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They Served in the Civil War... Help
I have always been interested in the Civil War and the Colored troops that served from Louisiana, more so since finding out my father’s maternal step GG-Grandfather Harry Blount enlisted in the US Colored Troops at New Orleans in 1863. Now I am almost obsessed after recently discovering his (maternal) G- Uncle Samuel Smith ...enlisted the next year (1864 also at New Orleans). As a result and armed with this information I’ve spent many hours reading up on the Civil War especially the Louisiana Native Guards and all its reorganizations up to and including Company C of the 99th USC Infantry the units GGG-Grandfather Harry served in and lastly the 10th USC, Co F, Heavy Artillery, G-Uncle Samuel’s unit
Now after receiving the Invalid Pension file for GGG G-father Harry I find from GGG G-mother Johanna’s statement that she had not one son but two who served. Her second son GG-Grand Uncle Alfred Smith joined at New Orleans too, he became sick at Ship Island and was transported to the Plantation Hospital in Louisiana but which plantation hospital? (there is a Alfred Smith buried at the Baton Rouge National Cemetery I’m waiting for confirmation)
She goes on to say another son G-Uncle Henry Smith was in the Harbor Crew at Ship Island during the same time.
My questions are…
2.What was the ‘Harbor Crew’ were they civilians or were they in the military? HELP!