2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 15, 2021 10:55 AM by Rebecca Brown

    Seeking photos of 127th Infantry, US Colored Troops


      I am seeking a photo or photos of the 127th Infantry, USCT  that trained at Camp William Penn in 1864. It mustered out in September 1865. My ggg grandfather, Jordan Cavanaugh, served with this Infantry.

        • Re: Seeking photos of 127th Infantry, US Colored Troops
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Neal,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Regimental and Company Books of Civil War Volunteer Union Organizations, 1861 - 1867 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that includes the file unit Regimental and Company Books of the 127th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry Regiment. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We also located 68 series of Civil War photographs in various record groups that may include  photographs of the 127th. Some of the series have been digitized and available using the Catalog. For access to the non-digitized photographs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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          • Re: Seeking photos of 127th Infantry, US Colored Troops
            Rebecca Brown Adventurer

            The 127th was located at Camp William Penn, in a suburb of Philadelphia named La Mott, This community is located in Cheltenham, PA/Montgomery County. The Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott are very active in documenting the USCT from this camp.


            Donald Scott, Sr. published a book about Camp William Penn. It is an Arcadia Press Publication.


            Also, the battle flag for the 127th was painted by David Bustill Bowser. This flag was sold in 2019 for $196,800.00.

            Bowser painted 11 battle flags for Pennsylvania regiments. Pictures of his flags and the USCT Regiments can be found in "Advance The Colors!: Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags, vol.1.


            In the Winter 2014 issue of Military Images, on pages 16-18 are 18 tintypes of African American soldiers  who served in the 25th regiment, company G. They were also located at camp William Penn. These pics were kept by the Captain of the company, a man by the name of William G. Prickitt. Listed below are last names.

            Morris - Davis - Sorden - Tennant - Short - Mitchell - Tall (2 pics) - Wilson - Walls -Hovington - Washington - Frister - Spurrier - Johnson - White - Unidentified.


            The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, PA, Spring & Fall 1994, Vol. XXIX, Nos. 2 & 3 is dedicated to "Citizen Soldiers of Color". An excellent publication for it lists names, professions, history, etc. of African American Civil War Solders living in Montgomery County. I didn't see your relative listed.