Organized at Port Hudson, La., August 31, 1863. Attached to Ullman's Brigade, Corps de Afrique, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Corps de Afrique, to April, 1864.
SERVICE.--Garrison duty at Port Hudson, La., until April, 1864. Skirmish at Vidalia February 7, 1864. Designation of Regiment changed to 79th United States Colored Troops April 4, 1864.