The Jackson muster was mentioned here recently, but today one of the two Detroit dailies has a great and fulsome article on the upcoming weekend: Detroit News
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
An amazing article in The Vault, the history component to Slate magazine, contains a photo of a thank-you letter to John Q. Adams, who served as counsel for the Africans before the Supreme Court in the case of US v Amistad in 1841. The occasion for the piece is the 175th anniversary of the kidnapping of the Africans in July 1839. Here's the article: Rebecca Onion The actual document, along with the transcript, is very moving. Thank you, Ms. Onion, for reporting on this. Here is the Court's decision: Amistad case
It is rather amazing that the Van Buren Administration took the position that the Africans were not free men and should be turned over to their "masters." Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United States, the first born to have been born a U.S. citizen and leader of the national Democratic party. Can you imagine the way the press would report on this story today, as the attorney for the United States tried to convince the highest court in the land that these Africans should be held as slaves?
The Court was composed of these members: Joseph Story of Massachusetts, appointed by Madison; Smith Thompson of New York, appointed by Monroe; John McLean of Ohio, appointed by Jackson; Henry Baldwin of Pennsylvania, appointed by Jackson; James Moore Wayne of Georgia, appointed by Jackson; Roger Taney of Maryland, appointed by Jackson, chief justice by Jackson; John Catron of Tennessee, appointed by Jackson; and John McKinley of Alabama, appointed by Van Buren. One justice, Philip Pendleton Barbour, died on February 25, 1841, before the decision was decided on March 9, 1841. Its composition, then, included 4 Northerners, 3 Southerners, and 1 Border Stater, and only one had been appointed by a Northerner. Just twenty years before the Civil War ensued, the Court rendered a unanimous verdict and ordered the men set free. And Taney of future Dred Scott fame/infamy was part and parcel of the decision. Story, the senior member of the Court, delivered the decision.
Van Buren later went over to the Free Soil party, helping produce a defeat of the 1848 Democratic candidate Lewis Cass of Michigan, with Whig Zachary Taylor being elected. Cass and Van Buren had fallen out. History is curious.
Very moving event this evening at The Henry Ford in Dearborn as those present shared with several National Parks and other communities the memory of those 150 years ago on the front lines in Virginia and elsewhere in the Civil War.