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Christian Fleetwood’s Medal of Honor
Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Christian Fleetwood’s Medal of Honor

Catalog #: 46054    Accession #: 178781
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 4.25" H x 2" W x 0.5" D

Physical Description

Brass colored metal 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 29 September 1864. Fleetwood seized the colors after 2 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, “ 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.”


Country: United States
War: Civil War
Service: Army
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