"In Memory of the Colored Union Soldiers"News of the bombardment of Fort Sumter inspired many African American men to rnlist in the U.S. armed forces, but federal law prohibited their service. Frederick Douglass and other black leaders urged changes to allow black enlistments. By mid-1862, as the numbers of white volunteers diminished, the needs of the U.S. Army grew, and the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, became imminent, more voices called for black recruitment. The Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863, formally authorized African American military service. By the end of the war, about 180,000 blacks - including some from Perquimans County - had borne arms in the U.S. Army (almost 10 percent of total enlistments) and about 19,000 had served in the U.S. Navy.
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 3:59am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 367755 N 4005682|
|Decimal Degrees||36.18691667, -76.47073333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 11.215', W 76° 28.244'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 11' 12.90" N, 76° 28' 14.64" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 304 King St, Hertford NC 27944, US|
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