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1st Kansas Colored Infantry flag

1st Kansas Colored Infantry flag
Date: between 1862 and 1864
Blue silk regimental flag of the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry, the first African American regiment from a northern state in the Civil War. Recruitment began August 1862, although they weren't mustered into Federal service until January 13, 1863. They saw their first action at Island Mound, Mo., October 29, 1862. The flag bears the names of eight battle honors. In 1864 the regiment was redesignated the 79th United States Colored Regiment.


George Luther Stearns correspondence

George Luther Stearns correspondence
Date: 1861-1862
This correspondence is between George Luther Stearns and several prominent abolitionists, including Colonel James Montgomery, George W. Collamore, Mary A. Brown, and John Brown, Jr. Included is a circular from the Office of the Kansas Relief Committee, of which Stearns was chairman, seeking clothing and other goods. Stearns received letters from individuals, wholesalers, retailers, and charitable organizations relating to the donation of various articles, goods, and money. It is also discussed how these donations, especially clothing, would benefit the 2nd and 3rd Regiments. A letter from Eleanor S. Deane includes a poem entitled, "To the Little Boys and Girls of Kansas."


James Monroe Williams

James Monroe Williams
Creator: Brady, Mathew B., 1823 (ca.)-1896
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This is a portrait of Colonel James Monroe Williams. At the beginning of the Civil War, he was commissioned a captain and appointed commander of Company F, 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. In 1862, he resigned from the 5th Kansas to raise a regiment of black infantry, which became the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry. He became its colonel. In 1864, Williams assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, VII Corps and was brevetted brigadier general early in 1865. In 1866, after the Civil War, he entered the regular army as a captain in the 8th US Cavalry, serving as commander of Company I. He served with the 8th Cavalry based at Fort Whipple, Arizona, and Forts Selden and Bayard in New Mexico. He resigned in 1873 and became a rancher in Colorado. He was born in 1833 and died in 1907.


James Monroe Williams

James Monroe Williams
Creator: Brady, Mathew B., 1823 (ca.)-1896
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
A carte-de-visite showing Colonel James Monroe Williams. At the beginning of the Civil War he was commissioned a captain and appointed commander of Company F, 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. In 1862, he was resigned from the 5th Kansas, raised a regiment of black infantry, which became the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and became its colonel. In 1864, Williams assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, VII Corps and was brevetted brigadier general early in 1865. In 1866, after the Civil War, he entered the regular army as a captain in the 8th US Cavalry, serving as commander of Company I. He served with the 8th Cavalry based at Fort Whipple, Arizona and Forts Selden and Bayard, New Mexico. He resigned in 1873 and became a rancher in Colorado.


Muster out roll, Seventy-Ninth Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, formerly the First Kansas Colored Infantry, volume 7

Muster out roll, Seventy-Ninth Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, formerly the First Kansas Colored Infantry, volume 7
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1865
This is the muster out roll for Civil War soldiers in the 79th US Colored Infantry, formerly the 1st Kansas Colored. The lists may include name, rank, age, when and where they mustered in, last date of pay, and remarks. The index to the Kansas Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, (see link below) also gives the regiment and company the soldier served in.


Roster, Seventy-Ninth Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, formerly the First Kansas Colored Infantry, volume 4

Roster, Seventy-Ninth Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, formerly the First Kansas Colored Infantry, volume 4
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1863
This is the roster for Civil War soldiers in the Seventy-Ninth Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, formerly the First Kansas Colored Infantry. An index is at the beginning, giving the name of the soldier, his company, and the page number his record is listed on. The lists may include name, age, place of residence,rank, and enlistment date. For many of the soldiers the roster includes the date they left the service, the place, and the reason. The index to the Kansas Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, (see link below) also gives the regiment and company the soldier served in.


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