The 28th Regiment USCT Marker stands to designate where six companies organized and activated in April of 1864. Half of the men were killed or wounded at the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Virginia. Two years later the 28th returned to Indianapolis to be discharged.
In November of 1863, Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton was
authorized to compile a regiment of African Americans. After the Battle of the
Crater, the 28th’s troops were replenished by four companies raised
in and sent from Indiana. The marker was erected in 2005 by Indiana Historical
Bureau, Indiana War Memorials Commission, Andrew & Esther Bowman, and
African American Landmarks Committee of Historic Landmarks Foundation of
Indiana, Inc. (Marker Number 49.2004.5.)
A study of the 28th USCT allows
historians to see how the role of the African American Troops helped determine
the outcome of the battles that they fought.
They were also able to determine the social conditions of the men of the
28th USCT among free blacks living in Indiana, Maryland and