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