Philip Webster, veteran of the Civil War


June 10, 2007

On June 9, 1908, Philip Webster applied for a pension for his service and injury as a member of the 4th Regiment United States Colored Company C during the Civil War.

He was born May 2, 1838, to Moses and Diana Webster and worked as a stonemason before joining the Army.

After volunteering for Maryland's first African-American regiment in 1863, he saw action with the regiment, which earned commendations for bravery and efficiency. The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the capture of Fort Fisher, N.C., fighting through a storm and strong counterattack.

Webster was discharged May 8, 1866, with the rank of corporal and returned to Berkley in Harford County. He was married to Mary Hannah from 1868 until her death in 1883, after which he married Mary Frances Akin, raising 12 children. He spent his later years in Stafford and died at the age of 76 on May 22, 1915.

[Source: Harford Historical Bulletin, Winter 1988]

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