August 12, 1863
The First Michigan Colored Infantry was authorized.
Henry Barnes, editor of the Detroit Advertiser and Tribune, received permission from Michigan adjutant general Jonathan Robertson to raise and organize a regiment of African Americans from the state of Michigan. The First Michigan Colored Infantry would go off to war in early 1864.
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