"On This Day In Michigan History
Source: Mich-Again's Day"
Today is the anniversary of the day the U.S. Constitution was approved in 1787. One wonders why this day is not a national holiday, as opposed say, to a certain day in October when many governments close down. Perhaps it's best this way; schoolkids will learn about the Constitution today, won't they ... ?
The Michigan Senate passed a resolution making today the end of Michigan Patriot Week. Probably few Michiganders know about it, because there hasn't been hardly any coverage of such a symbolic act. Instead, the news -- like a radio report yesterday heard while driving -- began with the story of a fire and then a shooting. And one of those didn't even occur in Michigan. Well, for the two people that read this blog, here is the text of the resolution, containing a number of Civil War items. Oh yes, didn't anyone tell you? The Civil War was a conflict over the Constitution of the United States ... and the Confederacy adopted one modeled on, but also changing in some key ways (enshrining slavery, for example, in the document), the document we are today to especially revere.
SR-177, As Adopted by Senate, September 11, 2014
Senators Colbeck, Casperson, Robertson, Nofs and Pappageorge offered the following resolution:
Senate Resolution No. 177.
A resolution designating September 11-17, 2014, as Michigan Patriot Week.
Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that understanding American history and America's First Principles are indispensable to the survival of our republic as a free people. In great reverence to the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the Legislature acknowledges that American citizens must take time to honor the First Principles, founders, documents, and symbols of their history; and
Whereas, The events that led to the signing of The Constitution of the United States of America by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, have significance for every American and are honored in public schools across the nation on September 17 of each year as Constitution Day; and
Whereas, Revolution, the rule of law, social compact, equality, unalienable rights, and limited government are the First Principles upon which America was founded and flourishes; and
Whereas, Exceptional, visionary, and indispensable Americans such as Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Marshall, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison founded and advanced the United States; and
Whereas, The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the congressional resolution forwarding the Constitution to the states, Marbury v Madison, Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the "I Have a Dream" speech are key documents that embody America's First Principles and have advanced American liberty; and
Whereas, The Bennington Flag, original Betsy Ross American flag, current American Flag, Suffragist Flag, Fort Sumter Flag, Gadsden Flag, and flag of the state of Michigan are fundamental physical symbols of American history and freedom that should be studied and remembered by each American citizen; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate, That we hereby designate September 11-17, 2014, as Michigan Patriot Week, which symbolically begins on September 11 and concludes on September 17, Constitution Day. We recognize that each generation needs to renew the spirit of America based on America's First Principles, historical figures, founding documents, and symbols of America. The citizens, schools and other educational institutions, government agencies, municipalities, and nonprofit, religious, labor, community, and business organizations are urged to recognize and participate in Patriot Week by honoring and celebrating so that all may offer the reverence that is due to our free republic; and be it further Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Michigan Council for Social Studies, Michigan Center for Civic Education, State Board of Education, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Oakland County Circuit Court, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, and Governor Rick Snyder.
What is always billed as the largest Civil War reenactment in the Midwest will celebrate its 30th anniversary on August 23 and 24, 2014.
The events start each day at 2 p.m., Saturday's to commemorate the Battle of the Wilderness, Sunday's the Franklin/Nashville campaign.
For more information, visit civilwarmuster.org or call Kim at 517-262-6391.
Dear friend and supporter,
The Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium cordially invite you to attend the unveiling of a new State of Michigan historic marker commemorating Hamtramck Stadium on Thursday, August 14, at 3:30 p.m.
The historic marker dedication will take place in Veterans Memorial Park near the monument to Col. Hamtramck on Jos. Campau Street, one block south of Goodson.
Built in 1930, Hamtramck Stadium is a former home of the Negro League Detroit Stars and Detroit Wolves as well as of semi-pro teams like the Detroit Cubs (pictured above). Hamtramck Stadium is one of only a handful of Negro League ballparks still in existence.
More information about Hamtramck Stadium and the dedication ceremony can be found at www.HamtramckStadium.org.
R.S.V.P. to HamtramckStadium@GMail.com or to 313.614.9006.
Thanks again for your support!
Gary Gillette, President
Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium
A Michigan Nonprofit Corporation
In the latest issue of the Civil War Trust's magazine Hallowed Ground, Summer 2014, Vol. 15, No. 2, on the two-page spread that forms the inside table of contents, is a photo of graves in the cemetery at Andersonville. In the very foreground, almost in the fold of the two pages, the most easily made out gravestone is of a Michigan soldier, with the number "1037" on it.
