31st Infantry, US Colored Troops
The organization of this regiment was commenced under Col. Henry C. Ward, at Hart's Island, New York harbor, April 29, 1864, and completed in the field of Virginia, November 14, 1864; it was mustered in the United States service for three years; the 30th Conn. Colored Volunteers, while in process of organization, were merged into this regiment May 18, 1864.
The regiment served in the Middle Department until April, 1864; in the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 9th Corps, to November, 1864; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 25th Corps, to April, 1865; in the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 10th Corps, to August, 1865; and in the District of New Berne, N. C., until it was honorably discharged and mustered out, November 7, 1865.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 2 officers, 35 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 1 officer, 19 enlisted men; of disease, 1 officer, 100 enlisted men; by accidents, 3 enlisted men; drowned, 3 enlisted men; murdered, 1 enlisted man; of sunstroke, 1 enlisted man; of causes not stated, 15 enlisted men; total, 4 officers, 177 enlisted men; aggregate, 181; of whom 5 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.