Charlie and John Moore papers  1839-1864
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Moore, John

Rank : Pvt.; Capt.

Regiment : 12th Connecticut Infantry Regiment (1862-1865)United States. Army--Infantry Regiment (Colored), 99th (1864-1866)

Service : 1862 January-?

Moore, Charlie

Rank : Unknown

Regiment : United States. Army--Infantry Regiment (Colored), 99th (1864-1866)

Service : Unknown

Charlie and John Moore appear to have been cousins who lived in or near Hartford, Connecticut, and had parallel careers in the Civil War military. In 1864, both men received captains' commissions in the 5th Engineers, Corps d'Afrique (later designated the 99th U.S. Colored Infantry), which was raised in southern Louisiana.

The 99th Colored Infantry participated in Nathaniel Banks' Red River Expedition, where they performed a critical role in constructing bridges and fortifications, after which they were stationed near Morganza and New Orleans. Late in the year, the 99th Infantry, still performing engineering duties, was transferred to Key West, Florida, where they participated in several engagements, including the Battle of Natural Bridge in April, 1865.