24th Regiment
United States Colored Troop

This regiment was principally recruited in the eastern section of Pennsyll vania, and was organized at Camp William Penn, on the 17th of February, 1865, with the following field officers:
  • Orlando Brown, Colonel
  • James M. Trippe, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Robert E. Stewart, Major
A large proportion of the commissioned officers had previously been in the service.

Early in May, the regiment proceeded to Washington, and was placed in Camp Casey, on the Virginia side of the Potomac, opposite the city. On the 1st of June, it was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland, where it was employed in guarding rebel prisoners.

About the middle of July, it was ordered to Richmond, Virginia, and after a delay of two weeks, was assigned to duty in the sub-district of the Roanoke, comprising six counties, with headquarters at Burkesville. Posts were established at each county-seat, where government supplies were distributed to the needy inhabitants, and the troops,were employed in preserving order. The regiment continued in this duty until near the close of September, when it was ordered to Richmond, and on the 1st of October, was mustered out of service.

Source:    Bates, Samuel P. History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, Harrisburg, 1868-1871.

Organization:

Organized at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, Pa., January 30 to March 30, 1865.

Service:

Moved to Washington, D.C., May 5, and duty at Camp Casey till June 1.
At Point Lookout, Md., guarding prisoners till July 16.
Moved to Richmond, Va., and duty in Sub-District of Roanoke,
Headquarters at Burkesville, till September.
Moved to Richmond, Va., and there mustered out October 1, 1865.

Source:  Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies, Reports of he Adjutant Generals of the Several States, the Army Registers, and Other Reliable Documents and Sources.  Des Moines, Iowa: The Dyer Publishing Company, 1908

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