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55th Regiment

55th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

Brief History

Organized March 11, 1864, from 1st Alabama Infantry (African Descent). Attached to 1st Colored Brigade, District of Memphis, Tenn., 16th Corps, to April, 1864. Fort Pickering, Post and Defences of Memphis, District of West Tennessee, to June, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Infantry Division, Sturgis' Expedition, to June, 1864. 1st Colored Brigade, District of Memphis, Tenn., District of West Tennessee, to January, 1865. 2nd Brigade, Post and Defences of Memphis, Tenn., to February, 1865. 2nd Brigade, United States Colored Troops, District of Morganza, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to April, 1865. District of Port Hudson, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1865.

SERVICE.-Post and garrison duty at Memphis, Tenn., till June 1, 1864. Sturgis' Expedition from Memphis into Mississippi June 1-13. Battle of Brice's Cross Roads, near Guntown, June 10. Ripley June 11. Davis' Mills June 12. Duty at Memphis till August 1. Smith's Expedition to Oxford, Miss., August 1-30. Action at Waterford August 16-17. Garrison duty at Memphis, Tenn., till February, 1865. Ordered to New Orleans, La., February 23; thence to Morganza, La., February 28, and duty there till April. Garrison duty at Port Hudson, Baton Rouge and other points in Louisiana till December, 1865. Mustered out December 31, 1865.

SOURCE: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 Volumes. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.


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Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Regiments | Tags: Mississippi , Tennessee , Alabama , Louisiana , Colored Infantry
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