Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: 5th USCT Heavy Artillery Flag

The emblem of the 5th USCT Heavy Artillery
courtesy Ser Seshs Ab Heter-Clifford M. BoxleyForks of the Road

5th Regiment Heavy Artillery
(From: as compiled by Mr. Bennie McRae)

Organized from 1st Mississippi Heavy Artillery (African Descent). Designated 4th Heavy Artillery March 11, 1864, and 5th Heavy Artillery April 26, 1864. Attached to 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., to February, 1865. Unattached, Post of Vicksburg, Dept. of Mississippi, and Dept. of the Gulf to May, 1864.

SERVICE.--Garrison duty at Vicksburg, Miss., until May, 1866. Expedition from Vicksburg to Rodney and Fayette September 29-October 3, 1864. Expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City November 23-December 4, 1864. Mustered out May 20, 1866.

Lost during service 4 Officers and 124 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 697 Enlisted men by disease. Total 829. 

SOURCE: Dyer, Frederick H. A COMPENDIUM OF THE WAR OF THE REBELLION. 3 Volumes. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.


LindaRe said...

I research men from my ancestral communities who served with the Colored Troops. Asa McFall of Jefferson County, Mississippi, served with 5th Regiment, USCT, Company L. I am pleased to see the flag he served under. Thank you for sharing.

DLGDyer said...
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DLGDyer said...

I recently learned of my great(3) grandfather's service in this unit. He was Second Lieutenant Spencer Dyer (Co K, 5th USCHA) and is inscribed on the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC which is observing Descendant's Day this Saturday, 7 May 2011.
Apparently the colors are in storage with the Army's historical collection and I just got a photo of it from one of the curators which I've posted on my blog @

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Ralph O. Hart Jr. said...

My great-great grandfather, Amos Hart, served under this flag. He was left infirm by measles and had to petition Congress (several times) for a full medical pension as he was completely blind by the time he died in 1909.