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Fri, 05.22.1863 story

The First Colored Troop Units Established by The United States War Department

On this date in 1863 in North Carolina, the United States Department of War established the Bureau of Colored Troops, to help the Union Army fight the Civil War.

Regiments of colored troops from all states of the nation were reorganized into what became known as the United States Colored Troops (USCT).

Blacks have a rich history in United States military, and this was one of the first authorized attempts by the Federal government to enlist former slaves in the defense of the Union. The policy was innovative, new, and controversial with varying degrees of success.

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Tue, 11.01.1864 story

The 41st United States Colored Infantry is Formed

*On this date in 1864, the 41st United States Colored Infantry was formed. This infantry regiment was composed of Black enlisted men that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Six companies were formed and ordered to join the Army of the James on October 13. The regiment was commanded by white officers […]

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Wed, 11.11.1863 story

The 9th United States Colored Infantry is Formed

*On this date in 1863, the 9th United States Colored Infantry was created.  This was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment was composed of Black enlisted men commanded by white officers and was authorized by the Bureau of Colored Troops. The 9th U.S. Colored Infantry was […]

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Tue, 09.22.1863 story

The 8th United States Colored Infantry is Formed

*On this date in 1863, the 8th United States Colored Infantry was formed.  This infantry regiment was composed of Black enlisted men that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment was commanded by white officers and was authorized by the Bureau of Colored Troops. The 8th U.S. Colored Infantry was organized […]

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Sun, 01.03.1864 story

The 25th United States Colored Infantry is Formed

*On this date in 1864, The 25th United States Colored Infantry was formed.  This was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment was composed of African American enlisted men commanded by white officers and was authorized by the Bureau of Colored Troops. The 25th U.S. Colored Infantry […]

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Thu, 07.17.1862 story

The United States Colored Troops (USCT) Begin Formation

*The United States Colored Troops (USCT) began formation on this date in 1862. These were regiments in the United States Army composed primarily of Black (colored) soldiers, although members of other minority groups also served within the units. They were first recruited during the American Civil War. Many USCT soldiers fought with distinction, with 16 receiving […]

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Tue, 03.08.1864 story

The 29th Connecticut Colored Infantry Regiment is Formed

*The 29th Connecticut Colored Infantry Regiment was organized on this date in 1864.  This was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The 29th Connecticut Colored Infantry Regiment was organized at Fair Haven, Connecticut, and mustered under the command of Colonel William B. Wooster. Over 1,200 volunteers were […]

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Fri, 08.28.1863 story

The 14th United States Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment is Formed

*The 14th United States Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment was formed on this date in 1863. They were a Black artillery regiment that served in the Union Army through the U.S. Department of War’s Bureau of Colored Troops during the American Civil War. The 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored) was organized in Providence, Rhode Island, and mustered for […]

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Sun, 12.14.1862 story

The XIX Army Corps is Formed

*On this date in 1862, the XIX Army Corps was formed. They were a regiment of the Union Army during the American Civil War.  It spent most of its service in Louisiana and the Gulf, though several units fought in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The XIX Corps was and assigned to Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, the […]

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Sun, 08.31.1817 story

Charles Langston, Editor, and Teacher born

*The birth of Charles Langston in 1817 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black slave, editor, abolitionist and teacher.

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