United States Army, Colored Infantry Regiment, 26th
Records, 1864-1865


Quantity: 1 box (0.25 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Purchase; Charles Apfelbaum, Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives, Watchung, N.J., December 1993
Processed By: Manuscripts & Special Collections, May 2009

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Historical Note:

This regiment was organized by Col. William Silliman at Rikers Island in New York harbor, February 27, 1864, to serve three years; it served in the Department of the East to March 1864; in the District of Beaufort, Department of the South, to April 1865; and at Port Royal, South Carolina, until it was honorably discharged and mustered out, under Col. William B. Guernsey, August 28, 1865. (Silliman died December 18, 1864, at Beaufort, South Carolina, of wounds received December 9.)

During its service the regiment lost by death 5 officers and 140 enlisted men: killed in action, 21 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 7 enlisted men; of disease, 2 officers, 102 enlisted men; drowned, 1 officer, 4 enlisted men; murdered, 1 enlisted man; of sunstroke, 2 enlisted men; of causes not stated, 3 enlisted men.

Scope and Content Note:

The records include a ledger of accounts of the 26th U.S.C.T. for the issuance of clothing to individual soldiers who served in Company F. Also included are the monthly returns of clothing, camp and garrison equipment for March and October 1864; lists of issuances from quartermaster stores; and inventories of the effects of individual soldiers who died in service.

Box Folder Description
1 1 Monthly return of clothing, camp, and garrison equipage at Rikers Island, New York Harbor, March and October 1864 with Quartermaster Store vouchers (7 items)
1 2 Receipts of Captain George England of 26th U.S.C.T.  for various goods and services at Rikers Island, N.Y., or at Batter Taylor, near Beaufort, S.C., 1864-1865 (8 items)
1 3 Inventories of the effects of soldiers who died in service, 1864-1865 (6 items)
1 4 Two envelopes addressed to Mrs. George England
1   Ledger of accounts for issuance of clothing to individual soldiers of Company F, 26th U.S.C.T., 1864-1865 (1 v. , ca. 300 p., 40 cm.). At least half the pages are blank.
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