African-Americans at High Bridge

African-Americans at High Bridge (HM1KOU)

Location: , VA
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.511', W 78° 18.904'

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High Bridge Trail State Park

Engineer Department Activities
The High Bridge fortifications were built, in part, with the help of area free men of color who were conscripted for Confederate service. The Confederate Congress authorized the draft of free men of color to support military activities. Confederate records indicate there were about 30 black Confederates supporting the Confederate Engineer Department at High Bridge in September 1864. The Bureau of Conscription authorized a draft for free African-Americans from Appomattox, Prince Edward, Amelia, Buckingham and Cumberland Counties to support Captain William G. Bender, the engineer in charge of construction of the fortifications. By December 1864, there were at least 50 such engaged in work. These men were provided Confederate uniforms and blankets due to coldweather.
Right image: Order of blankets and uniforms for free blacks working at High Bridge.
Left image: Work detail on fortifications.
Placed ByHigh Bridge Trail State Park
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Date Added Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 737949 N 4132478
Decimal Degrees37.30851667, -78.31506667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.511', W 78° 18.904'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 30.66" N, 78° 18' 54.24" W
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