Battle Unit Details


61st Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

Organized March 11, 1864, from 2nd Tennessee Infantry (African Descent). Attached to District of Memphis, Tenn., 16th Corps. Dept. of Tennessee, to June, 1864. 1st Colored Brigade, Memphis, Tenn., District of West Tennessee, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, United States Colored Troops, District of Morganza, Dept. of the Gulf, to April, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of West Florida, to June, 1865. Dept. of Alabama to December, 1865.

Post and garrison duty at Memphis, Tenn., till July, 1864. Smith's Expedition to Tupelo, Miss., July 5-21. Camargo's Cross Roads July 13. Tupelo July 14-15. Old Town Creek July 15. Smith's Expedition to Oxford, Miss., August 1-30. Repulse of Forest's attack on Memphis, Tenn., August 21. Near Memphis August 24. Eastport October 10. Moscow Station December 2-3. Duty at Memphis till February, 1865. Ordered to New Orleans, La., February 23; thence to Morganza, La. Ordered to Barrancas, Fla., March 17. Ordered to Blakely, Ala., April 15. Duty there and in the District of Alabama till December. Mustered out December 30, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 37 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 316 Enlisted men by disease. Total 356.

Predecessor unit:

Organized at LaGrange, Tenn., June 30, 1863. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 16th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to November, 1863. Post of Corinth, 2nd Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1864. 1st Colored Brigade, District of Memphis, 16th Army Corps, to March, 1864.

Post and garrison duty at LaGrange and Moscow, Tenn., till January, 1864. Skirmish at Moscow December 3, 1863 (Detachment). Wolf Bridge, near Moscow, December 3-4. Ordered to Memphis, Tenn., January, 1864, and post and garrison duty there till March, 1864. Designation of Regiment changed to 61st United States Colored Troops March 11, 1864 (which see).
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