Battle Unit Details

UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS

79th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry (Old Organization)

Overview:
Organized April 4, 1864, from 7th Corps de Afrique Infantry. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Corps de Afrique, Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Corps de Afrique, Dept. of the Gulf, to July, 1864.

Service:
-Post and garrison duty at Port Hudson, La., till April 17, 1864, and at Fort Pike and Fort Macomb, Defences of New Orleans, till July, 1864. Broken up July 28, 1864, and transferred to 75th United States Colored Troops. A new 79th United States Colored Troops ordered organized by consolidation of 80th and 83rd United States Colored Troops at New Orleans, La., July, 1864, but not completed.

Predecessor unit:

CORPS DE AFRIQUE.-UNITED STATES COLORED VOLUNTEERS.
7th REGIMENT INFANTRY.
Organized at Port Hudson, La., August 31, 1863. Attached to Ullman's Brigade, Corps de Afrique, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Corps de Afrique, to April, 1864.

Service:
-Garrison duty at Port Hudson, La., till April, 1864. Skirmish at Vidalia February 7, 1864. Designation of Regiment changed to 79th United States Colored Troops April 4, 1864 (which see).
Soldiers:
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