• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area


    National Battlefield Park Virginia

USCT Medal of Honor Recipients

In the early morning hours of September 29, 1864, black troops, or United States Colored Troops (USCTs for short) charged the Rebel works at New Market Heights, VA. For their valor in this engagement, 14 USCTs received the Medal of Honor. This is the story of these men and the fateful morning of September 29, 1864.

Overview : An overview of the Battle of New Market Heights

USCT Background : The story of the United States Colored Troops

The Union Perspective : A detailed look at the Battle of New Market Heights

USCT Medal of Honor recipients from the Battle of New Market Heights.

Order of Battle : Units present at the Battle of New Market Heights

Casualty Lists

Maps & Photos

Virtual Bibliography : Read the orders and dispatches that tell the story.


National Park Service USCT Site

Did You Know?

A young woman writes a letter home for a wounded soldier.

Phoebe Yates Pember worked at Chimborazo Hospital as a matron, caring for the sick and wounded. Her memoirs, A Southern Woman’s Story are still in print and are considered to be among the finest pieces of Civil War literature.