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

137th United States Colored Infantry Regiment

137th United States Colored Infantry Regiment
By Bennie J. McRae, Jr.

The 137th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment was organized at Selma, Alabama in April, 1865, and was one of the last units to be mustered into the Union Army under the Bureau of Colored Troops during the Civil War. The recruits mostly farmers and laborers were ex-slaves born throughout the southern states.

Organization of the regiment began on April 8, 1865 in Selma, Alabama under the command of Colonel Martin R. Archer, one day before the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. The unit transferred to Macon, Georgia and was mustered into United States service on June 1, 1865 almost two months after the surrender.

Some units were assigned to cleanup and burial details in and near the Anderson ville, Georgia Confederate prison. The entire regiment was mustered out of service on January 15, 1866.

SOURCE: Regimental Papers. 137th United States Colored Infantry Regiment. National Archives, Washington, DC.

Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Units | Tags: Georgia , Alabama , Washington , Bennie J. McRae , Selma , Alabama , Appomattox , Macon , Georgia , Andersonvill
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