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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 21/07/1840 Baltimore, Maryland. d. 28/09/1914 Washington DC.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/09/1864 Chaffins Farm, Virginia.

 

Fleetwood was born in Baltimore on July 21, 1840, the son of Charles and Anna Maria Fleetwood, both free persons of color. He received his early education in the home of a wealthy sugar merchant, John C. Brunes, and his wife, the latter treating him like her son. He continued his education in the office of the secretary of the Maryland Colonization Society, went briefly to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and graduated in 1860 from Ashmun Institute (later Lincoln University) in Oxford, Pennsylvania. He and others published briefly the Lyceum Observer in Baltimore, said to be the first African American newspaper in the upper South.

 

With his wife Sara Iredell, whom he married on November 16, 1869, he led an active social life in Washington, D.C. Sara Iredell's grandmother, Louisa Burr, was the sister of Philadelphia abolitionist John (Jean) Pierre Burr and daughter of U.S. Vice President, Aaron Burr. Sara's maternal uncle, novelist Frank J. Webb, lived with the couple in Washington in 1870 while writing for Frederick Douglass' New Era. The couple had one daughter, Edith.

 

The Fleetwoods were well acquainted with most of the prominent African Americans of the period, many who frequently visited their residence. Members of Washington's black elite society presented Fleetwood with a testimonial in 1889.

 

After the war, Fleetwood worked as a bookkeeper in Columbus, Ohio, until 1867, and in several minor government positions in the Freedmen's Bank and War Department, Washington, D.C. He also organized a battalion of D.C. National Guardsmen and, in the 1880s, Washington, D.C.'s, Colored High School Cadet Corps.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Seized the colors, after 2 color bearers had been shot down, and bore them nobly through the fight.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: NATIONAL HARMONY MEMORIAL PARK, LANDOVER, MARYLAND.

Section Brooks, Lot 128, Grave 4

Christian Abraham Fleetwood

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