Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The 23rd Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry

The regiment was crucial to many battles won  during the American Civil War. They were the 1st of the Colored Troops to engage Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate troops in combat. Lee's Army and the 23rd clashed on May 15th, 1864 in Spotsylvania, VA. They went on to be joined by the 30th Colored Infantry to beat down an advancement made by Gen. Thomas L. G. Rosser  Southern troops. Success in another battle was legendary: Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, VA (re-enacted in the film, Cold Mountain). Read more about these brave souls at the link above.


Take a gander at this playa! William A. Messley, a member of the U. S. Colored Infantry Regiment just chillin'

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