2nd Infantry Regiment United States Colored Troops Living History Association

ABOUT US

The 2nd Infantry Regiment United State Colored Troops Living History Association was established in partnership with the John G. Riley Center and Museum of African American History and Culture and the Natural Bridge Historical Society to represent the 2nd and 99th Regiments of the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.) who fought at the Battle of Natural Bridge.  The story of these brave soldiers and the civilians that supported them had gone untold for more than the 33 years of reenacting the Battle of Natural Bridge.  The participation of the Association assures a more authentic and accurate account of the battle as it occurred on March 6, 1865.  Since its inception in February 2010, the Association has expanded its role to include year-round educational, cultural and historical programming.  Our membership reflects men, women and children, from various walks of life who have come together to promote the African-American perspective of the Civil War. 

 

OUR MISSION

To Preserve, Protect, Educate, Promote, and Interpret the accomplishments of the original soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Regiment USCT , their families, and the countless others who supported the fight for freedom for all Americans.

 

OUR MOTTO

Reenacting the Past with Hope of Shaping the Future

 

SERVICES

Battle Reenactments  -  Living History Demonstrations  -  Lectures

Research  -  Educational Programming

The 2nd Infantry Regiment United States Colored Troops was organized from June 20 to November 11, 1863, at Arlington, Virginia.  Though the regiment was accredited to the District of Columbia, it's ranks were filled by men from the District, Virginia and Maryland.  A full one fifth of the regiment was from Maryland.

After it's organization and training at Camp Casey in Arlington, the 2nd U.S.C.T. was ordered to the department of the Gulf in December of 1863.  It's route to Louisiana was in no way a direct one.  The regiment first moved to Washington, moved to New York by rail, and was then transported to New Orleans by steamer.

The 2nd U.S.C.T. was attached to the District of Key West, Florida, Department of of the Gulf, in February, 1864, and saw duty in New Orleans and Ships Island, Mississippi.  In May the unit also participated in an attack on Confederate fortifications at Tampa, resulting in the destruction of the Confederate positions. The 2nd participated in several operation along Florida's west coast between July 1st and 31st, 1864; including raids from Fort Myers to Bayport, and from Cedar Key to St. Andrew's Bay.  During the St. Andrew's Bay expedition the 2nd skirmished with Confederate troops on the 18th of July.

 In January, 1865 several companies participated in the   defense of Fort Myers.  From February through March, several companies served at Fort Myers and Punta Rosa.   Several companies served aboard the steamships Magnolia and Honduras and embarked on operations in the vicinity of St.Marks, February 21-March 7;  East River   Bridge, March 4-5; Newport Bridge, March 5-6; and Natural Bridge, March 6 .

The unit mustered out January 5, 1866.   The Regiment suffered 173 casualties:  3 officers and 24 enlisted men ,killed and mortally wounded;  and 11 officers and 135 enlisted men, lost to disease.