We have a few left ... get your limited edition souvenir and contribute to the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial with a $30 donation (shipping included) -- no public moneys go to support this commemoration -- before they're gone for all time. Use the comment box to advise of your interest.
At the Israel B. Richardson Civil War Roundtable, Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 7:30 pm, at Rochester College (800 W. Avon Rd in Rochester Hills MI). "Look for us in one of the lecture halls (near flag poles and the atrium building)."
I passed this site, which has six stories that deserve notice:
Cherry Hill Cemetery, Wayne County, Michigan Union Civil War Veterans
Cherry Hill Cemetery South of Cherry Hill Road, on Ridge Road Canton Township, Michigan.
Contributed by Richard E. Carden, Commander, S.U.V.C.W. Camp 427, Dept. of Michigan [UA636@cs.com]. Total records = 6.
Comer, George, Co. C., 1st. Michigan Infantry, Born 1843. Residence listed as Washtenaw County, Michigan. Enlisted October 2, 1861 at Fort Wayne, Detroit. Wounded in action on August 30, 1862 at second Bull Run, Virginia. Discharged for wounds December 30, 1862. Holmes, William E., Co. H, 1st. Michigan Sharpshooters Husten, Dwight, Co. E., 16th Michigan Infantry, Born 1837, Plymouth, Michigan. Enlisted Aug. 18, 1861, for 3 years as corporal. Promoted to sergeant on Aug. 30, 1862. Died of disease September 20, 1862 at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. McDougall, John A., Co. E., 17th Michigan Infantry, Born in 1842. Residence listed as Superior, Michigan. Enlisted on August 9, 1862 at Ypsilanti, Michigan, as sergeant. Wounded in action September 14, 1862 at South Mountain, Maryland. Discharged for disability on February 2, 1864 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died in 1920. Newton, Steven, Co. D., 3rd Michigan Cavalry Tate, John, Co. G., 24th Michigan Infantry, Born in 1826, residence listed as Belleville, Michigan. Enlisted August 8, 1862 at Belleville as corporal. Killed August 30, 1863 at Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Though today began with rain, by 10 a.m. the sun broke out, and it was a beautiful day to dedicate the marker to Ypsi in the Civil War, and other stories, in historic Depot Town. The day -- ah yes, what an appropriate date, for 150 years ago President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. How appropriate to commemorate Michiganders who made that signal event possible.
A Michigan Historical Marker relating to the role of Ypsilanti MI in the Civil War will be dedicated tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 22, in Depot Town. One side is entitled "The Barracks" and the other "Ypsilanti in the Civil War."
The MI Historical Commission at its regular meeting yesterday approved 10 new markers; none is directly related to the Civil War. So, the point is this: it isn't every day that a Civil War Marker gets installed in Michigan, so don't miss the opportunity tomorrow morning! Coming during the Sesquicentennial, it is doubly awesome!!
It's truly an honor and privilege to speak to the hometown Abraham Lincoln Civil War Round Table of Plymouth MI tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at the Plymouth Township Hall. Excerpting from the newsletter:
Mr. Dempsey’s presentation will focus on the Michigan connections in the Antietam campaign of September 1862. He also intends to include highlights of the “Michigan Day at Antietam” commemoration of August 29, 2012 by the state’s Historical Commission.
If anyone is interested in getting one of the several available Antietam mementos -- the booklet with the Michigan at Antietam story, along with other materials from the Tribute ceremony and the day -- just email firstname.lastname@example.org and express your interest. Proceeds benefit the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial. The books are limited in number, so once they're gone ...
Hamburg Public Library, Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm
Jack will provide anecdotes of what took place this week 150 years ago in this area. Jack is chairman of the Michigan History Foundation and has been a history buff since he was a small child. Books will be available for purchase.
A recent newspaper article says that Americans aren't all that interested in the Flight 93 Memorial. Why? Well, there is still $5 million needed to complete it. Like many media stories, such a slant is, well, slanted. It also said that the multi-million dollar project has been financed mostly by individual Americans, not by other donors (like corporations). On the trip for the Michigan Day at Antietam the last weekend in August, we stopped at this most moving national park, off the beaten path near Shanksville PA, and found many visitors there that day, a parking lot with licenses from a number of States, and a hushed atmosphere -- like one would expect for a holy site.
Here, images are all that is needed to tell the underlying story of how ordinary people somehow did an extraordinary thing in defense of American democracry.
Do you think Facebook the best invention since pockets in pants or a collosal waste of time? Somewhere in between, like oatmeal ... with dried cherries? Well, today came this little ditty from the Stones River National Battlefield FB site, with a reenactor picture of a cannon being fired, all together doing a nice little job of teaching something ... if one is on FB to learn ...
From the album: Stones River Stories
By Stones River National Battlefield
The deadly fire of Battery A, First Michigan Artillery as they defended the Nashville Pike impressed Lt. Alfred Pirtle - "I never saw guns served as fast ... Before the the recoil was expended the gunners grasped the spokes and threw the pieces into position; ... the swab was run in, the handle turned, withdrawn, the charge sent home, and the gun fired."