I published a slightly different version of this article in "The Bugle - The Journal of the National Infantry Association" in 2011. Thanks to my friend Doug Cubbison who did most of primary research for this article.
|COLONEL THOMAS F. MORGAN|
The Confederate Army encircled the town on October 26, 1864 with 39,000 troops. Rifle fire and artillery crashed for three days in a Rebel effort to destroy the garrison and force a crossing of the river. The Federals held their ground behind their earthworks, but the artillery fire became unbearable. Six Confederate guns near the river were especially effective. The Union commander sent a message to the 14th USCT, who occupied that part of the line, to silence the Rebel guns. The former slaves would have to cross 450 yards of open ground, directly into the fire of the six cannon. COL Morgan remembered “They manifested no undue excitement or fear, but seemed anxious for the work.”
|Captain Henry Romeyn later won the Medal of Honor in 1877|
during the Indian Wars.
|An unidentified African American soldier of the USCT|