Civil War In Mathews County

Civil War In Mathews County (HM1F3B)

Location: North, VA 23128 Mathews County
Buy Virginia State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 37° 27.956', W 76° 26.676'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites

Union African American Sailors

The U.S. Navy's longstanding tradition of recruiting black sailors enabled several runaways from Mathews County to enlist aboard Potomac Flotilla and North Atlantic Blockading Squadron warships. On January 30, 1862, the logbook of USS Young Rover noted the arrival of five Mathews County contrabands (escaped slaves), including John and Washington Diggs, Aleck Phillips (Billups), and Joe Williams. Young Rover picked up five more contrabands—George Williams, Humphrey Brooks, and brothers Richard, William, and Daniel Brooks—on March 1. The Brooks brothers shipped aboard the frigate USS Minnesota on May 17. Daniel Brooks at first worked as a coal heaver on USCS Arago, a U.S. Coast Survey ship chartered by the government to help track CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) in 1862. Capt G.J.H. Van Brunt, commander of Minnesota, welcomed contrabands into the crew. Van Brunt believed that these men served energetically and they "evidently felt that they were working at the deliverance of their race."

(lower left) Sailors on deck of USS Arago off Charleston, S.C. - Library of Congress
(lower center)USS Arago - Courtesy National Archives & Records Administration
(upper right) USS Minnesota, from Harper's Weekly
HM NumberHM1F3B
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2014
Placed ByVirginia Civil WarTrails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 3:29am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 372250 N 4147541
Decimal Degrees37.46593333, -76.44460000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 27.956', W 76° 26.676'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 27' 57.36" N, 76° 26' 40.56" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1140-1198 Windsor Rd, North VA 23128, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. What historical period does the marker represent?
  2. What historical place does the marker represent?
  3. What type of marker is it?
  4. What class is the marker?
  5. What style is the marker?
  6. Does the marker have a number?
  7. This marker needs at least one picture.
  8. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  9. Is the marker in the median?