Michigan's Volunteer Negro Soldiers

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At this late date it is not generally known how many Michigan Negroes volunteered their services to the Government in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865, and it will be of interest, no doubt, to learn that more than 1,600 of Michigan’s Colored population, in 1864, enlisted in the Union Army to aid in crushing the Rebellion. Troops had been tendered to the Government and had been refused, and it was not until late in the war that Colored men were accepted as defenders of the nation.

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