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28th US Colored Troops
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
28th US Colored Troops Officer Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 3, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866 View Entire Book
28th US Colored Troops Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 7, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1867 View Entire Book
Additional Recruits for Colored Troops - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 7, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1867 View Entire Book

Regimental History
Twenty-eighth U. S. Colored Troops. — The enlisted men of this regiment were recruited in Indiana as a part of the quota of the state. Six companies were organized at Indianapolis in April, 1864, and turned over to the United States as a battalion of the 28th U. S. Colored infantry. Capt. Charles S. Russell, of the 11th U. S. infantry, was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the battalion, which was mustered in April 20, 1864, and left the state on the 24th, going to Washington City, thence to Alexandria, Va. It embarked on June 2, for White House, where it was engaged with the enemy on the 21st. It accompanied Sheridan's cavalry on its march through the Chickahominy swamps, arriving at Prince George Court House after several skirmishes with the enemy in which it lost heavily. It was assigned to Thomas' brigade, Ferrero's division, 9th corps, moving with it to the vicinity of the Appomattox and participating in the campaign against Petersburg during the summer and fall of 1864. It lost nearly half its number in killed and wounded at the "Crater." Soon after it was strengthened by recruits, and by the addition of four more companies from Indiana, it was made a full regiment. Lieut. -Col. Russell was promoted to the colonelcy of the regiment on Aug. 23, and for gallant conduct in the actions before Petersburg was made a brigadier-general by brevet and assigned to the command of a brigade. Maj. Thomas H. Logan, who had been commissioned in May, was commissioned lieutenant-colonel in October and took command of the regiment, being succeeded as major by Nathan A. Secrist. The regiment was conspicuously engaged at Hatcher's run, where it lost heavily. It was assigned to the 25th corps, Army of the James, and was selected for duty in the quartermaster's department at City Point, remaining there until called upon to assist in the operations against Richmond. It was one of the first organizations to enter that city after its fall ; was then sent back to City Point to take charge of prisoners, remaining until June, when with its corps it proceeded to Brazos Santiago, Tex., which place was reached July 1. Disembarking at Indianapolis on the 5th, it remained a short time and then rejoined its brigade at Corpus Christi, remaining there until mustered out Nov. 8, 1865. Its original strength was 950; gain by recruits, 1,624; total, 2,574. Loss by death, 218; desertion, 87; unaccounted for, 865.

Footnotes:
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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