Freedom's Fortress

Freedom's Fortress (HM6OG)

Location: Hampton, VA 23651
Country: United States of America

N 37° 0.245', W 76° 18.623'

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Fort Monroe was the site of Major General Benjamin F. Butler's decision in 1861 to accept escaping slaves as "contraband of war." Thousands of former slaves who cast off their bondage and sought sanctuary here called this "The Freedom Fort." The First and Second Regiments of U.S. Colored Cavalry and Battery B. Second U.S. Colored Light Artillery, were raised here during the Civil War. In 1865, the Bureau for the Relief of Freedmen and Refugees ("Freedmen's Bureau") established its state headquarters here.
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HM NumberHM6OG
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Marker NumberW 94
Year Placed1993
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:37pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 383410 N 4096127
Decimal Degrees37.00408333, -76.31038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 0.245', W 76° 18.623'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 0' 14.70" N, 76° 18' 37.38" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21 Moat Walk, Hampton VA 23651, US
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