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1st Iowa Colored Inf. aka 60th USCT

1st Iowa Colored Infantry; 60th US Regiment.

*History and Complete Roster
*Lee county Soldiers in the 60th US Infantry

1st Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry - African Descent
in the War of the Rebellion

Term of service three years. Mustered into the service of the United States at Keokuk, Iowa, and Benton Barracks, Mo., of dates ranging from Oct. 11, 1863, to Dec. 4, 1863, by Lieutenant Colonel William N. Grier and Colonel B. L. E. Bonneville, United States Army. Mustered out of service (Sixtieth Regiment United States Colored Troops) Oct. 15, 1865, Devall's Bluff, Ark.

"The regiment will be known as the First regiment of Iowa African Infantry.

Report of Adjutant General or Iowa, 1864, page 198.
Report of Adjutant General of Iowa, 1864, page iv.

Six companies for the regiment were recruited in Iowa, and comprised within their ranks almost every man of African descent in the State who was capable of performing military service. Four companies were recruited in Missouri, but in all the companies appear names of men from adjoining States, as shown by the original roster of the regiment. The aggregate strength of the regiment when its last company was mustered in—December 4, 1863—was nine hundred eleven men, rank and file. The subjoined roster shows a long list of casualties, mainly from disease. The records give but one instance in which the regiment came into conflict with the enemy, which was at Wallace's Ferry, Big Creek, Ark., July 26, 1864. In that engagement Adjutant Theodore W. Pratt, of Keokuk, Iowa, was killed, and several enlisted men of the regiment were either killed or wounded. The compiler regrets that he has not been able to find the official report of the regimental commander, describing the part taken by the regiment in that engagement, only the returns of casualties being shown by the records. In Dyer's Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, the following summary of the history and service of the "Sixtieth Regiment of Infantry, United States Colored Volunteers," is given:..."


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