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Colored Troop Regiments from Kentucky, U.S. Civil War

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After the signing of the Second Confiscation and Militia Act and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, African American men were allowed to enlist in the Union Army. The United States Colored Troops were all African American units that were commanded by whites. In Kentucky, there were 23 volunteer regiments formed between 1863 and 1865, with a total of 23,706 soldiers. Kentucky provided 13% of the African American soldiers who enlisted in the Union Army, second only to the state of Louisiana. Below are the regiment names, locations, and dates. For more information see "Colored Regiments from Kentucky," The National Tribune (Washington, D.C.), 09/29/1904, p.6; A History of Blacks in Kentucky by M. B. Lucas; Campaigns of the Civil War, Supplementary Volume: Statistical Record of the Armies of the United States, v.13, by F. Phisterer; and the HistoryNet website African Americans in the Civil War.

H. A. = heavy artillery

REGIMENT ORGANIZED LOCATION DATE NOTES
4th U.S. Colored H. A. Columbus, KY (Hickman County) June 16, 1863 More Information at FamlySearch
5th U.S. Colored Cavalry Camp Nelson, KY (Jessamine County) October 1864 The 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry / Kentucky Life / KET: Simpsonville Massacre
6th U.S. Colored Cavalry Camp Nelson, KY (Jessamine County) November 1, 1864-June 21, 1865 More Information at FamilySearch
8th U.S. Colored H. A. Paducah, KY (McCracken County) Summer 1864 More Information at Explore Kentucky History
12th U.S. Colored H. A. Camp Nelson, KY (Jessamine County) July 15, 1864-July 15, 1865 History of the 12th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery
13th U.S. Colored H. A. Camp Nelson, KY (Jessamine County) June 1865 More Information at FamilySearch
72nd U.S. Colored Infantry Covington, KY (Kenton County) April 1865 More Information at FamilySearch
100th U.S. Colored Infantry Kentucky-at-large May 1864 & June 1864 U.S. Colored Troops, 100th Regiment, National Park Service website
107th U.S. Colored Infantry Louisville, KY (Jefferson County) Summer 1864 More Information at FamilySearch
108th U.S. Colored Infantry Louisville, KY (Jefferson County) June 20, 1864-August 22, 1864 108th Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops, by Kris Souza - - Wikispaces
109th U.S. Colored Infantry Louisville, KY (Jefferson County) July 5, 1864 U.S Colored Troops, 109th Regiment, National Park Service website
114th U.S. Colored Infantry Camp Nelson, KY (Jessamine County) July 4, 1864 More Information at FamilySearch
115th U.S. Colored Infantry Bowling Green, KY (Warren County) July 15, 1864 More Information at FamilySearch
116th U.S. Colored Infantry Bowling Green, KY (Warren County) June 6, 1864-July 12, 1864 The Civil War in the East
117th U.S. Colored Infantry Covington, KY (Kenton County) July 18, 1864-September 27, 1864 U.S. Colored Troops, 117th Regiment, National Park Service website
118th U.S. Colored Infantry Baltimore, KY (Graves County) October 19, 1864 Enlisted and drafted men. More information at FamilySearch
119th U.S. Colored Infantry Camp Nelson, KY (Jessamine County) Spring 1865 More Information at FamilySearch
120th U.S. Colored Infantry Henderson, KY (Henderson County) November 1864-June 1865 More Information at FamilySearch
121st U.S. Colored Infantry Maysville, KY (Mason County) October 8, 1864 More Information at FamilySearch
122nd U.S. Colored Infantry Louisville, KY (Jefferson County) December 1, 1864 U.S. Colored Troops, 122nd Regiment, National Park Service website
123rd U.S. Colored Infantry Louisville, KY (Jefferson County) December 2, 1864 More Information at FamilySearch
124th U.S. Colored Infantry Camp Nelson, KY (Jessamine County) Spring 1865 More Information at FamilySearch
125th U.S. Colored Troops Louisville, KY (Jefferson County) Spring 1865 More Information at FamilySearch

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References

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NKAA Source: The National tribune (newspaper)
NKAA Source: A History of Blacks in Kentucky: from slavery to segregation, 1760-1891
NKAA Source: Statistical record of the armies of the United States

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