United States Colored Troops

23 May

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the United States Colored Troops Fold3.com has announced that they have finished digitizing all records related to the USCT. From May 22 to 31, the digital collection of the USCT Service Records will be free on www.Fold3.com. After that, you will need a subscription to access Fold3, or you can use a computer in any National Archives facility nationwide to access these records for free.

What types of records can you find in the USCT digital collection?

Manumission Papers

Oaths of Allegiance

Proof of Ownership

Bills of Sale

Abstracts of a soldier’s service


Payrolls Records

Prison Registers and Rolls

Parole Rolls

Inspection Reports


Unique to my own family genealogy I found a record of the slaveholder who owned my family.

Major Gilliland USCT Record

Major Gilliland USCT Record

I covered this story in more detail on my other blog http://distanthistory.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/major-gilden-mystery-solved/

So what are you waiting for? Check the records out if you know that you have a member of your family that was a member of the USCT. If you find information about previous slaveholders or even photographs please do share!


– Tiffany


4 Responses to “United States Colored Troops”

  1. annese ashton May 23, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    I have the complete military file on Major Gilleland/Gildon/Bates who was a brother to Robert/Bob Bates/ Gildon, the Clays direct ancestral line. You can make a copy.



    • Tiffany May 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks for commenting and offering to make me a copy of his file.

    • William Carson January 15, 2017 at 1:09 am #

      I just saw this comment. Would you be so kind to to send me your file? Robert Gildon is my 3rd Great Grandparent


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