On the southeast corner of the Capitol grounds, more hidden than the other three, is a realistic sculpture of a Michigan soldier -- but not just any infantryman. In October 1915, a half-century after the War and after the Legislature authorized this regiment's vets to locate a monument to their unit, they dedicated it after raising the funds themselves. From all over Michigan they had been recruited, and it was fitting and proper that they should be remembered on the grounds of the State's house. Mustered in on July 7, 1863, the regiment saw action out west in defending against Morgan's Raid, then made their way east where they fought at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg (credited as first to enter the city after its fall; see the second pic), and others. The inscription on the back states that total enrollment was 981, of which 113 were killed or died of wounds, 41 died as POWs, 109 died of disease, 353 were discharged for wounds and disability, leaving 365 to be mustered out on August 7, 1865.
The monument features a solitary representative of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters in pose. Thankfully, no legislators or staffers walked in his line of sight while I was there. Other Michigan regiments included sharpshooter units, but this was the only one from the State dedicated to the tactic.