Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania by Dr. Cheryl Renée Gooch tells the compelling story of the county’s unsung heroes.
The book focuses on the 18 men from this free black community who served in the Union Army in the 19th century. According to the book, ten of the Civil War veterans are buried near Lincoln University at the historic Hosanna Church cemetery.
Throughout the book, the author meticulously narrates the stories of these brave men and their Hinsonville brothers in arms. Through their military records and records of their lives, it brings them to life for the reader with their fascinating stories.
Brothers Wesley, William, and George Jay survived the bloody battle at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, as members of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Volunteers.
George W. Duffy and Stephen J. Ringgold were among those who led President Lincoln’s funeral procession in Washington as part of the only black regiment there.
William B. Fitzgerald, Abraham Stout, Samuel H. Blake, and Isaac A. Hollingsworth were part of the troops who cornered Robert E. Lee’s army, leading to their surrender at Appomattox Court House.
Hinsonville’s Heroes is a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about Chester County’s history.
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