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The U.S. War department has
always pursued a policy of tagging racial organizations.
The nomenclature for 
World War II disignated:

  • Army units as #2
  • Air Force units as F


    The Civil War had given
    birth to the notion; ordinal numbers were used to indicate colored. Many early colored units were organized, then assigned as State or Corp d'Afrique.

    Later, they were redesignated, after the establishment of the Bureau of  Colored Troops, May 22, 1863 under General Order No 143, by order of the Secretary of War. The 1st
    Regimental Kentucky, Heavy Artillery, African Descent 7th CFA H was
    organized. The final designation: 8th US
    Colored Field Artillery H.
    Source: John R. Trowbridge

Four regiments maintained State designation throughout the war:
  • 54th Massachusetts Volunteers 
  • 55th Massachusetts Volunteers 
  • 5th Massachusetts  Calvary 
  • 29th Massachusetts Infantry 
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8th Ky USCT Regiment Roster
The 8th Regiment was organized at Paducah, Ky., April 26, 1864, 
attached to the District of Columbus, Ky., 16th Corps. Dept. of the state of Tennessee, to August 1864, Paducah, Ky. Dept. of the Ohio, to February 1865, Dept. of Kentucky to February 1866.
Garrison duty at Paducah, Ky., till February, 1866. Operation against Forest in Kentucky, March 16 to April 14, 1865. Action at Fort Anderson, Paducah, Ky., March 25, 1864, Expedition from Paducah, Ky. ,to Haddix Ferry July 26-27 1864.
Haddix Ferry, Ky was the location. The regiment was mustered outFebruary 10, 1866. Location | Top
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July 17, 1998
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