REGIMENTAL SERVICE RECORD
135th UNITED STATES COLORED INFANTRY
COMMANDS: [ 135th USCI ]
Organized at Goldsboro, N. C., March 28, 1865.
Duty in Dept. of North Carolina till October, 1865.
Mustered out October 23, 1865.
NOTE # 1: At present, very little is known about this regiment other than it was formed in North Carolina early in 1865, served seven months, and was mustered out. I contacted Dr. Richard Reid, a noted researcher on the U.S. Colored Troops in North Carolina, and received this response"
"I know a little bit about the 135th USCT. Louis Manarin has it being mustered in at Page Station, N.C., on March 28, 1865 [ Organized at Goldsboro, N. C., March 28, 1865 ]. I understood that it was made up from the refugees following Sherman's army. 'The regiment contained men from every Southern state east of the Mississippi River and was carried as a North Carolina regiment because it was organized in the State.' [ Duty in Dept. of North Carolina till October, 1865. Mustered out October 23, 1865. ] It was mustered out in Kentucky in October 23, 1865. I have not looked at the description books for this regiment at the NA so I am not sure how many men were from N.C. I had assumed not very many. Let me know if you get more information."
Dr. Richard Reid
NOTE # 2: The following is from Official Records, which I believe to concern the 135th US Colored Infantry:
O.R.--Series I--Volume XLVII/3 [S# 100] - Union Correspondence, Orders, And Returns Relating to Operationa in North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Georgia, and East Florida, from March 24, 1865, to June 30, 1865.(*)--#5
War Department, Washington, April 7, 1865. Major-General Sherman, Headquarters, North Carolina:
General Blair's organization of a colored regiment approved by you is also approved by the Department. The regiment will remain and be employed by you as you deem proper. You will give provisional certificates of appointment to the officers, to whom regular commissions will be sent when the chief of the bureau returns from Hilton Head.
E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War.
SOURCE: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Vol. 2. Dayton, OH: Morningside, 1979. Ref. See p. 1740 (1 photocopied page) for a concise summary of the regiment's service.
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