10th Louisiana Infantry Regiment (African Descent)

The 10th Louisiana Infantry (African descent) was a regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.[1][2] It was composed primarily of freed or escaped slaves from Louisiana's plantations and was commanded by white officers.

10th Louisiana Infantry Regiment (African Descent)
Active1863–1864
Country United States
AllegianceUnion
BranchInfantry
SizeRegiment
EngagementsAmerican Civil War

Vicksburg CampaignEdit

The unit was organized at Lake Providence and Goodrich Landing, Louisiana, between May 6 and August 8, 1863. It was attached to the Goodrich Landing post until January 1864 and at Vicksburg until March 1864.[1]

Yazoo River ExpeditionEdit

The regiment participated in the Yazoo River Expedition between February 1 and March 8, 1864. Action was seen at Liverpool Heights, Mississippi, on February 4 (with the 11th Illinois Infantry and the First Mississippi Cavary)[3] and Satartia, Mississippi, on February 7. Yazoo City, Mississippi, was captured by Union forces on February 4 and the regiment occupied the city between February 9 and March 6. There was a skirmish at Yazoo city on March 5.

48th Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored TroopsEdit

The regiment was designated the 48th Regiment Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops on March 11, 1864.[4] The regiment participated in the expedition from Vicksburg to Rodney and Fayette, Mississippi, between September 29 and October 3, 1864. The unit was sent to Algiers, Louisiana, on February 26, 1865, and then to Fort Barrancas, Florida. Between March 20 and April 1, they marched from Pensacola, Florida, to Blakely, Alabama,

The regiment fought in the Battle of Fort Blakely, April 2–9, 1865 and then marched to Montgomery April 13–25. They were at Montgomery until June 1865 and then went to Texas where they were on duty along the Rio Grande until January 1866. The regiment mustered out on January 4, 1866.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Dyer, Frederick Henry (1908). Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories. New York: T. Yoseloff.
  2. ^ United Nations Library (2006). Bibliography Of State Participation In The Civil War, 1861-1866. Martino Publishing. ISBN 1-57898-519-6.
  3. ^ "IMPORTANT FROM VICKSBURGH.; Fight at Liverpool Heights Attack by the Rebels on Yazoo City Defeat of the Traitors Gallantry of the Union Troops". New York Times. March 26, 1864. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  4. ^ "Union Regimental Histories: United States Colored Troops Infantry". The Civil War Archive. Retrieved 2008-08-18.

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