The 28 men in this picture are from Company E, 4th United States Colored Infantry. They were one of the detachments assigned to guard the Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War. Here they are photographed with their rifles at Fort Lincoln (now the Fort Lincoln neighborhood) on November 17th, 1865. The 4th United States Colored Infantry was one of the 175 regiments that comprised the United States Colored Troops which first started recruiting in 1863. By the end of the Civil War, the United States Colored Troops constituted almost one-tenth of the Union Army.
Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, 1865
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