The 135th United States Colored Troop was enlisted in Goldsboro, North Carolina, on March 27th, 1865 into the army of General William T. Sherman comprised of men from Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. From Goldsboro, they marched on to Washington, DC where they marched under their regimental flag in the Grande Parade May 24th, 1865. This unit was officially discharged the end of October 1865 after performing guard duty in Kentucky and Indiana.
Research at the National Archives in Washington, DC revealed the men’s pension records, birth dates, previous slave owners, and family identification. Also found at the National Archives was their own words describing their experiences in the Army, their wives, and their children. This information has led to the discovery of their descendants, people today who didn’t even know they had relatives who were proud members of the 135th USCT.
The men of the 135th USCT lived their lives with pride as freedom seekers and soldiers in the U.S. Army. Some died and were buried along their route of march, and many lived the remainder of their lives plagued with disease and injury for the betterment of the men and their families. As such and due to their meritorious service in the 135th United States Colored Troop, they need and should be honored as they have been lost in history for over 153 years.
The goal of this organization is to educate the public about this incredible group of American Soldiers and to memorialize their service. Watch the Following video for more information…
Click on the picture for a short video representation of the 135th USCT.