Daviess Co. U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War

Daviess Co. U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War (HM295K)

Location: Owensboro, KY 42303 Daviess County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 46.479', W 87° 6.791'

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In 1864, several hundred enslaved African American men joined the Union army here. Enlisting in the army meant eventual freedom for the men and their families. Units raised in Daviess Co. took part in important operations at Richmond, Petersburg, and Lee's surrender at Appomattox, as well as campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana.
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Recruits served in the 100th, 109th, and 118th U.S. Colored Infantry and the 5th and 6th U.S. Colored Cavalry. There was much opposition among pro-slavery Kentucky Unionists to the recruitment of slaves. Therefore, black men in Daviess Co. took great risks to themselves and their families by enlisting in the army.
HM NumberHM295K
Year Placed2015
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 490032 N 4180818
Decimal Degrees37.77465000, -87.11318333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 46.479', W 87° 6.791'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 46' 28.74" N, 87° 6' 47.46" W
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Area Code(s)270
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 242 W 2nd St, Owensboro KY 42303, US
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