On Friday last, Commissioner Brian James Egen and yours truly had the honor of helping the good folks of Washington Township, PA dedicate the newest Michigan Historical Marker. One side commemorates the harrowing events of July 4-5 on Lee's retreat from Gettysburg; the other commemorates the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. The enthusiastic support of the Friends and their allies was inspirational, and for we Michiganders present (and there were a number of them!) it was a tremendous testament to the Marker program, our American heritage, and the power of volunteerism. Here are some pics:
There's a lot going on during the 10 days of the Sesquicentennial commemoration at Gettysburg, but the essence should be this: remembering the sacrifices that saved the Union and, from a Great Lake State perspective, especially those of our Michigan forebears. Michigan Historical Commissioner Brian James Egen made sure to represent us all by, on Thursday the 27th, delivering a heart-felt, lovingly-made gift in honor of the last full measure of devotion:
Thanks for all of us to Brian, his mom, uncle Roy Adkins, Jr. and cousin Seth Adkins.
It's always great to stumble across mention of how somewhere in Michigan, especially rural parts, the Civil War Sesquicentennial is being remembered and commemorated. From up in Alpena comes this story, which mentions that a regular column has been following the matter for the past two years! Gettysburg
Yours truly had the honor of a second annual appearance at the Benzie Area Historical Society lecture series at the Mills Community House in Benzonia on June 13. Once again, an audience keen on the topic (not necessarily the speake) filled the hall. It was but the second in a lecture series focusing exclusively on the Civil War during a Sesquicentennial year tracking 1863's fateful events, since the Society has a whole slew of other events this year. On the home ground of Bruce Catton, what could be more appropriate? It began on May 24 and runs til December 1.
The next event is a Civil War Era Concert on July 6, followed by a lecture by Prof. Mike Nagle on Michigan's Home Front in the Civil War on July 11 and Bruce Catton Day on August 2.
More info about the entirety of the program can be found here [ Benzie Museum ], or by contacting Dr. Louis Yock, the excellent director of the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org
So begins a front-page story in today's Freep about the Michigan role at Gettysburg one-hundred-fifty years ago, and how its involvement will be commemorated next month. Great to see one of our two Metro Detroit dailies cover such a story -- it shows that the Sesquicentennial is still alive and well and doing what it should, calling our attention to yesterday and inspiring us for tomorrow.
Join author Jack Dempsey, 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM, as he discusses his Michigan Notable Book, Ink Trails: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors, co-authored with his Michigan Notable Author brother Dave, and featuring a chapter on pre-eminent Michigan and Civil War historian Bruce Catton. He will also have copies available of Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice, also a Michigan Notable Book.
Leland Township Library P. O. Box 736 Leland, MI 49654-0736 231-256-9152
Book signing at Cottage Book Shop at 2 pm this Saturday with Jack and Dave Dempsey with their newest book, Ink Trails, Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors. The book features a chapter on Bruce Catton, America's premier Civil War historian. They will also have copies of Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice available.
Barbara Siepker The Cottage Book Shop Box 115 5989 Lake Street Glen Arbor, MI 49636 231-334-4223 1-800-303-6956 cottagebooks.com
June 13, 2013, 7-8pm at Mills Community House, Benzonia. In his 2011 landmark study of the Civil War Centennial, American Oracle, David Blight took fellow Michigander Bruce Catton to task for his troubling omission during the heart of the civil rights movement of the African-American dimension to the conflict. Jack Dempsey, former chair of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, will present a spirited defense of America's greatest Civil War historian and put Catton's work in a more balanced framework. Jack Dempsey is author of the 2012 Michigan Notable Book Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice. He and his brother Dave co-authored the 2013 Michigan Notable Book Ink Trails: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors. For info contact Louis Yock, email@example.com or call the Benzie Historical Museum at 231-882-5539.
From the website of Black River Books, 330 Kalamazoo St., South Haven, 49090, 269-637-7374:
Jack Dempsey Visits Black River Books
"Ink Trails," by Jack and Dave Dempsey, "...takes you on an amazing ride on the back roads and highways of Michigan's literary history, visiting eighteen authors where they lived and worked. Jack Lessenberry is quoted saying "Ink Trails" is a "literary adventure" and "...a book that belongs on every Michigander's shelf.Jack Dempsey also wrote "Michigan and the Civil War." He dropped in last summer, (see below,) and signed our copies of that book. He'll be signing both books on Saturday, June 8 from 2:00 - 4:00pm.