118th US Colored Infantry

OVERVIEW: Organized at Baltimore, Md., October 19, 1864. Moved to City Point, Va., October 26, 1864. Attached to Provisional Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Corps, Army of the James, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 25th Corps and Dept. of Texas, to February, 1866.

SERVICE: Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond November, 1864. to April, 1865. Occupation of Richmond April 3, 1865. Duty in the Dept. of Virginia till June. Moved to Brazos Santiago, Texas, June and July. Duty at Brownsville and at various points on the Rio Grande till February, 1866. Mustered out February 6, 1866.

Cpl. Rufus Hightower

One Williamson County man is known to have served in the 118th US Colored Infantry Regiment. Rufus Hightower was born in Williamson County around 1845 and enlisted for a one-year term in Bowling Green, Kentucky on September 22, 1864. He served as a substitute for a drafted white man. From February to May 1865, he served as a bugler and then was the bugler at the regimental headquarters in June 1865. In July 1865 he was the chief bugler of the regiment. Hightower mustered out in Brownsville, Texas, on September 23, 1865. Following the war, he married Sallie Gamble in Nashville. He worked as a watchman for the federal government. It is not yet known when or where he died.

Private David Brown, aka David Dowell, 

118th US Colored Infantry

This photographic image is associated with the pension file of Mabel, Edward, Laura and David Brown, minor children of Private David Brown (alias David Dowell), and was originally submitted as proof in the claim. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/197025927