Giles Moore enlistment agreement in the Union army

Giles Moore enlistment agreement in the Union army

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Moore, Giles
Title: Giles Moore enlistment agreement in the Union army
Dates: 1863 August 19
Quantity: 0.06 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1501 to MS 1506)
Coll. Number: ms1502(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Giles Moore was a former African American slave in the Cherokee Nation who enlisted with the Union Army in August, 1863 as a member of the 2nd Regiment of Kansas Colored Volunteers (better known as the 2nd Kansas Infantry (Colored)). He was 35 years old and may have been illiterate, reflected by his signature of an "X".

Organized at Fort Scott, Kansas, the 2nd Kansas Infantry (Colored) mustered in by individual companies beginning in August 1863 at Fort Scott and completed muster-in at Fort Smith, Arkansas on November 1, 1863 under the command of Colonel Samuel Johnson Crawford. The Infantry were on duty in Fort Smith, Arkansas from October 1863 to March 1864, saw action in Baxter Springs, Arkansas, and participated in Steele's Expedition to Camden and other expeditions to Prairie D'Ann and Jenkins' Ferry before returning to duty at Fort Smith until December 1864. According to extant records 71 men were lost in battle.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a printed agreement (completed in manuscript) in which Giles Moore, previously a slave in the Cherokee Nation, enlists in the 2nd Regiment of Kansas Colored Volunteers. Moore was 35 years old and the document bears his "X" mark signature.

Index Terms

Cherokee Nation--History.
Ex-slaves of Indian tribes--Kansas--History.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Army. -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
United States. Army. Kansas Infantry Regiment, 2nd. -- History

General Notes

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Giles Moore enlistment agreement in the Union army, MS 1502. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Enlistment agreement, 1863 August 19 View online.