Renowned. This word is used in a source used by Al Mackey at https://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/the-22nd-usct-enters-richmond/ Let’s take a look at the defination
1. having a widespread, esp good, reputation; famous
Now that we have a clear meaning of the word let’s take a few other facts into consideration of this renowned unit.
I did a search of the Official Records for the 22nd/Twenty Second USCT? United States Colored Troops. Using these search features I got all sorts of hits including dates and Confederate units. The most hits I got for the 22nd USCT was in organizational reports of the Union army. If I am not mistaken there only one insignificant entry for this unit. Now I admit I could have missed something important, but that info just didn’t pop up in my search. I am just saying a RENOWNED unit should get a little more mention in the ORs.
I then went to Mackey’s other sources of information he had posted. Starting at the bottom of the list with —
Title: History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5; prepared in compliance with acts of the legislature, by Samuel P. Bates.
Author: Bates, Samuel P. (Samuel Penniman), 1827-1902.
Looking at the page I see that the 22nd was engaged at various locations. In an effort to find more information about this unit I chose to use the most unique search term that was available, that being Chapin’s farm. Guess what there is no Chapin’s farm shown in the ORs. Oh my goodness!!!!
Mackey’s next source gets me to http://www.usct.org/22dinfantryregiment/22dinfantryregiment.htm. All right some meat to sink our teeth into. We are gonna see a real bonafied RENOWNED unit in action. As I looked at the list of engagements, I noticed Chapin’s Farm had became Caffin’s Farm or New Market. Well I zeroed in on Caffin’s Farm and guess what I got one hit. One. It was after action report of losses. Needless to say, after spending a couple of hours wading through the jungle of OR hits or misses whichever pleases you, I was exhausted. I up and quit. yep this RENOWNED unit is well hidden in the annuals of history.
So what we see is a unit formed in 1864, fought in some of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the war in a little over a year only lost 72men officer and enlisted in battle. Foxes Regt. losses found athttp://civilwarhome.com/chapt6.html only mentions the 22nd USCT once and gives the losses at 14. Not much for a RENOWNED unit. Looks like you have a choice of sources.
So what does this show us? It shows that Mackey is just posting anything he can find on the web to promote the Unions illegal war on the South. This history has not proven to be accurate. These are sources Mackey’ uses he is the ‘historian.” I am just a researcher