Fold3 in partnership with the National Archives has recently finished scanning and publishing the complete set of compiled military service records of the United States Colored Troops which consists of over 3.6 million images.
On facebook, you will also find the Page United States Colored Troops (USCT) Headstone Project which collects photos of headstones of those served in the USCT.
The photo of James H Ford, Sergeant, 119 U.S. Colored Infantry was supplied by Amy Johnson Crow. On Fold3, we learn he was 24 when in enlisted on April 14, 1865 for 3 years in Boone County, North Carolina and was born in Cumberland, Virginia.
James was 5 foot 9 inches tall with black eyes and black hair. He was appointed to corporal in May and promoted to sergeant in July of 1865.
Even if you do not have a soldier in this collection, it is a fascinating bit of history to browse through. And if you are wandering a cemetery, as we genealogists tend to do, and find a member of the United States Colored troops, take a photo and add it to the USCT headstone project.
This collection is free until May 31st on Fold3. Read more: USCT Service Records Complete through the 138th Infantry — Free through May 31st.