Final Resting Place of Edwin Philbrook
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
Resting Place of an Officer Who Served in the 5th United States Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment
Robert W. Philbrook
Philbrick & Philbrook Family Association
|NAME||RANK||UNIT||DATE OF SERVICE|
|Edwin Philbrook||1st Lieutenant||5th USCHA||10/12/1863-3/3/1965|
According to the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System Lieutenant Philbrook served in the 8th Illinois Infantry prior to transferring to the 5th U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery. He was assigned to Company B, and his rank in is listed as 1 Lt. & R.Q.M.
Lieutenant Philbrook had 2 brothers who served in the Civil War. Sergeant Albert Philbrook, 14th Illinois Cavalry, died at Andersonville, and Private Flavious J. Philbrook who served in the 115th Illinois Infantry.
BRIEF REGIMENTAL HISTORY
UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS
5th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery
Organized from 1st Mississippi Heavy Artillery (African Descent). Designated 4th United States Colored Heavy Artillery March 11, 1864, and 5th Heavy Artillery April 26, 1864. Attached to 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., to February, 1865. Unattached, Post of Vicksburg, Dept. of Mississippi, and Dept. of the Gulf to May, 1864.
SERVICE.-Garrison duty at Vicksburg, Miss., till May, 1866. Expedition from Vicksburg to Rodney and Fayette September 29-October 3, 1864. Expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City November 23-December 4, 1864. Mustered out May 20, 1866. Lost during service 4 Officers and 124 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 697 Enlisted men by disease. Total 829
SOURCE: National Park Service's Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System