Today in Michigan History

September 30, 1865

The First Michigan Colored Infantry headed home.

The 102nd U.S. Colored Troop (formerly the First Michigan Colored Infantry) was mustered out of federal service in Charleston, South Carolina. In eighteen months of service, Michigan’s only African American regiment suffered losses of 11 killed in action and 129 who died from diseases.

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