Sergeant Major Norman Fisher and reenactors of the
First Mississippi Volunteer Infantry (Civil War)
(Photo by Jerry McRae)


First Mississippi Volunteer Infantry (African Descent)

The First Mississippi Volunteer Infantry (African Descent) was organized in May, 1863 at Millikem's Bend, Louisiana and Vicksburg, Mississippi under the command of Colonel A. Watson Webber, and redesignated the 51st United States Colored Infantry Regiment on March 11, 1864 as per Orders Number 7, signed by Adjutant General L. Thomas, by order of the Secretary of War.

As recruits, participated in the Battle of Milliken's Bend June 5 thru 7, 1863, and subsequently attached to Post of Goodrich Landing, District of Vicksburg, Mississippi until December, 1864. Assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., until February, 1865. Reassigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Steele's Command, Military District of West Mississippi until June, 1865. Last assignment was to the Department of the Gulf until mustered out in June, 1866.


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