Item #17337 One of the FIRST Wave of COLORED TROOPS RECRUITS ORDERS During the CIVIL WAR- 1863. Civil War Colored Troops.
One of the FIRST Wave of COLORED TROOPS RECRUITS ORDERS During the CIVIL WAR- 1863

One of the FIRST Wave of COLORED TROOPS RECRUITS ORDERS During the CIVIL WAR- 1863

ALS : Autograph Letter Signed

[AFRICAN AMERICANA] [COLORED TROOPS]. Military Special Order. Dated December 15th, 1863. Handwritten and signed on Headquarters letterhead of the Draft Rendezvous, Long Island, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. Measures approximately 9.5" x 7.5". Frederick Douglass argued that the enlistment of Black soldiers would help the North win the war. The first Black regiment to be raised in the North was the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in 1863 when Governor John Andrew of Massachusetts received permission to raise a regiment of African American soldiers. Special order No. 128 commands that "Segt. Marcus Kimball 19th Mass. Vols. is hereby relieved from duty with the Invalid Detachment and assigned to duty with the Colored Detachment." The United States War Department subsequently established the Bureau of Colored Troops to facilitate the recruitment of African-American soldiers to fight for the Union Army; These units became known as the United States Colored Troops (USCT). Approximately 175 regiments comprising more than 178,000 free blacks and freedmen served during the last two years of the war. The return address is listed on verso along with "Segt. Kimball assigned to the Colored Detachment." Very clean. Two light creases along original folds. Overall in very good condition.

Item #17337

Price: $2,800.00