One of the most prominent fears of the soldiers in the Civil War, especially if they were to die in service and away from home, was to be forgotten.
"Edison Conrad" is the name on the marker in the CWT magazine.
According to the Report of the Michigan Andersonville Monument Commission, page 44, under that name, his rank was private in Company G of 8th Michigan Infantry. He is listed as having died on May 12, 1864.
The Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War for the 8th Infantry, page 33, lists "Conrade, Edson. Enlisted in company G, Eighth Infantry, Aug. 23, 1862, at Fenton, for 3 years, age 23. Mustered Aug. 23, 1862. Taken prisoner at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 29, 1863. Died of disease at Andersonville, Ga., May 12, 1864."
The SUVCW and other databases list his unit as the 8th Michigan Cavalry. The National Archives Soldiers database says "Conrad, Edson Battle Unit Name: 8th Regiment, Michigan Infantry Side:Union Company:G Soldier's Rank In:Private Soldier's Rank Out:Private Film Number:M545 ROLL 9"
What else can we add? This blog's author was in Fenton recently. It was a beautiful summer day, and historic downtown Fenton looked marvelous.
What else? November 29, 1863 was a Sunday, three days after Thanksgiving. May 12, 1864 was a Thursday.
Private, we have not forgotten you.
Use the two links below to see photos and information on the cannon that has been in Petoskey's Pennsylvania Park since 1905. It was used in combat during three of the most important and famous U.S. Navy battles of the Civil War. Now it is in need of preservation; it is showing its age at 155 years old. As the plaque on the cannon says:
"Forevermore a silent reminder to the rising generations of the glorious deeds of our Navy during the fierce conflict in which the God of Battle watched over our nation and in which this gun effectively spoke for liberty and a untied country."
Now it's our turn to commit to save this national treasure. Please give generously.
With the car czar's birthday having just passed, we turn to historian Brian Egen for this perspective:
"Henry Ford and the Civil War" seems like an odd association – primarily because it wasn’t until the early 20th Century that he put the world on wheels and to which he is most categorically remembered. For those Civil War veterans who lived into the automobile era it is very likely that most of them, who marched and treaded miles during their service, rode and possibly even owned a Ford Model T. With over 15 million of them made and a vehicle relatively affordable for the masses, it became a part of everyday American life.
However, Henry’s connections to the Civil War can be more directly associated than simply creating an automobile that veterans came to know years after the fighting ceased. July 30, 2014 marks the 151st anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth. Born to William and Mary (Litogot) Ford just three weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg in a modest farm house in Dearborn, Michigan, Henry’s parents were all too familiar with the war as it touched them personally.
Henry’s two uncles, John and Barney Litogot, enlisted the previous August in the famed 24th Michigan Infantry. Like countless thousands of Michiganders, these two farm boys were swept up in the conflagration of the Civil War and voluntarily joined to preserve a “more perfect union.” Approximately 90,000 Michigan citizen soldiers would serve during the Civil War -- over 14,000 of them, including John Litogot, would never return home. Having been killed on December 13, 1862 at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Henry’s mother Mary would have mourned the loss of her brother John while she was in the first trimester of pregnancy. Assuredly the family worried for the safety of her remaining brother Barney as news of the Army of the Potomac’s actions came back to Michigan. Such news would eventually reach home just prior to Henry’s birth that Barney was wounded in the arm during the first day’s fight at Gettysburg.
To learn more of the Litogot Brother’s story and to see photographs, please follow this link to The Henry Ford blog written about Henry Ford’s two uncles in the Civil War: Ford Uncles
PBS's American Experience -- a favorite show -- reminds us that "On July 23, 1885 Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer. At his funeral procession, a column of mourners seven miles long accompanied the late president's casket, and approximately 90,000 people from around the world donated over $600,000 to build Grant's Tomb." We are still in the midst of the Sesquicentennial, but taking a moment in silent commemoration of the death of this American hero is certainly timely and appropriate.
Grant died 129 years ago, age 63. But for a certain habit obtained during the war, he likely would have lived to see the new century. His departure from this life was met by an outpouring of mourning in Michigan. Its governor, Russell Alger, was a Civil War veteran. In Detroit, the house he and Julia had lived in was draped in funeral crepe and flowers.
The funeral story is found here: AmExp