Deposition
[John Mills]

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Title

Deposition
[John Mills]
John Mills was nineteen years old, 5’7” tall, from St. Augustine, FL when he mustered into the United States Colored Troops, 33rd Regiment, Company F on November 12, 1862 in Beaufort, SC as a Sergeant. His wife was Selina Mills. He was reduced to ranks then deserted August 04, 1863 and died a deserter August 23, 1863 on Coosaw Island, South Carolina and was buried there.

Subject

James Brown likely employed code-switching during his deposition interview, a tactic which may have meant subjecting himself to prejudice while simultaneously disproving or refusing that prejudice:

“I served in Co F 33 U.S.C.T. I enlisted April 19, 1863 and was discharged on Feby 8, 1866 at Charleston S.C. When I joined the above company at Camp Mills near Beaufort SC I first met John Mills who was a serg’t in the Co.”

Description

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Creator

James Brown
USCT 33rd Regiment, Company F

Source

University of North Florida Special Collections, Jacksonville, FL

Publisher

Flagler College

Date

08/26/1893

Contributor

Diana Blood,
Lewis Blood,
Peter Johnson,
Bristow (?) Eddy,
Domingo "Mingo"? Norman,
Mary F------ (?),
Abram Lancaster,
John Williams,
Frank Johnson,
John Rivers,
Benjamin Martin,
William Benjamin,
Jack Toomer,
Toby McKnight,
Frederick Fripp (?),
Edmond Washington

Identifier

Box 4, Folder 13

Citation

James Brown and USCT 33rd Regiment, Company F, “Deposition
[John Mills],” Resilience: Black Heritage in St. Augustine, accessed June 17, 2024, https://blackheritagestaugustine.omeka.net/items/show/54.

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