"HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH,
In the Field, Folly Island, S. C., December 14, 1863.
Hon. E. M. STANTON,
...I will add that the nomenclature of these regiments is not a mat-
ter to which I attach very much importance. It has been suggested
to me that they be added to the organization of United States colored
troops, inasmuch as the men composing them are drawn from dif-
ferent States, and it is urged that the present designation seriously
interferes with recruiting in Florida and Georgia.
If the above proposition be approved, I respectfully request that
authority may be granted me to carry it into effect, and that any
new regiments of colored troops that may be raised in this depart-
ment be designated as United States colored troops, with their appro-
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Q. A. GILLMORE,
Major- Ueneral, Commanding."
It looks like the 29th Connecticut Inf., 54th Mass. Inf., 55th Mass. Inf., and 5th Mass. Colored Cav. are the only USCT units to keep their State designations throughout the war.