Samuel Harrison

Edited portrait of Samuel Harrison
Edited portrait of Samuel Harrison

Samuel Harrison

Reverend Samuel Harrison was appointed to serve as the first chaplain for the 54th Regiment Massachusetts on September 8, 1863.

He also advocated for equal pay for the African American soldiers in the 54th and 55th regiments. He petitioned to Massachusetts Governor John Andrew and United States President Abraham Lincoln. He achieved his goal in June 1864. Troops received retroactive pay back to January 1864.

Last updated: February 5, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

33 William Street
New Bedford , MA 02740

Phone:

508-996-4095

Contact Us

Stay Connected