Civil War colored troop artillery organization

I believe my great-grandfather James Williams was a recipient of the James Medal from the Battle if Newmarket Heights of September  29, 1864. Also,  he is listed in the Pension Index of Civil War soldiers. 1861-1934. Seeking verification and his possibly, his medal.

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    Thank you for posting your question to the History Hub!

    If you can provide more specific information about James Williams' mililtary service, including the USC Artillery unit in which he served, or the specific data from his Pension Index card, we can verify his service record information. We would recommend you respond directly to the Archives 1 Reference Branch (RR1R) at archives1reference@nara.gov . In regards to the Army of the James Medal, however, we unfortunately do not have any further information as it was not an official award or decoration authorized or issued by the War Department. It was, rather, a special medal commissioned directly by Gen. Benjamin F. Butler to honor the African American troops in his command for their gallantry, as you indicated, at the Battle of Newmarket Heights on September 29, 1864. We do not have any documentation as to who actually received the medal.

    We hope this information assists you with your research!

    Sincerely,
    Archives 1 Reference Branch
    [RR1R-24-44228-JD]

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  •  

    Thank you for posting your question to the History Hub!

    If you can provide more specific information about James Williams' mililtary service, including the USC Artillery unit in which he served, or the specific data from his Pension Index card, we can verify his service record information. We would recommend you respond directly to the Archives 1 Reference Branch (RR1R) at archives1reference@nara.gov . In regards to the Army of the James Medal, however, we unfortunately do not have any further information as it was not an official award or decoration authorized or issued by the War Department. It was, rather, a special medal commissioned directly by Gen. Benjamin F. Butler to honor the African American troops in his command for their gallantry, as you indicated, at the Battle of Newmarket Heights on September 29, 1864. We do not have any documentation as to who actually received the medal.

    We hope this information assists you with your research!

    Sincerely,
    Archives 1 Reference Branch
    [RR1R-24-44228-JD]

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