The final -- and largest -- of the excised Appendices in the Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State's Sacrifice on America's Bloodiest Day book would have set forth the after-battle stories of many of the characters whose stories were touched on. The piece was not completed, since it became apparent that it would not fit. Though incomplete, it was a labor of love to research and begin to compile a brief account of the lives of these heroes after the Battle of Antietam.
Beginning this week and continuing for several more are those accounts, arranged by year of death and interval. Today, during the Civil War.
William M. (or E.) Duffield. Died: Oct. 16, 1862. Burial: Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.
Allen H. Zacharias. Died: Dec. 8, 1862, Sharpsburg. Burial: Neriah Cemetery, Ida.
Jackson B. Kennedy. Died of wounds received at Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 21, age 24. Burial: Hanover Cemetery, Hanover, Jackson County.
Abel G. Peck. Killed in action, Battle of Gettysburg, Jul. 1, age 43. Burial: Gettysburg National Cemetery. Memorial cenotaph at Walled Lake Cemetery.
Elon J. Farnsworth. Staff aide, General Alfred Pleasonton, 1863. Brigadier General, June 28, 1863. Killed in action, Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863, age 25. Burial: Rockton Cemeetery, Rockton, Illinois.
George A. Woodruff. Mortally wounded at Battle of Gettysburg. Died: July 4, 1863, age 23. Burial: Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall.
Frank Graves. Resigned, commission, Sept. 27, 1862. Mustered as Colonel, May 1, 1863, 8th Michigan Infantry. Killed in action, Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, age 29 or 30. Gravestone: “Participated in twenty-one battles.” Memorial: Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles.
Horatio Belcher. Captain Sept. 1, 1862, Major Jun. 3, 1864. Wounded, Cold Harbor, Jun. 3, 1864. Killed in action, Aug. 19, Weldon Railroad, Va., age 48. Burial: Glenwood Cemetery, Flint.
Melvin P. Brewer. Promoted to Major, January 1, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel commanding 7th Michigan Cavalry, June 6, 1864. Wounded in action, June 11, 1864, at Trevilian Station. Mortally wounded, September 19, 1864, Battle of Winchester. Died: September 25, 1864, age 33. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac.[i]
Norval E. Welch. Commissioned Colonel May 18, 1863. Killed in action, Battle of Poplar Grove Church, Va., Sept. 30, 1864, age 29 or 30. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor.
[i] See Rick Liblong, Answering the Call to Duty: Saving Custer, Heroism at Gettysburg, POWs and other Stories of Michigan Small Town Soldiers in the Civil War (Traverse City: Arbutus Press, 2011), esp. pp. 54-58, for information on Brewer’s service.
Newton S. Bibbins. Reenlisted Feb. 17, 1864, Beverly Ford, Va. Corporal. Sergeant. Died of disease: Jan. 13, 1865, in Michigan. Burial: Hanover Cemetery, Hanover, Jackson County.
James T. Morgan. First Lieutenant, Feb. 23, 1863. Captain, Oct. 19, 1863. Taken prisoner, Campbell’s Station, Tenn., Nov. 16, 1863; escaped, Dec. 12, 1864. Discharged, reentered service as Captain, 30th Infantry, Jan. 9, 1865. Died: May 31, 1865, at Wyandotte. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Clarkston.