Nov. 3rd is the date, and 3:00 p.m. is the time, set aside for an event at the historical grave site of Civil War Gen. Israel Richardson in Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac. The ceremony honors the 150th anniversary of Richardson's death. See a brief video story here: Oakland Press
Today is the 201st anniversary of the birth of Michigan's first Governor, Stevens T. Mason. Thursday evening, a number of history enthusiasts gathered at Capitol Park to celebrate the forthcoming day along with the 175th year of Michigan Statehood, led by Detroit enthusiast and author Amy Elliott Bragg. Don Faber, author of a new bio on STM, also spoke. It was festive, especially given the 70+degree weather that evening, and the sun cast its light on the park in all its renovated beauty.
The Civil War Trust has just announced its latest battlefield preservation initiatives, and one includes land acquisition for a 12-acre parcel to add to the Sailor's Creek State Park, with more land protected by a conservation easement. A previous 35-acre parcel was added to the park for the site that was fought over by Colonel Peter Stagg's Michigan Cavalry Brigade. The Park is researching the unit's actions on April 6, 1865 -- if anybody knows of a good source, please provide a comment here.
The Michigan Historical Commission has appointed Brian James Egen as chairman of its Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.
The Committee aids the Commission in fulfilling its duties under law for Michigan's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Most recently, the Commission commemorated Michigan’s role at the Battle of Antietam, the Union victory that enabled issuance by Abraham Lincoln of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Egen is Program Development Officer for The Henry Ford in Dearborn. He is a lifelong student and public historian of the Civil War, a filmmaker, and consultant on numerous Civil War media productions. He lives in Monroe, the home of Michigan cavalry general George A. Custer.
Thursday October 11 6:30-8:00 pm Jack Dempsey, author of the 2012 Michigan Notable Book Michigan & the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice, will visit the library to discuss his book. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. All author proceeds are donated to Michigan's Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration.
The Library is located at 330 Family Drive, Milford, MI 48381.
G.W. Lee CWRT - Howell Meets 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 PM (with the exception of June, July, August and December), at the Historic Livingston County Courthouse on Grand River at Howell. Open Meeting. For more information call Dave Finney, (517) 552-8733, or email Dave at email@example.com.
The Oakland Township Historical Society is hosting "Michigan's Civil War Sacrifices," a program by author Jack Dempsey with cemetery walk, telling soldier stories in the Paint Creek Cemetery in Oakland Township, located just north of Lake George Road on the east side of Orion Road. In the event of a hard rain the program will be moved to Cranberry Lake Farm, 388 W. Predmore Rd., in Oakland Township. Please bring a folding chair. Cider and donuts will be served.