Today, the Roaring Twenties. Among these names is one forgotten by history but attached to a man who was central to the Union victory at Antietam and, thus, issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. His fidelity to the legacy of his commander, A.S. Williams, was lifelong and produced the magnificent monument that still stands on Belle Isle in the Detroit River.
Samuel E. Pittman. Served Williams as Aide-de-Camp and Acting Assistant Adjutant General, promoted May 22, 1863, to Captain and Assistant Adjutant General. Serving in that capacity at Gettysburg. Transferred with XII Corps to Western Theatre, Fall 1863. Brevet Major and Lieutenant Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865. Resigned commission, Sept. 7, 1864, returned to Detroit. Worked in Lake Superior forwarding business, Manager for Detroit Linseed Oil Co., Cashier for First National Bank, and at death as secretary of board of Detroit Steel Products Co. President, State Board of Education. Leading member of Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States in Detroit; State Commander, Grand Army of the Republic. Died at home at Palms Apartment, 1001 Jefferson Avenue, Mar. 30, age 91. Flag atop city hall lowered to half-mast, first time honor accorded private citizen. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit.
George H. Laird. Commissioned Captain, Feb. 1, 1863. Acting Assistant Quartermaster. Resigned and honorably discharged, July 19, 1864. Liuetenant Colonel, 116th U.S.C.T., July 20, 1864. Part of XXV Corps in Appomattox Campaign; at surrender of Army of Northern Virginia. Service in Texas until mustered out, Jan. 17, 1867. Died: Nov. 22.
Gabriel Campbell. Resigned commission, honorably discharged for disability, Nov. 19, 1863. Returned to Michigan State Normal college to complete degree, then entered teaching; A.B., University of Michigan, 1865; B.D., Chicago Theological Seminary, 1868; taught philosophy, University of Minnesota, Bowdoin College, Dartmouth College. Died Oct. 19, age 85. Burial: Dartmouth College Cemetery, Hanover, New Hampshire.
James Van Kleeck. Graduated University of Michigan Law School, practiced in Monroe, Midland, and Bay City. Midland City Attorney. State Representative, 1883-1884. Bay County Prosecuting Attorney. Commissioner of Immigration. Commander, Michigan Department, Grand Army of the Republic. Died: Feb. 7, age 76. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Bay City.