In the pre-Civil War years, there are amazing number of free blacks with the name Sedgwick. You can get an idea of this from the Maryland Census records. In the post-war years there are likewise many Black Sedgwicks.
Several Black Sedgwicks fought in the Colored Infantry Units of the Civil War.
I would like very much to include a major section at Sedgwick.org to document all the Black Sedgwicks. Would you like to coordinate the research for such a project? If so, please contact me, address below.
If you are a descendant of a Black Sedgwick, or if you have any information about Black Sedgwicks, please contact me, address below.
Black Sedgwick Families:
Henry Harrison Sedgwick
James Edward Egans, brother of Alexander above
Did you know?
Theodore Sedgwick (B4, 1746-1813) was the attorney who argued successfully in favor of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman.
His grandson Theodore Sedgwick, III (B441, 1811-1859) was one of the attorneys who appeared as counsel on behalf of the Amistad Africans and helped them to regain their freedom.
Charles Baldwin Sedgwick (B2A3, 1815-1883) "is credited with making the first speech for the abolition of slavery on the floor of Congress."
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