GREENWOOD CEMETERY

Block #1

Macon County, Decatur, Illinois

Resting Place of an Officer Who Served in the 5th United States Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment

Submitted by

Robert W. Philbrook

Philbrick & Philbrook Family Association

NAME
RANK
UNIT
DATE OF SERVICE
Edwin Philbrook1st Lieutenant5th USCHA10/12/1863-3/3/1965

According to the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System Lieutenant Philbrook served in the 8th Illinois Infantry prior to transferring to the 5th U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery. He was assigned to Company B, and his rank in is listed as 1 Lt. & R.Q.M.

Lieutenant Philbrook had 2 brothers who served in the Civil War. Sergeant Albert Philbrook, 14th Illinois Cavalry, died at Andersonville, and Private Flavious J. Philbrook who served in the 115th Illinois Infantry.

BRIEF REGIMENTAL HISTORY

UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS

5th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery

Organized from 1st Mississippi Heavy Artillery (African Descent). Designated 4th United States Colored Heavy Artillery March 11, 1864, and 5th Heavy Artillery April 26, 1864. Attached to 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., to February, 1865. Unattached, Post of Vicksburg, Dept. of Mississippi, and Dept. of the Gulf to May, 1864.

SERVICE.-Garrison duty at Vicksburg, Miss., till May, 1866. Expedition from Vicksburg to Rodney and Fayette September 29-October 3, 1864. Expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City November 23-December 4, 1864. Mustered out May 20, 1866. Lost during service 4 Officers and 124 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 697 Enlisted men by disease. Total 829.

SOURCE: National Park Service's Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System


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