a rare g.a.r. survivor's reunion flag for the 5th regiment. The regiment was formed as the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Delaware, Ohio. It was re-designated the 5th Regiment, United States Colored Troops, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, in November 1863, immediately after three months of organization. It served at Norfolk and Portsmouth in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina until January 1864, during which time the unit participated in Brigadier General Edward A. Wild's expedition to South Mills and Camden Court House, North Carolina, from December 5 to December 24 and in action at Sandy Swamp, North Carolina, on December 8. The 5th subsequently saw action with Wistar's Expedition against Richmond, and participated in the capture of City Point, Virginia, Bailor's Farm, Richmond-Peterburg, and the Battles of Chaffin's Farm, where four soldier of the 5th received medals of honor. The 5th was mustered out on September 20, 1865 after two years of existence. The regiment lost a total of 249 men during its service; four officers and 77 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded and two officers and 166 enlisted men died of disease.
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