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

United States Colored Troops

United States Colored Troops & Blacks With The Confederate Army

APRIL 9, 1865



Compiled by Bennie J. McRae, Jr.



Seventeen Union regiments advanced on the village from the west to block the westward movement of the Confederate forces.

Three of the seventeen units were United States Colored Infantry Regiments; the 29th, 31st and 116th.

The 8th, 41st and 45th United States Colored Infantry Regiments were assigned to positions in the rear.

The surrender was signed in the parlor of McLean House on 9 April 1865 by General Ulysses S. Grant representing the Union, and General Robert E. Lee representing the Confederates.

The Confederate Cavalry surrendered on 10 April; the Artillery surrendered on 11 April; and the Infantry surrendered on 12 April.

Included in those paroled by the Union Army were thirty-six Blacks with the  Confederate Army.

A second meeting between Grant and Lee occurred on Monday 10 April on the little knoll between the river and the surrender site.

Generals Grant and Lee discussed conditions in the south and the problems of restoring peace. Except for a brief courtesy call by Lee at the White House in 1869, they never met again.


Blacks with the Confederate Army paroled at Appomattox

Quartermaster Department of 3rd Corps Ordinance Train.
16 slaves (names unknown)

18th Georgia Battalion


Joe Parkman Company A
George Waddell Company A
Henry Williams Company B
Louis Gardeen Company A


James Polk Company B
Scipio Africanus Company B
William Read Company C
John Lery Company A

Quartermaster Department Gary’s Cavalry Brigade

James Barabsha Guard
Thomas Bowen Teamster
Burress Bowen Teamster
John Bowen Teamster
Jack Caldwell Teamster

Bob ( Slave of Davod Bridges) Teamster
Jim (Slave of T. M. Dittrick)
Solomon Wright Blacksmith

Donaldsonville Artillery, Company B
H. Blum Cook
L. Leport Servant
Jno. Mamply Servant
Jno. Semple Servant

U. S. Colored Infantry Regiments and Place of Organization

29th USCI - Quincy, Illinois
31th USCI - Hart’s Island, New York
116th USCI Camp Nelson, Kentucky

Reserve Units

8th USCI - Camp William Penn, Pennsylvania
41st USCI - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
45th USCI - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

SOURCE: Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Site

Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Confederacy | Tags: Virginia , Georgia , Illinois , 1869
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