John Talkington (Tuckington)enlisted into the Union Army October 5, 1863 at Ft Scott Kansas. He was assigned to K company 83rd unit regiment of the United States Colored Infantry also known as the USCT. He volunteered to serve for three years. He was mustered into service as a private on the 17th day of October 1863 at Ft Scott Kansas. In the spring of 1964 his command was assigned to the hospital train unit as a guard for the wounded and sick soldiers. They encountered skirmishes when they reached Pine Bluff and the Saline Rivers. They were attacked without warning by the 29th Texas Confederate Rebel command. All of the guards were killed. John was wounded and taking to the hospital. He had been shot.
His name is listed on The African American Civil War Memorial in Washington DC. He is PLAQUE C-90 as John Tuckington.
The 83rd Regiment Infantry (New)was Organized from the 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry December 13, 1864. Attached to 2nd Brigade, District of the Frontier, 7th Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to January, 1865. Colored Brigade, 7th Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to February, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 7th Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to August, 1865. Dept. of Arkansas to October, 1865. SERVICE.--Duty at Fort Smith, Ark., until January, 1865. Moved to Little Rock, Ark., January 15-February 4, and duty there until August. Moved to Camden, Ark., August 1-10, and duty there until October 9. Mustered out October 9, 1865. Discharged at Leavenworth, Kansas, November 27, 1865. Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 32 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 211 Enlisted men by disease. Total 245.