Up from SlaveryJames Apostles Fields was born into slavery in Hanover County, Virginia, in 1844. During the Civil War, Fields and his brother George escaped to Hampton, where in 1862 they found refuge as "contrabands of war" at Fort Monroe. James Fields served as a guide for U.S. Army troops there. He learned to read and attended the "Butler School," named for commanding Gen. Benjamin F. Butler and operated by missionaries. When Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong came to Hampton after the war as the Freedmen's Bureau superintendent, he employed Fields at the Bureau storehouse, where the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) originated.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 2:49pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 373503 N 4093934|
|Decimal Degrees||36.98303333, -76.42133333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 58.982', W 76° 25.28'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 58' 58.92" N, 76° 25' 16.80" W|
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|Area Code(s)||804, 757|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 601-699 VA-143, Newport News VA 23607, US|
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