1st Regiment,Michigan Volunteer Infantry (Colored)

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

 The 1st Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry (Colored) was organized at Detroit, Michigan, August, 1863, to February, 1864. It was mustered in February 17, 1864 . It was mustered out September 30, 1865 at Charleston, South Carolina. [1]  On 23 May 1864 this regiment was redesignated the 102nd Regiment United States Colored Troops. A brief history of this regiment appear in wikipedia, "102nd Regiment United States Colored Troops"

For a history of this regiment see Michigan in the Civil War Website which gives a brief history, places served, battles fought, commanders and company rosters.

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company A - Many men from  Wayne County - see Roster
Company B - Many men from Wayne County, Cass County, and Kalamazoo County - see Roster
Company C - Many men from Wayne County and Kalamazoo County - see Roster
Company D - Many men from Wayne County - see Roster
Company E - Many men from Wayne County - see Roster
Company F - Many men from Wayne County, Cass County, and Kalamazoo County - see Roster
Company G - Many men from Wayne County and Kalamazoo County - see Roster
Company H - Many men from Wayne County - see Roster
Company I - Many men from Wayne County - see Roster
Company K - Many men from Wayne County and Yipsilanti County - see Roster
Unassigned Company - Many men from Wayne County and Kalamazoo County - see Roster
See Rosters, as there were men from many different Counties in these Companies




Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Hine, Darlene Clark, and Earnestine Jenkins. "A Question of Manhood: A Reader in U.S. Black Men's History and Masculinity"  (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999). Googlebooks Other Libraries
  • Sleight, William E., David D. Anderson, and Jno Robertson. "Lieutenant William E. Sleight and the 102nd Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry, in the Civil War"  (East Lansing, Mich: Midwestern Press, the Center for the Study of Midwestern Literature and Culture, 2003). 
    Other libraries 
  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Michigan in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Michigan in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Michigan, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Michigan Civil War Website, [1] Michigan in the civil War 1861-1865 Presented by Don Harvey (accessed 2 March 2011).