Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The Eighth United States Colored Troops-- Part 1: Oliver Norton Was a Lieutenant in This Unit
In the last post, I mentioned that Oliver Willcox Norton the man given credit of playing "Taps" for the first time, was a lieutenant in the 8th United State Colored Troops (USCT). Many white enlisted soldiers and officers saw that commanding in the black units was a chance to be officers and so many volunteered for this service.
The first action this unit saw was at the Battle of Olustee in Florida and despite not being trained yet for battle, they exhibited great courage.
From the Battle of Olustee.org.
This regiment was in Hawley's Third Brigade at the Battle of Olustee. This was a new unit and completely untrained for combat, having been organized between September 1863 and January 1864 at Camp William Penn near Philadelphia.
Several companies were also raised at Wilmington and Seaford, Delaware.