We the members of the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops are a charitable organization, whose purpose is to commemorate the contributions of the United States Colored Troops during the American Civil War. We tell the story using historical reenactments, memorial ceremonies, parades and various educational and social venues.
TELLING THE STORY
Until the movie “Glory”,very few people were aware that African American regiments fought in the Civil War. The history of how free blacks and ex-slaves fought and sacrificed their lives for freedom, has been, largely over-looked in educational circles and the public record. The 6th Regiment USCT recaptures this proud American heritage by portraying the authentic 6thRegiment United States Colored Infantry, an African-American battle-tested regiment with local historical ties to Trenton and the Delaware Valley. As Civil War reenactors we portray soldiers and civilians related to the historical events, places and personalities associated with the American Civil War. The 6th Regiment USCT is a Living History regiment, which emphasizes education and service as well asre-enacting battles, Civil War era military drilling and a Civil War soldier’s camp life. In 2005 the 6th Reg. USCT expanded by founding a Revolutionary War unit The 1st Rhode Island Regiment, Reenactors Inc.
Our activities include the training of the 6th USCT Cadet Corps and a cadre of musicians, serving as honor guards for ceremonies, marching in parades, and visits to schools, churches, libraries and Senior Centers. The 6th RegimentUSCT are members of the Camp Olden Civil War Round Table which maintains “The Civil War and Native American Museum” in Veterans Park, Hamilton N.J. that is open to the public.
6th Regiment United States Colored Troops
The 1st Rhode Island Regiment, Reenactors Inc.
685 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Trenton NJ, 08618
1st Sgt. Frederic Minus - President
Phone (609) 915-7148 Fax (609)396-3350
6th Regiment United States Colored Troops Reenactors, Inc.
is a IRS 501-C3 designated non-profit Organization
and is registered with New Jersey Charities.
Your contribution is tax deductible.
Approximately 189,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army, another 25,000 served in the US Navy. Nearly 40,000 black soldiers became casualties during the course of the Civil War with 30,000 of those dying of disease. Prejudiced attitudes of the time prevented many black units from being used in combat as extensively as they could have been. Nevertheless, the soldiers served with distinction in 339 battles, 34 of which were major battles affecting the outcome of the war. Black infantrymen fought gallantly at Milliken's Bend LA, Port Hudson LA, Petersburg VA, and Nashville TN. The July 1863 assault on Fort Wagner SC, in which the famous 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers lost two-thirds of their officers and half of their troops, was memorably dramatized in the film “Glory”. By the war's end, 24 black soldiers and sailors had been awarded the Medal of Honor for their valor. One Lieutenant and two sergeants of the original 6th Regiment USCI won Medals of Honor at “The Battle of New Market Heights” at Chaffin’s Farm VA in September 1864.
In non-combat roles Black soldiers served as carpenters, chaplains, cooks, guards, laborers, nurses, scouts, spies, steamboat pilots, surgeons, and teamsters all contributing to the war cause. There were nearly 80 black Commissioned Officers who served in the Civil War. Although black women could not formally join the Army, nonetheless they served as nurses, spies and scouts. One of the most famous was Harriet Tubman who scouted for the 2nd South Carolina Volunteers and was granted a Colonel’s pension by the US Army. The first Navy nurses were black women on the hospital ship “Red Rover”, which did service on the Mississippi River.
Source: Bates, Samuel P. History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865,Harrisburg, 1868-1871.
Camp William Penn, near Philadelphia,
Duty at Yorktown till May, 1864.