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U. S. COLORED TROOPS - WILKES COUNTY

 

The following is a listing of some of the soldiers who were born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and enlisted to serve in what was known as the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. Most of these men were apparently living in other locations when they enlisted, and these records could possibly give a clue to where their families originated from, or relocated to.

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 Name: Samuel BROWN
Birthplace: Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:  Aug. 12, 1863
Enlistment Location:  Nashville, TN
Term: 3 yrs.    Age: 43    Height: 5' 4"
Complexion: Black    Eyes: Black       Hair: Black
Occupation: Farmer
Branch of Service: 12th Regt., Infantry, Company K
Birth Year: 1820
Remarks: Discharged May 3, 1865
Name: Charles COLBERT
Birthplace: Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:    Jan. 24, 1864
Enlistment Location:  Shelbyville, TN
Term: 3 yrs.      Age: 27      Height: 6'
Complexion: Black     Eyes: Black      Hair: Black
Occupation: Farmer
Branch of Service: 15th Regt., Infantry, Company G
Birth Year: 1837
Remarks: Mustered out Nashville, TN, April 7, 1866
Name: Jackson COLBERT
Birthplace: Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:   Jan. 24, 1864
Enlistment Location:    Shelbyville, TN
Term: 3 yrs.     Age: 20      Height: 6'
Complexion: Black      Eyes: Black      Hair: Black
Occupation:   Farmer
Branch of Service: 15th Regt., Infantry, Company G
Birth Year: 1844
Remarks: Promoted to corporal, then to sergeant, then rank reduced
Name: Joseph COLBERT
Birthplace: Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:  Jan. 24, 1864
Enlistment Location:    Shelbyville, TN
Term: 3 yrs.    Age: 24     Height: 6'
Complexion: Black     Eyes: Black      Hair: Black
Occupation: Farmer
Branch of Service: 15th Regt., Infantry,    Company G
Birth Year: 1840
Remarks: Died March 22, 1864 at Shelbyville
Name:  Samuel DENNA
Birthplace: Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:   Apr. 26, 1865
Enlistment Location:   Greenville, TN
Term: 3 yrs.      Age: 18    Height: 5' 6"
Complexion: Dark      Eyes: Dark       Hair: Dark
Occupation:    Farmer
Branch of Service: 40th Regt., Infantry,   Company H
Birth Year: 1847
Remarks: Discharged upon Surgeon's Certificate due to disability at Bridgeport, ALA, March 29, 1866
Name:   Frank HARRIS
Birthplace:   Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:   Feb. 9, 1864
Enlistment Location:  New Haven, CT
Term: 3 yrs.    Age: 31     Height: 5' 9 1/4"
Complexion: Black    Eyes: Black     Hair: Black
Occupation:   Painter
Branch of Service: 31st Regt.,   Infantry,  Company D
Birth Year:  1833
Remarks: Deserted from Conscript Camp, Fair Haven, CT, Apr. 3, 1864
Name: Hiram HAYS
Birthplace:  Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:   Apr. 11, 1863
Enlistment Location:   Helena, Ark.
Term: 5 yrs.      Age: 30       Height: 5' 9"
Complexion: Black     Eyes: Black     Hair: Black
Occupation: Farmer
Branch of Service: 46th Regt., Infantry,  Company B
Birth Year:    1833
Remarks:
Name:  Charles HENRY
Birthplace:  Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:  Apr. 26, 1865
Enlistment Location:  Alabama
Term: 3 yrs.       Age: 19           Height: 5' 9"
Complexion: Dark      Eyes: Black         Hair: Black
Occupation:   Farmer
Branch of Service: 42nd Regt,  Infantry,  Company H
Birth Year: 1846
Remarks: Deserted June 1, 1865 at Chattanooga
Name: Robert MARTIN
Birthplace:  Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:  Apr. 26, 1865
Enlistment Location:   Greenville, TN
Term: 3 yrs.         Age: 18           Height: 5' 10"
Complexion: Dark     Eyes: Dark         Hair: Dark
Occupation:    Farmer
Branch of Service: 40th Regt., Infantry,  Company H
Birth Year: 1847
Remarks: Died of intermittent fever, at Regimental Hospital, Bridgeport, Ala., Oct. 2, 1865
Name: Augustus McCLELLAND
Birthplace:  Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date:  Aug. 1, 1864
Enlistment Location:  Rome, GA
Term: 3 yrs.        Age: 18             Height: 5' 6"
Complexion: Black        Eyes: Black          Hair: Black
Occupation: Farmer
Branch of Service: 44nd Regt., Infantry,  Company H
Birth Year: 1846
Remarks: Captured Oct. 13, 1864, Returned Aug. 10, 1865
Name: John McCLELLAND
Birthplace: Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date: Aug. 1, 1864
Enlistment Location:    Rome, GA
Term: 3 yrs.       Age: 45           Height: 5' 6 1/2"
Complexion: Black    Eyes: Black           Hair: Black
Occupation:   Farmer
Branch of Service: 44nd Regt.,  Infantry, Company H
Birth Year: 1819
Remarks: Captured at Dalton, GA, Oct. 13, 1864; Died in Rebel prison
Name: Samuel SCALES
Birthplace:  Wilkes County, NC
Enlistment Date: July 27, 1863
Enlistment Location:  Natchez, Miss
Term: 3 yrs.        Age: 45            Height: 5' 8"
Complexion: Dark      Eyes: Black          Hair: Black
Occupation: Laborer
Branch of Service: 5th Regt., Heavy Artillery, Company A
Birth Year: 1818
Remarks: Married; Family resides at Contraband Camp at Natchez, Miss. in charge of Capt. Smith. Died of disease at Vicksburg, Miss., Nov. 2, 1863
 
Contributed by Deloris Williams

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