The Civil War in the East

43rd Infantry Regiment, United States Colored Troops


The 43rd United States Colored Troops lost 3 officers and 48 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 188 enlisted men by disease during the Civil War.



March 12 to June 3

Organized at Philadelphia, Pa.

April 18

Moved to Annapolis, Md. Attached to 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac


Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River, Va. Guard trains of the Army of the Potomac through the Wilderness and to Petersburg.

June 15-19

Before Petersburg

June 16 - April 2

Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg

August 18-21

Weldon Railroad


Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Corps

September 29-30 & October 1

Poplar Grove Church

October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run


On the Bermuda Hundred front and before Richmond


Attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 25th Corps



Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 25th Corps

March 27-28

Moved to Hatcher's Run

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

March 29-31

Hatcher's Run

April 2

Fall of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 9

Appomattox Court House. Surrender of Lee and his army.


Duty at Petersburg and City Point

May 30-June 10

Moved to Texas


Duty on the Rio Grande opposite Mattamoras, Mexico

October 20

Mustered out

November 30

Discharged at Philadelphia, Pa.

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