officer. After reorganizations, several African-American battalions were consolidated into the First Separate Battalion in 1891. Passed over as its commanding officer, Fleetwood resigned in 1892.
each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Christian Abraham Fleetwood. (Submitted on September 22, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Diary of Sgt Maj Christian A. Fleetwood (Company G, 4th USCI -1864) (pdf file). (Submitted on September 24, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. LeDroit Park community; Major Christian Fleetwood, DC National Guard; Battle of New Market Heights.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationHeroesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on September 28, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 24, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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