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Kansas Colored Volunteers
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Flag of the First Kansas Colored Vol. Inf. (Union). Mustered into service-Jan 13,1863 and designated '79th US Colored Inf. Regt.'(new) on Dec 13,1864. This unit fought in 13 battles, in the states of AR. KS. and MO. Its last battle was at Clarksville, Arkansas on Jan 18,1865. Many were massacred at the battle of Poison Springs,AR on Apr 18,1864, led by Confederate Gen. Nathan B. Forrest. The Second Kansas Colored Inf. Regt. under the command of Brevet Colonel James Howard Gillpatrick avenged the slaughter if it's sister regiment in the battle at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas on May 4, 1864, when they charged the enemy with the battle cry "Remember Poison Spring". The 79th USCI was mustered out of service on Oct 1, 1865. (bio by Tom Denardo)



Added by: Tom Denardo
2/13/2002
 
 

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