US Colored Troops: E. Co. 125th

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Any Civil War experts out there?  Any idea what regiment this might refer to? I found it in the Freedman's bank record for George Rowley - an application from 1867.  https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NSYS-QQ7

It would be interesting to know if his first name really was Leigh as transcribed by FamilySearch (just 'George Rowley' in his signature and also in the Ancestry transcription), or whether that long ago notation is indicating rank, maybe Sgt or even Capt???

Also it would be interesting if pension records exist, and if they might help find his date of death and burial place...
WikiTree profile: George Rowley
in Genealogy Help by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Pilot (158k points)

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I added the 125th Regiment, US Colored Troops, Civil War category to George.  It does seem to fit since this unit was organized in Louisville, Kentucky.  I'm going to look for more information.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
I just did a search at https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm#sort=Last_Name+asc,First_Name+asc&q=rowley&fq%5B%5D=Side%3A%22Union%22&fq%5B%5D=State%3A%22United+States+Colored+Troops%22 and this is what I found:

Rowley, George, PVT, Company E, 37th Regt, USCT (Regt raised in NC)

Rolley, George, PVT, Company C, 120th Regt, USCT (Regt raised Henderson, KY)

Rowley, George, PVT, Company E, 39th Regt, USCT (Regt raised Baltimore, MD)

Rowley, George, PVT to SGT, Company C, 120th Regt, USCT (perhaps same as Rolley)

Also:

Booker Rowley, 13th Regt (Tennessee)

Isaac Rowley, 63rd Regt (Louisiana)

John Rowley, 43rd Regt (Philadelphia)

Nimrod Rowley, 20th Regt (NYC)

Ralph A. Rowley, 4th Regt (Baltimore)

William Rowley, 39th Regt (Baltimore)

Willis Rowley, 120th Regt (KY)
Thanks so much, Lucy!  His pension application provides the info that he was also in Company C, 120th regiment, so there he is twice on your list!  I wonder what he did to earn the promotion?
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I don't think that's Leigh, I think that's an abbreviation for Sergeant. If you look at the record to the left for "Albert" in 1854 on FamilySearch provided by the other WikiTree poster, you can see the "S" for "Single" looks the same as the "S" at the beginning of the word before George Rowley. I think it's an error in transcription. I'm going to check a few other sites for you and see what I can come up with.
by D Kenney G2G6 (9.6k points)
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I'm pretty sure I found him with rank of Sergeant. Give me a bit to get the photos cleaned up a bit.
by D Kenney G2G6 (9.6k points)
Thank you D Kenney!  Sure enough, George became a Sergeant! Thanks for all the amazing research!

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