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97th Regiment

97th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

Organized April 4, 1864, from 3rd Corps de Afrique Engineers. Attached to Provisional Brigade, 13th Corps, Texas, Dept. of the Gulf, to February, 1864. Engineer Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf, to October, 1864. United States Forces, Mobile Bay, Dept. of the Gulf, to November, 1st Brigade, District of West Florida, to February, 1865. 3rd Brigade, District of West Florida, to March, 1865. Engineer Brigade, Military Division West Mississippi, to June, 1865. Unattached, Dept. of the Gulf, to April, 1866.

SERVICE.-Red River Campaign to May 22, 1864. Built bridge over Red River at Grand Ecore April 12. Constructed rifle pits and Abatis about Grand Ecore April 13-19. Repair road from Grand Ecore to Cane River, and crossing over Cane River April 19-20. Lower Crossing of Cane River April 22. At Alexandria constructing works and dam April 25-May 13. Retreat to Morganza May 13-22. Marksville May 16. Operations about Yellow Bayou May 17-20. Fatigue duty at Morganza till Tune 20. Ordered to New Orleans, La., June 20. Duty in District of Carrollton till August. Moved to Mobile Bay, Ala., August 20. Duty at Mobile Point and Dauphin Island till February, 1865. In District of Florida till March, 1865. Campaign against Mobile and its Defences March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 9. Duty in the Fortifications of Mobile and at various points in the Dept. of the Gulf till April, 1866. Mustered out April 6, 1866.

Predecessor unit:

Corps De Afrique.-United States Colored Volunteers.
3rd Regiment Engineers.
Organized at New Orleans, La., August 26, 1863. Attached to Engineer Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf, to October, 1863. Unattached, 13th Army Corps, Texas, Dept. of the Gulf, to March, 1864. Provisional Brigade, 13th Army Corps, Texas, Dept. of the Gulf, to April, 1864.

SERVICE.-Duty at New Orleans and Brashear City, La., till October, 1863. Ordered to Texas October, 1863, and duty there till March, 1864. Ordered to Berwick Bay, La., thence to Franklin, La. Red River Campaign March to May. In charge of Pontoon Train. Built bridge at Vermillionville Bayou March 18, and at Cane River March 30. Designation of Regiment changed to 97th United States Colored Troops April 4, 1864 (which see).

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Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Regiments | Tags: Mississippi , Florida , Louisiana , Texas , Colored Infantry , Alabama
Related Topics / Keywords / Phrases: 1863, 1864, 1865, 1866, 1st Brigade, 3rd Brigade, Alexandria, Blake, Carrollton, DE, Department of the Gulf, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Mobile, Mobile Bay (Alabama), New Orleans, New Orleans (Louisiana), Texas, United States Colored Infantry,