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29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS719f

Scope and Content

This collection consists of several records maintained by the quartermaster of the regiment, including a requisition for forage, lists of clothing, camp, and garrison equipment received by officers, and inventory and inspection reports on clothing and equipment that was "worn out in public service" and discarded. The collection contains a published copy of General Orders #4 from Headquarters, United States Colored Troops, that describes the correct way to administer an oath at courts martial. Also included is a published copy of General Orders #62 from the Adjutant General's Office of the War Department that codifies regulations pertaining to pensions and bounties received by African American soldiers.


  • 1864-1866


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The 29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was a regiment of African American soldiers that mustered into Union service in March of 1864. They were ordered to Beaufort, South Carolina, in April and spent four months training there. The unit was involved in a number of engagements including the Battle of New Market Heights, Virginia, on 29 September 1864, and the occupation of Richmond, Virginia, in April 1865. Soldiers from the 29th were the first Union troops to enter the city after Confederate troops evacuated it. From late April through May of 1865, the 29th Regiment guarded Confederate prisoners of war at Point Lookout, Maryland. The unit was deployed to Texas briefly before mustering out in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 15, 1865.

Gordon W. Stewart (1837-?) enlisted on 22 May 1861 and was commissioned an officer in Company H of the 29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry on 8 March 1864. He served as acting regimental quartermaster and was promoted to full captain on 12 May 1865. Stewart mustered out of service on 24 October 1865. He was married to Ella L. Stewart in approximately 1892. Additional biographical information is not available.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1999

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.

29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry collection
Sue VerHoef
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305