Christian Fleetwood's Medal of Honor

Christian Fleetwood's Medal of Honor

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Description
Physical Description
Brass-colored medal on ribbon.
Specific History
This Medal of Honor was awarded to Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood, 4th U.S. Colored Troops, for heroism on the field of battle at Chaffin’s Farm on September 29, 1864. Fleetwood seized the colors after two color bearers had been shot down, and bore them nobly through the fight. Fleetwood was 23 years old.
General History
Fleetwood was a free man born in Baltimore, Maryland. He traveled to Liberia as a young man and attended Ashmun Institute in Oxford, Pennsylvania. During his life he was an editor, a musician, and a government official. He organized a battalion of the District of Columbia National Guard and a Colored High School Cadet Corps. He is the author of a pamphlet entitled The Negro as a Soldier, in which he wrote, “... it is possible only to indicate in skeleton the worth of the Negro as a solider. If this brief sketch should awaken even a few to interest in his achievements, and one be found willing and fitted to write the history that is their due, that writer shall achieve immortality.”
Object Name
medal
Date made
1862
recipient
Fleetwood, Christian A.
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
silk (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 2 1/16 in x 1/4 in; 10.795 cm x 5.23875 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
AF.046054.1
accession number
178781
catalog number
46054
Credit Line
Edith Fleetwood
subject
Medal of Honor
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Exhibition
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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