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Union Regimental Histories
United States Colored Troops Infantry
Organized March 11, 1864, from 2nd Tennessee Infantry (African Descent). Attached to District of Memphis, Tenn., 16th Corps. Dept. of Tennessee, to June, 1864. 1st Colored Brigade, Memphis, Tenn., District of West Tennessee, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, United States Colored Troops, District of Morganza, Dept. of the Gulf, to April, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of West Florida, to June, 1865. Dept. of Alabama to December, 1865.
SERVICE.--Post and garrison duty at Memphis, Tenn., until July, 1864. Smith's Expedition to Tupelo, Miss., July 5-21. Camargo's Cross Roads July 13. Tupelo July 14-15. Old Town Creek July 15. Smith's Expedition to Oxford, Miss., August 1-30. Repulse of Forest's attack on Memphis, Tenn., August 21. Near Memphis August 24. Eastport October 10. Moscow Station December 2-3. Duty at Memphis until February, 1865. Ordered to New Orleans, La., February 23; thence to Morganza, La. Ordered to Barrancas, Fla., March 17. Ordered to Blakely, Ala., April 15. Duty there and in the District of Alabama until December. Mustered out December 30, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 37 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 316 Enlisted men by disease. Total 356.
39TH MISSISSIPPI INFANTRY REGIMENT,CSA
| BRIEF HISTORY: The 39th was enlisted for three years or the war,had it's rendezvous at Jackson,and was organized May 13,1862.Winchester Bledsoe Shelby,of Brandon,being elected Colonel;William E.Ross,of Jackson Lieutenant-Colonel,and W.Monroe Quinn,of Pike County,Major.Corinth was at the time occupied by the Army under General Beauregard,invested by the army under General Halleck which took possession May 30,upon the withdrawal of Beauregard to Tupelo. At about this time the 39th was sent to Greneda,where it became a part of the brigade of General John B.Villepigue, who had just been associated with the Mississippi troops at Pensacola,and had just returned from gallant service at Memphis. June 12,1862 Gen. Villepigue,and the regiment,advanced,unarmed except for 41 defective flint-lock muskets. When Villepigue was ordered with his brigade to Vicksburg, June 23 1862,it was directed that Col. Shelby's Regiment ( the 39th) should remain under the command of Col. W.H. Jackson,to protect the northern border.
Company I,Capt. Randel,was part of the command of Gen. M.L. Smith at Vicksburg,during the bombardments of May 20 to July 27,1862. This company was with the troops that Gen. Breckenridge took to Camp Moore La,immediately after the failure of the Federal attack on Vicksburg, and in the attack on Baton Rouge,August 5,1862 was attached to the 4th Louisiana. Casualties, killed 1; wounded; 1. After the attack Gen. Breckenridge returned with his command to Jackson MS.
Dennis Carpenter served as the rank of Private in World War I. His military service was between April 1, 1918 until July 14, 1919. Dennis was the son of Haywood Carpenter and the brother of Gillie Carpenter-Leake.