From Ohio History Central
This 5 by 6.75-inch (12.25 by 17-cm) photograph shows members of the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment recruited in Ohio during the Civil War. The regiment was formed in 1863, and was subsequently designated as the 5th Regiment, United States Colored Troops. The photograph was taken in Delaware, Ohio, on Sandusky Street near the Ft. Delaware Hotel. In May 1863, Massachusetts became the first state to organize a regiment of African Americans. Because Ohio did not then allow black men to join its regiments, many Ohioans enlisted in the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Regiments. In the summer of 1863, Ohio Governor David Tod authorized the recruitment of African Americans, and the 127th was formed in Delaware, Ohio, between August and November 1863 as an African American regiment organized under white officers.
Ohio Historical Society SC 1018, AL03355 from the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry - 5th United States Colored Troops Collection.
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