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Mississippi 1st Infantry Colored Troops (Union)

16 May 1863

Mississippi 1st Infantry Colored Troops organized.

18 May 1863

Participated in the Battle of Vicksburg at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

The Battle of Vicksburg
The Battle of Vicksburg

In mid-May, 1863, after six months of unsuccessful attempts, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee finally converged on Vicksburg, defended by a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton. Capture of the Mississippi River town was critical to Union control of the strategic river. Vicksburg was located on a high river bluff defended with artillery, and Pemberton's men had constructed a series of fortifications in an 8-mile arc surrounding the city on the landward side. After crossing the… Read More

11 Mar 1864

Mississippi 1st Infantry Colored Troops mustered out.

Mississippi, United States of America

Field Officers

Colonel Isaac F. Shephard

Lieutenant Colonel A. Watson Webber