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56th United States Colored Infantry collection

56th United States Colored Infantry collection

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Finding aid for the 56th United States Colored Infantry collection

BC.MSS.13.50

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

November 17, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: 56th United States Colored Infantry collection
Dates: 1865
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a certificate of pay received by Lieutenant W. O. Kretzinger [aka Kretsinger] of the 56th United States Colored Infantry.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.50
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is contained in two files.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains a certificate of pay received by Lieutenant W. O. Kretzinger [aka Kretsinger] of the 56th United States Colored Infantry.


Historical Information

The 56th United States Colored Infantry was one of seven Arkansas units made up of African American enlisted men. The units were part of the Bureau of Colored Troops established in May 1863 and were commanded by white officers appointed to them. First designated the 3rd Arkansas Infantry (African Descent), the unit was assigned to the 7th Corps of the Union Army and assigned to garrison and guard duty at Helena.

In March 1864, the unit was re-organized and designated as the 56th United States Colored Infantry. The unit took part in the Action at Wallace's Ferry in July 1864 and other expeditions in eastern Arkansas. It was mustered out in September 1866.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Bentzoni, Charles, 1830-1907
Helena (Ark.) -- History
Kretsinger, William O., 1841-1917
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 3rd. (African Descent)
United States. Army. Colored Infantry Regiment, 56th.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

56th United States Colored Infantry collection, MSS.13.50, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, August 11, 2013


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