The Black Union: United States Colored Troops (USCT) Who Fought In The Civil War

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    Portrait of African American Civil War soldier, c. 1863, Chicago, Illinois.

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    Corporal Henry Lively of the 108th United States Colored Infantry

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    1st Sgt. James W. Bush, Co. K - 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry


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    Sergeant Andrew Jackson Smith of the 55th Massachusetts Colored Infantry

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    Sergeant Henry F. Steward in 1863 Of The Famous 54th Ambrotype Massachusetts Historical Society A twenty-three year old farmer from Adrian, Michigan


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    Sergeant Major John H. Wilson of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry

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    Pvt Richard Oliver, 20th USCT (in a NY state issue shell jacket!). The 20th was organized at Riker’s Island, NY and served in the Dept of the Gulf. Oliver enlisted in Dec 1863 and survived the war

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    Charles Mudd served in Company C of the 108th U.S. Colored Infantry. Credit: Collection of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum.

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    A reunion of the 35th United States Colored Troops in Plymouth, circa 1905.
     
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    MEMBERS OF THE GUARD OF THE 107TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, U.S. COLORED TROOPS, AT FORT CORCORAN, WASHINGTON, D.C. (LC)


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    107th US Colored Infantry Band


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    62nd & 65th Regiments U.S. Colored Troops
     
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    Randall Nash’s unit was first designated as the 4th Regiment Colored Infantry of Missouri Volunteers and was soon renamed the 68th United States Colored Troops (USCT) Infantry. It was mustered in Liberty, Missouri on January 28, 1864 and mustered out on February 5, 1866. Over two hundred former enslaved men from across Missouri were enlisted in this unit. The 68th travelled to Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, and Texas, performing duties in the defense of other units. Civil War Era Tintypes: Randall Nash, USCT, Inf.

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    Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th US Cavalry (USCT) in Philadelphia, 1898.

    To celebrate the close of the Spanish American War, twenty-five thousand regular and volunteer troops of the Federal Army were reviewed by President William McKinley in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 17, 1898. This photo was taken at 13th and Market Streets.

    The 10th Cavalry fought with distinction and honor in the Battle of Las Guasimas, the Battle of Tayacoba (where four members were awarded the Medal of Honor), with Colonel Theodore Roosevelt at the Battle of San Juan Hill and the Siege of Santiago de Cuba.

    Photographic image made by Williams, Brown & Earle, dealers in stereoscopic views, 918 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia and is from our private collection.
     
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    Charles Mudd, Co. C, 108th USCT. Via.


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    Sgt. Maj. John H. Wilson 54th Massachusetts 1864
    John was a Sergeant Major - the highest rank attainable to black soldiers at that time - in the all-black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry regiment. Enlisted from Cincinnati, Ohio on 14 April 1863. He was 23 years old, married and working as a painter.

    • Wounded in Action on 18 July 1863 at Fort Wagner
    • Promoted to Sergeant 10 May 1863
    • Promoted to Sergeant Major 9 April 1864
    • Mustered out 20 August 1865
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    “Contraband”- Full Length Portrait, Young Boy In Civil War Uniform With Kepi
    Contraband was a term commonly used in the United States military during the Civil War to describe a new status for certain escaped slaves or those who affiliated with Union forces. The United States Congress determined that the U.S. would not return escaped slaves who went to Union lines to their former Confederate masters, thus classification as contraband. Thousands of men enlisted in the United States Colored Troops when recruitment started in 1863.

    From: Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection, In ink, recto, beneath photo: “‘Contraband’ From 'Roanoake Island’” Item #D-47

    Source: Boundless. “From Slaves to Contraband to Free People.” Boundless U.S. History.

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    Soldier standing in front of deserted farm house near Dutch Gap canal (detail). Source: LOC.


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    A member of the 10th US Cavalry poses with three Apache scouts, 1885.
     
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    From Slavery to the White House: the USCT Ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama


    In January of 2013 a family walked into the museum and mentioned that they had an ancestor who served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War and they were looking for his name on the memorial wall at the African American Civil War Memorial. The leader of the group, Audrea Barnes mentioned that Michelle Obama was her second cousin and she sent them to the museum to find information on their ancestor. After a little research we were able to find the ancestor they came to the museum to search for, Jerry Suttor who changed his name after the war to Sutton, but also another ancestor who served, Caesar Cohen.

    With the exception of the fact that these soldiers are the ancestors of the First Lady of the United States, this story is very common at the museum. A family walks in searching for their soldier and a sharing of information occurs between the families and the museum. Much of what we know about these soldiers outside of public record comes from their families. Both of Michelle Obama’s ancestors were born slaves, Jerry Suttor would make his way to the Corinth Mississippi Contraband Camp before enlisting in the USCT. Corinth Mississippi was home to nearly 50,000 former slaves from states all across the South some of whom join the USCT and have descendants living today. The exhibit From Slavery to the White House: the USCT Ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama will mainly touch on two stories of Civil War soldiers but it will be housed in the Michelle Obama Descendant’s Legacy Gallery which will eventually be the home of many stories of different USCT soldiers.

    The exhibit From Slavery to the White House: the USCT Ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama will share the story of Michelle Obama’s two USCT ancestors from their start as slaves to their enlistment as soldiers and a bit of their lives after the war. The exhibit will house documents and photos used to compile the story in the book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, as well as many documents not used in the book. The exhibit will feature video interviews from the author of American Tapestry, Rachel Swarns and relatives of Michelle Obama retelling the story of their Civil War ancestors that they grew up hearing. Additionally the exhibit will feature a kiosk whereby visitors may search the museums database of records compiled since opening its doors in 1999. Since 1999 the museum has worked with over 5000 descendants of USCT soldiers and we have collected documentation and records from families about their ancestor providing a unique research tool right in the middle of an exhibit.

    This exhibit moves along way in showing what these newly freed individuals did with their new found freedom, they established churches, built homes and schools and even had descendants living in the White House. From Slavery to the White House: the USCT Ancestors of First Lady Michelle will eventually travel to other institutions and museums that tell a similar story of slavery to freedom.
     
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    Thanks for posting!! I need to put this on my to-do list.

    It's so many ADOS who don't even know their ancestors were in the USCT. I didn't know until about three years ago -- found out while doing my family tree research.
     
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    When a regiment of AA volunteers from Kansas beat the shyt out of white Confederate soldiers while outnumbered in Missouri which helped inspire the formation of the United States Colored Troops.

    Skirmish at Island Mound - Wikipedia

     

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