The Union League was instrumental in convincing Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to create the first Federal United States Colored Troops.
On the back home from Nancy's House located in Plymouth Meeting, PA you drive through Conshohocken, PA. on Fayette the main street.
On Fayette Street you'll find another blue sign for African American Private Edward Hector, who grew up there. Hector Street is named in his honor.
Private Edward Hector was in the The USCT (United States Colored Troops) 3rd Regiment who were the first to be trained at Camp William Penn located in the La Mott section of Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania. The white troops were trained at the Camp William Penn site located in the city of Philadelphia.
1863 -1865 First Union Army training grounds for the African-American troops ever enlisted into the United States Army during the American Civil War.
* These soldiers were at General Lee's surrender, helped hunt down John Wilkes Booth and were the only African-American soldiers to carry President Lincoln's casket.
I grew up in Cheltenham, PA notable for being the first training grounds for African American troops who had enlisted in the United States Army during the American Civil War.
Cheltenham was established in 1682 by 15 Quakers from Cheltenham, England, including Richard Wall and Toby Leech, who purchased 4,070 acres of land from William Penn. Cheltenham was incorporated as a township in 1900.
About Historic La Mott Pennsylvania
1857 James Mott and his wife Lucretia Coffin Mott the Ardent Quakeress moved into a small farm on the northern borders of the city of Philadelphia, on which a stone house stood near the road, whence the place took the name of "ROADSIDE."
Area history: "Guidebook to Historic Germantown", 1902 Edition of a "Guidebook to Historic Germantown". One of the opening pages contains a poem written by Francis Daniel Pastorius, the agent for the Frankfort Company, and the leader of the original thirteen settlers who came to Germantown.
African American and White
This sign is around the corner from my house where I live now, and shows where the Continental Army gathered to march to Valley Forge on Montgomery Avenue, Upper Merion PA.