61st US Colored Infantry

Historic Marker

Historic Marker dedicated on June 18, 2021 on the Madison County Courthouse lawn, Jackson Tennessee.

Battle Unit Details

Predecessor unit:  TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS. / 2nd REGIMENT INFANTRY (AFRICAN DESCENT). 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.

SERVICE: 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.

The designation of the regiment was changed to the 61ST USCI in March/April 1864

SERVICE: 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.

Eleven Williamson County men enlisted in the 61st USCI. All of them were born in Williamson County. They ranged in age from 18 to 45.  

Civil War Canteen - 61st Colored Troops - belonged to Pleasant Muse

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