Organized at New Orleans, La., October 8, 1863. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Corps de Afrique, Dept. of the Gulf, to October, 1863. Unattached 2nd Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to April, 1864.
SERVICE.--Rio Grande Expedition, and operations on the coast of Texas October 27-December 2, 1863. At Brazos Island, Brownsville and Point Isabel, Texas, until April, 1864. Designation of Regiment changed to 87th United States Colored Troops April 4, 1864.