Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Corporal Thomas Benton, U.S. Colored Infantry, 67th Regiment, Company E - My 3rd Great-Grandfather

After finding out my 3rd great-grandfather, Thomas Benton was a Union Soldier in the U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War, I decided to look up more information on his regiment.  Incidently, I found this web site and discovered this monument has a plaque for every Colored Regiment containing the names of every Colored Soldier.  My ancestor's name is on Plaque C-76.  I'm speechless.

Below is the information I discovered about his regiment:

UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS
67th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
OVERVIEW:  Organized March 11, 1864, from 3rd Missouri Colored Infantry. Attached to Dept. of Missouri to March, 1864. District of Port Hudson, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. Provisional Brigade, District of Morganza, Dept. of the Gulf, to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Morganza, Dept. of the Gulf, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Morganza, Dept. of the Gulf, to May, 1865. Northern District of Louisiana, Dept. of the Gulf, to July, 1865.
SERVICE:  Moved from Benton Barracks, Mo., to Port Hudson, La. arriving March 19, 1864, and duty there till June. Moved to Morganza, La., and duty there till June, 1865. Action at Mt. Pleasant Landing, La., May 15, 1864 (Detachment). Expedition from Morganza to Bayou Sara September 6-7, 1864. Moved to Port Hudson June 1, 1865. Consolidated with 65th Regiment, United States Colored Troops, July 12, 1865.
Predecessor unit:
MISSOURI VOLUNTEERS.
3rd REGIMENT COLORED INFANTRY.
Organized at Benton Barracks, Mo. Designation changed to 67th United States Colored Troops March 11, 1864 (which see).

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