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African American Draytons in the United States Colored Troops

Here are records of African American Draytons who fought on the Union side in the Civil War in the United States Colored Troops. Many if most would have been escaped or freed slaves. Those in the 21st USCT would have been slaves on Thomas Fenwick Drayton’s Fish Haul Plantation on Hilton Head, which was liberated in 1862. It seems to me that names which crop in the same troop must have a family connection. From that it may very well be possible to ascertain where they lived. The 34th marched into Charleston on the day of its liberation in February 1864. The troop was also involved in the unsuccessful siege of Fort Wagner, located outside Charleston, gaining honours in their sacrifice. The action inspired the movie, “Glory”.

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