|Three of the 100+ Union
regiments and other units that trained or were housed on Hart and Rikers
Islands at various times during the Civil War were USCTs: the 20th, 26th,
& the 31st. Rikersí 20th showed bravery in
Battle for Port Hudson, La.† Rikersí 26th
saw fierce action in S.C. Hart Islandís 31st helped
cut off the retreat by Gen. Leeís forces at Appomattox, ending the war.
|The Hart Island photo is
a NYC Dept. of Correction (NYC DOC) photo in the archives managed by the NY
Correction History Society. All rights retained by and reserved to NYC DOC.
The Rikers Island pre-landfill image is based on a detail from an 19th
century marine navigation map.