I came across this list, and thought there might be descendants out there who would appreciate it. It can prove useful in a couple of ways-add a bit of history to a meager one, possibly provide a lead in finding a grave, if the soldier/sailor died there, or perhaps give you someplace else to look for records:
To the Editor of the N.Y. Tribune:
SIR: - While confined in Charleston Jail, South Carolina, in June last, as a prisoner of war, the following note was placed in my hands, and the accompanying list. Massachusetts journals are requested to give them wide circulation.
AN EXCHANGED OFFICER.
New York, August 9th, 1864.
SIR: I do, in behalf of my fellow-prisoners, earnestly hope and pray that this may be the means, through you, of procuring our release. The privations of the white soldiers are nothing in comparison to ours, in our destitute condition, being, as it were, without friends, and in the enemy's hands, with an almost utter hopelessness of being released, and not having heard from our families or friends since we were captured.
List of Colored Soldiers and Sailors held as Prisoners
of War at Charleston, S.C., June 13, 1864.
Corporal Ralph B. Gardener, Co. A, 54th Massachusetts, captured at Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863.
Jas. Allen, Co. A, 54th Mass., captured at Ft. Wagner, July 18, 1863.
William F. Hill, Co. A, 54th Mass., captured at Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863.
Corp. Chas. Hardy, Co. B, 54th Mass., captured at Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863.
Lemuel Blake, Co. B, 54th Mass., captured at James Island, July 14, 1863.
Geo. Counsel, Co. B, 54th Mass., captured at James Island, July 14, 1863.
George Grant, captured at Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863.
Cornelius Henson, Co. C,
Geo. F. Prosser, Co. D,
Nathaniel Hurley, Co. E,
Jefferson Ellis, Co. F,
Charles Stanton, Co. G,
Sergeant Walter A. Jeffries, Co. H, captured July 16th, 1863, at James Island, South Carolina.
Corp. A. Williams and Wm. H. Kirk, both of Co. H.
Wm. H. Worthington, Co. H.
John W. Dixon, Co. H, 54th Mass.
Wm. H. Harrison,
Sergt. Alfred Whiting, Co. I, captured at Ft. Wagner, July 18, 1863.
Joseph Beard, Co. K.
Sergeant Robert Johnson, Jr., Co. F, 55th Mass., captured at N. Edisto Island, S.C., Nov. 12, 1863.
Edward Logan, Co. F, 55th Massachusetts, captured at N. Edisto Island, S.C., Nov. 12th, 1863.
Orren Brown, U.S. gunboat Isaac Smith, Feb., 1863.
Wm. Johnson, U.S. gunboat Isaac smith, Feb., 1863.
Wm. Wilson, U.S. gunboat Isaac Smith, Feb., 1863.
Wm. Taylor, U.s. gunboat Isaac Smith, Feb., 1863.
James Mellet, U.S. frigate Wabash, captured at Fort Sumter.
Best of luck in your searches.