28th US Colored Troops

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

This Unit was mustered in April 20, 1864. On April 25, six companies of the 28th left Indianapolis for Washington, D.C., where they were attached to the capital's defenses. The 28th was formally mustered out in Texas on November 28, 1865.[1]   [2]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The list of companies with their counties and their rosters are on the 28th US Colored Troops on CIVIL WAR INDEX web site. (accessed 29 Jan 2011)

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Report of the adjutant general of the state of Indiana.

Indiana. Adjutant General's Office (Main Author)Publication:[Indianapolis, Indiana : Filmed by Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 198-?].42 microfiche FHL microfiche WorldCat


  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Indiana in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Indiana in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Indiana, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861-1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Wikipedia   (accessed 23 Mar 2011) article on the 20th US Colored Troops

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops - FamilySearch Historical Records


Gaff, Alan D. "Forgotten Freedom Fighters: Indiana Blacks in Massachusetts Regiments"   Allen Library

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Civil War Archive. (accessed 08 Feb 2011)Brief history of the 20th US Colored Troops.
  2. Wikipedia (accessed 23 Mar 2011) article on the 20th US Colored Troops
  3. "Military History" Chapter 9 in History of Knox and Davies County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the Colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the State government. (1975. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc.),( page 227; Regiment,Companies)977.23 H2g FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries INTERNET ARCHIVE