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COL Thomas Wentworth Storrow Higginson

COL Thomas Wentworth Storrow Higginson

Birth
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 9 May 1911 (aged 87)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 4841 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. A major abolitionist figure in the pre-Civil War days, he served as Colonel and commander of the 1st South Carolina (USA) Volunteer Infantry, which was the very first African-American Union infantry regiment of the Civil War. He recruited escaped slaved from South Carolina to fight the Confederacy, and pre-dated the more famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry by nearly a year. He served first as Captain and commander of Company C, 51st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which had been sent to South Carolina in occupation duty. While there he begaen recruited escaped slaves and slaves who had been freed by the presence of the Union army. Designated the 1st South Carolina (Colored) Volunteer Infantry in January 1863, it was eventually re-named as the 33rd United States Colored Troops in February 1864, and took part in operations in Beaufort, Pocotaligo and Hilton Head. He led the regiment until October 1864, when wounds forced him to resigned. In 1870 he published the work "Army Life in a Black Regiment".

Bio by: Russ Dodge



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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL Thomas Wentworth Storrow Higginson (22 Dec 1823–9 May 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4841, citing Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .