Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

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1st Mississippi Infantry (African Descent).

 

Sergeant Major Norman Fisher and reenactors of the
First Mississippi Volunteer Infantry (Civil War)
(Photo by Jerry McRae)

 


 

First Mississippi Volunteer Infantry (African Descent)

The First Mississippi Volunteer Infantry (African Descent) was organized in May, 1863 at Millikem's Bend, Louisiana and Vicksburg, Mississippi under the command of Colonel A. Watson Webber, and redesignated the 51st United States Colored Infantry Regiment on March 11, 1864 as per Orders Number 7, signed by Adjutant General L. Thomas, by order of the Secretary of War.

As recruits, participated in the Battle of Milliken's Bend June 5 thru 7, 1863, and subsequently attached to Post of Goodrich Landing, District of Vicksburg, Mississippi until December, 1864. Assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., until February, 1865. Reassigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Steele's Command, Military District of West Mississippi until June, 1865. Last assignment was to the Department of the Gulf until mustered out in June, 1866.


SERVICE

  • Battle of Milliken's Bend, Louisiana June 5, 6, and 7, 1863.
  • At Lake Providence, Louisiana till May, 1864.
  • Post and garrison duty st Goodrich Landing, Louisiana, till December, 1864.
  • Action at Langley's Plantation, Issaqueens County, March 22, 1864.
  • Floyd, Louisiana., July 2, 1864.
  • Waterford, August 16-17, 1864.
  • Duty at Vicksbnrg, Mississippi, until February, 1865.
  • Moved to Algiers, Louisiana, February 28, 1864; thence to Barrancas, Floridia.
  • March from Pensacola, Floridia, to Blakely, Alabama, March 20-April 1, 1865.
  • Siege of Fort Blakely, Alabama April 1-9, 1865.
  • Assault and capture of Fort Blakely, Alabama April 9, 1865.
  • Occupation of Mobile, Alabama April 12.
  • March to Montgomery, Alabama April 13-25, 1865.
  • Duty in Montgomery and at Mobile until June, 1865.
  • Ordered to New Orleans, thence to Texas.
  • Duty on the Rio Orande and at various points in Texas until June, 1866.
  • Mustered out June 16, 1866.

 


 

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SOURCES AND REFERENCES

  • Dyer, Frederick H. A COMPENDIUM OF THE WAR OF THE REBELLION. 3 Volumes. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.

     

  • Gladstone, William A. MEN OF COLOR. Gettysburg: Thomas Publications, 1993.

     

  • United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. 128 Volumes. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.

     

  • Wilson, Joseph T. THE BLACK PHALANX: A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the Wars of 1775-1812, 1861-'65. Hartford, CT.: American Publishing Company, 1890. (Copyright 1968 by Arno Press, Inc., and reprinted by Ayer Company Publishers, Inc., 1992.)

     


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