This month marks the 147th anniversary of one of Michigan’s greatest moments in the history of individual liberty. When the 1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry was recruited on Aug. 12, 1863, in light of the Emancipation Proclamation, giving blacks a chance to fight for liberty was a novelty. By the time the 1st Regiment returned in October 1865, however, the war was over, slavery had been abolished, and these brave black soldiers had proved their worth as free individuals.
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