24th U.S. Colored Troops



Field & Staff

Organized at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, Pa., January 30 to March 30, 1865. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 5, and duty at Camp Casey until June 1. At Point Lookout, Md., guarding prisoners until July 16, Moved to Richmond, Va., and duty in Sub-District of Roanoke, Headquarters at Burkesville, until September. Moved to Richmond, Va., and there mustered out October 1, 1865.

This regiment was principally recruited in the eastern section of Pennsylvania, 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.

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Source for history & rosters: History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers 1861-1865; prepared in Compliance With Acts of the Legislature, by Samuel P. Bates, A Member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Volume V, Harrisburg: B. Singerly, State Printer. 1871.