Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Former USCT Burial Ground
Rather Die Freemen Than Live To Be Slaves
We are not contrabands, but soldiers of the U.S. Army. We have cheerfully left the comforts of home, and entered into the field of conflict, fighting side by side with the white soldiers…
As American citizens, we have a right to fight for the protection of her flag, that right is granted, and we are now sharing equally the dangers and hardships in this mighty contest… We ask that our bodies may find a resting place in the ground designated for the burial of the brave defenders, of our countries flag.
Excerpt from USCT petition to Major Edwin Bentley, Surgeon in Charge, L'Ouverture Hospital, December 27, 1864
Location. Touch for map. In the Contraband and Freedmen Memorial Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 South Washington Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Freedmen’s Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First Catholic Church in Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Original Saint Mary's Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wiliam Clayborne Memorial (about 600 feet away); Brick Making on Broomilaw Point (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
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