Zion Cemetery - David A. Hartman
Congotown, New Castle County, Delaware
UNITED STATES COLORED CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Submitted by Joseph A. Harmon
David A. Hartman (aka Harmon)
22nd United States Colored Infantry Regiment
I have in my possession his original discharge which shows that he enlisted December 21, 1863 at Camp William Penn and mustered out at Brownsville, Texas. October 16, 1865. I also have official documentation that on September 23, 1864 he was admitted to The General Hospital at Ft. Monroe, Va. for wound of his right foot which he received in action at Dutch Gap. After his discharge he was awarded a pension which was later declared invalid. Later due to the witness of William Backus, also a private in Company D, Twenty Second Regiment, Colored Troops, the pension was restored. My grandfather died in 1915 but the pension continued for my grandmother until her death in 1933. My grandfather was born in Newark, Delaware to free parents, he enlisted in the army from an unincorporated village called Congotown, (Congo, the family name of my Grandmother) near Port Penn in New Castle County. Delaware. After the war he returned to Delaware and upon his death he was buried in Zion Cemetery in Congotown. He was first, last and always a citizen of Delaware. On one occasion I had an opportunity to inform George Constant of my grandfather's grave, but his only comment to me was that he was in a Pennsylvania Unit. I would like very much to have my grandfather listed as one who served his country as one who served his country and is buried in Delaware.
Joseph A. Harmon