1st US Colored

Heavy Artillery

The 1st US Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment was organized at Knoxville, Tennessee on February 20, 1864. They were on duty at Knoxville until January 1865. The regiment participated in operations against Confederate Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler's cavalry in East Tennessee from August 15-25, 1864. Then, they were involved in operations in Northern Alabama and East Tennessee from January 31-April 24, 1865. The Regiment participated in Stoneman's operations from East Tennessee into Southwestern Virginia and Western North Carolina from February to April. 1865. They were at Greenville and in the District of East Tennessee until March 1866. The regiment mustered out on March 31, 1866 in Chattanooga.

Pvt. Ballard Preston

1846-1927


Six men from Williamson County enlisted in the 1t US Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment.

  • Sgt. Isaac Haley, Company C, enlisted on February 25, 1864 in Knoxville. He was born around 1841 in Roan County, Tennessee and was 23 years old when he enlisted. He was described as a farmer. He moved to Williamson County following the War.

  • Pvt. James Roberts, Company C, enlisted on January 28, 1864 in Knoxville. He was born around 1844 in Williamson County and was 20 year old when he enlisted. He was described as a farmer.. He died onApril 2, 1864 of typhoid pneumonia. No grave has been located.

  • Musician John Winston (Winstead), Company C, enlisted on February 24, 1864 in Knoxville. He was born around 1845 in Williamson County and was 19 years old when he enlisted. He was described as a waiter. He was a member of the Drum Corps during the War.

  • Pvt. Ballard Preston, Company F, enlisted on March 24, 1864 in Knoxville. He was born around 1846 in Williamson County and was 18 years old when he enlisted. He was described as a farmer. He died in 1927 at the National Home for Disabled Soldiers in Johnson City, TN City. His remains are buried in the Mountain Home National Cemetery.

  • Sgt. Jordan Wilkins aka Richard Hughes, Company G, enlisted on May 6, 1864 in Knoxville. He was born around 1846 in Williamson County and was 18 year old when he enlisted. He was described as a farmer. He deserted his regiment and re-enlisted in the 119th US Colored Infantry. In 1904 he drowned in the Ohio River while unloading cargo from a ship. His remains were buried in Evansville, Indiana with a USCT headstone.

  • Sgt. William Baker, Company M, enlisted on October 14, 1864 in Knoxville. He was born around 1844 in Williamson County and was 20 years old when he enlisted. He was described as a farmer.