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Colonel Lewis Johnson - 44th USCT
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My name is Cheryl Johnson Ludecke and my great grandfather was Colonel Lewis Johnson who led the 44th USCT. I am writing a book about him and have been working with several authors of books which include him. I have recently found out that Colonel Johnson was personally very involved with his men had his Captains teaching his 44th usct troops to read at night. I was told by a Civil War Author that he was very concerned about providing his troops with the necessities to do well in life after the Civil War. Colonel Johnson was a Prussian immigrant himself and his father was a professor in Rostock Germany. Colonel Johnson spoke 3 languages and reading and drawing civil war sketches and watercolors were his great interests. He had great enthusiasm for passing knowledge to his troops that would help them. I have interest in a book as well as a movie on his story with the 44th USCT. I am attaching Colonel Johnson's bio from the Civil War Indiana page. If you have any information or know how to contact any relatives of the men in his troops, I would be very interested. I would appreciate any help which you could give me. I think the 44th USCT's story is wonderful and needs to be told.I thank you in advance.
Cheryl Johnson Ludecke, Great Granddaughter of Colonel Lewis Johnson
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A brief history of the 44th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Organized at Chattanooga, Tenn., April 7, 1864. Attached to District of Chattanooga, Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. Unattached, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to December, 1864. 1st Colored Brigade, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1865. Unattached, District of the Etowah, to March, 1865. 1st Colored Brigade, Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, District of East Tennessee, July, 1865. Dept. of the Cumberland and Dept. of Georgia to April, 1866.
SERVICE.-Post and garrison duty at Chattanooga, Tenn., till November, 1864. Action at Dalton, Ga., October 13, 1864. Battle of Nashville, Tenn., December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Post and garrison duty at Chattanooga, Tenn., in District of East Tennessee, and in the Dept. of Georgia till April, 1866. Mustered out April 30, 1866.