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Stirring footage of Civil War Veterans reunion
Between 1913 & 1938
Company F 29th USCT Civil War Roster
U.S. Colored Troops Medal issued by General
Co. F 29th Infantry U.S. Colored Troops
F of the 29th Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops, was the only African American
Civil War unit credited to Wisconsin.
During the war, each state was required to supply a quota of soldiers.
In order to meet those quotas, states were allowed to pay volunteers to serve in place of people drafted.
F, 29th U.S.C.T., was composed primarily of black soldiers who agreed to
take the place of white Wisconsin residents.
Most of its men were from Illinois or Missouri.
A handful of Wisconsin African Americans, such as Sgt. Alfred Weaver, a former slave living in Vernon County, also
joined Company F. Some members of Co. F from other states settled in Wisconsin after the war.
F saw action mostly late in the war, during the Petersburg Campaign and
the Appomattox Campaign, June 1864-April 1865.
It arrived in Petersburg, Virginia, on July 22, 1864, in the heat of battle.
Eleven of its 85 men, including its white colonel, died the next week in the famous Petersburg Mine Assault, or Battle of the Crater.
Some of its members witnessed the surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Union commander
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865.
The USCT Chronicle
Soldiers in the Civil War
Civil War Pictures - Black Soldiers
CIVIL WAR - WISCONSIN
U.S. Colored Troops Military Service Records 1861-1865
Company F 29th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops - Wisconsin
MISSION & OBJECTIVES
We are a living history unit that reenacts the lives of the men of Company F 29th
Infantry Regiment U.S.C.T. which were the Black men from Wisconsin who volunteered
and the women who supported them during the Civil War. Our mission is to enlighten
and inform the general public of the many heroic contributions made by people of color
from the State of Wisconsin during our nation's Civil War. We conduct school presentations;
participate in parades, community events, battle re-enactments, encampments and many
other activities. It is the main purpose of this organization, through its activities and conduct,
and its thoughts and beliefs that the public will be more accurately aware of our unit's
contribution during America's greatest trial. Also, these deeds and sacrifices do not go
unremembered. Rather, that all Americans in the Civil War who gave of themselves to the
belief that freedom is not free, are honored, studied, and remembered by ourselves, our
nation's children, and our fellow citizens, for the sake of the past, the present, and above all, the future
not forget the many battlefields that have been
saturated with the blood of Black Americans.
SENATE RESOLUTION 3
Relating to: Black History Month and honoring Company F of the 29th USCT.
Whereas, February is Black History Month, giving all citizens an opportunity
to recognize and celebrate the contributions African?Americans have made to
Wisconsin, the United States, and the world; and
Whereas, during the Civil War a substitution and bounty system was
established, allowing states to hire nonresidents and substitutes to meet their draft
quotas for soldiers in the Union Army; and
Whereas, hundreds of African?Americans, including freemen and escaped
slaves, were hired as substitutes and took the place of Wisconsin residents in combat,
despite the fact that many of these African?Americans had never set foot in the state of Wisconsin; and
Whereas, many of these African American troops substituting for Wisconsin
residents served in Company F of the 29th Infantry of U.S. Colored Troops, 9th Army
Corps, 4th Division, in the 2nd Brigade in the Army of the Potomac; and
the men of Company F of the 29th USCT served with distinction and
valor on behalf of Wisconsin, seeing action in the Battle of the Crater, the Petersburg
Campaign, the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, the Richmond Campaign, the
Appomattox Campaign, and the Rio Grande Campaign; and
Whereas, after the Civil War a small number of the surviving members of the
29th USCT returned without fanfare to live and work the remainder of their lives in
Wisconsin; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the senate, That as part of Black History Month, the members
of the Wisconsin senate salute the service of the men of Company F, 29th USCT, who
placed themselves in harm's way in the cause of freedom; and, be it further
Resolved, That the members of the Wisconsin senate honor the memory of
those African American troops who laid down their lives as substitutes for Wisconsin residents.