On February 17, 1864, the First Michigan Michigan Colored Infantry was mustered into service during the Civil War and fought with distinction in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.. The unit was later renamed the 102nd Regiment United State Colored Troops
1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry (colored). Later renamed 102nd Unites States Colored Troops (1863-1865.
For more information about Samuel Lett and the 102nd Regiment United States Colored Troops, see Bob Garrett, “…With the Greatest Determination…”, Archives of Michigan, February 15, 2011.
Click here for a photograph of the 1st Michigan Colored Infantry Historical Marker in Detroit with accompanying article.
More information about the 1st Michigan Colored Regiment / 102nd Regiment United States Colored Troops posted by the South Adams Street circa 1900 facebook page,:
“All Men Are Born Free And Equal, To Realize Which We Fight.” was emblazoned on the battle flag of the 1st Michigan Colored Regiment / 102nd United States Colored Troops (1st Michigan Colored Regiment) during the Civil War when they arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in April, 1864.