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First Michigan Colored Regiment

 
 
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By Al Barrera, December 31, 2008
1. First Michigan Colored Regiment Marker
Inscription.  The First Michigan Colored Regiment was organized at Camp Ward, which originally stood at this location. Formed from August through October 1863, a year of draft riots and protests against the war, this Negro regiment consisted entirely of volunteers. During training, a regimental band was formed and toured southern Michigan to recruit additional volunteers. Mustered here as the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops, February 17, 1864, the 900-man unit left Detroit March 28, 1864 for service in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. More than 1,400 men served in the regiment during 19 months in the field; ten percent of this number died in service. The regiment was disbanded in October 1865, in Detroit.
 
Erected 1977. (Marker Number S0288.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 17, 1970.
 
Location. 42° 20.67′ N, 83° 1.392′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County
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By Al Barrera, December 31, 2008
2. First Michigan Colored Regiment Marker
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. Marker can be reached from Macomb Street, 0.1 miles east of Chene Street, on the right when traveling south. Located behind Duffield School. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); WGPR-TV (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. John's Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Michigan's Oldest Jewish Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Players (approx. half a mile away); The Battle of Bloody Run (approx. half a mile away); St. Joseph's Parish (approx. 0.7 miles away); Black Bottom (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battles the First Michigan (102nd US CT) Fought.
 
Additional keywords. USCT
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,602 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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