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



in the CIVIL WAR




In remembrance of the thousands of Black men from South Carolina and surrounding states who served as soldiers in the Union Army; the  thousands of men and women (CONTRABANDS), who escaped slavery or were liberated, that worked for the Union Army as scouts, spies, nurses,  laundresses,  stevedores, foragers, general laborers, field hands, blacksmiths, teamsters, cooks, servants; and the thousands of men, women and children who were not able to escape the bondage of slavery and did not experience freedom until the end of the Civil War or after ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.




Establishing the Bureau of Colored Troops


(Place of organization and original designation)


USCC = United States Colored Cavalry
USCHA = United States Colored Heavy Artillery
USCLA = United States Colored Light Artillery
USCI = United States Colored Infantry

  • Battery G, 2nd USCLA - (Hilton Head - May 18, 1864)

  • 21st USCI - (Hilton Head - June 19, 1863-October 1, 1864 as 3rd and 4th South Carolina Colored Volunteers)

  • 33rd USCI - (Beaufort - January 31, 1863 as 1st South Carolina Colored Volunteers)

  • 34th USCI - (Beaufort and Hilton Head - May 23, 1863 - December 31, 1864 as 2nd  South Carolina Colored Volunteers)

  • 103th USCI - (Hilton Head - March 10, 1865)

  • 104th USCI - (Beaufort - April 28 - June 25, 1865)

  • 128th USCI - (Hilton Head - April 23-29, 1865




  • 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.

  • National Park Service. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

  • 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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Researched and Compiled by

Bennie J. McRae, Jr.
LWF Communications
Trotwood, Ohio

Category: Civil War | Subcategory: South Carolina | Tags: South Carolina , Louisiana , Washington
Related Topics / Keywords / Phrases: 1775, 1812, 1861, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1880, 1890, 1901, 1959, 1968, 1992, 1993, 28th, Cavalry, Civil War, Gettysburg (Pennsylvania), Hartford (Connecticut), Louisiana, National Park Service, New York, Ohio, Scouts, South Carolina, The War of the Rebellion (Book), United States Colored Infantry, United States War Department, War Department,