US Army Michigan Infantry Regiments

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865)

  • Hunt, Robert G. Papers, 1861, 1865. Approx 3 cubic ft. (in 1 box, 7 Oversized folders). Papers of a Civil War U.S. Paymaster, 1861-1865 and undated, include: account books; business and work-related correspondence; vouchers; disbursement accounts; returns; muster rolls, muster out rolls, and pay rolls for Michigan Infantry Regiments, including the 1st Regiment, Companies H-M; 9th Regiment, Co. A; 10th Regiment, Co. A; 13th Regiment, Companies A-K and T; 19th Regiment, Co. A; and 22nd Regiment, Companies A-K. Bio: Hunt was a U.S. Paymaster for Michigan Infantry Regiments during the Civil War.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865), Company A

  • Montgomery, Thomas S. Eleven months experience in a Rebel prison. Typed manuscript (copy) (20 p.). 1 folder. Typed transcript of the story of his life before the war, his military record, battles, being taken prisoner at the Battle of Bull Run, life in Libby Prison and the U.S. Hotel in Tuscaloosa (MS), treatment of soldiers, wounding of his thigh, re-enlistment, re-capture, food and supplies, and being paroled. A photocopy of his service record is also included. Bio: Montgomery was born April 25, 1836 in Angelica (Allegany County, NY). In April 1861, he enlisted in Co. A, 1st Michigan Infantry. He was mustered in May 1861, taken prisoner at Bull Run (Va) July 21, 1861, and discharged at Detroit, July 1862. He re-enlisted in the 5th Michigan Infantry, Co. G in 1862 at the age of 28. He was mustered in Sept. 1862, wounded at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 and promoted to Corporal. He was transferred to the Invalid Corps on Oct. 20, 1863 and discharged on disability at Washington, D.C. on Aug. 5, 1865, from the 3rd Co., 2nd Battalion, V.R.C. (Veteran Reserve Corps).

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865), Company E

  • Stewart, Aura P. Correspondence, 1860, 1867. 1 folder. Eleven letters dated Nov. 5, 1860-Jan. 14, 1867. All but one letter was written to Stewart in response to his inquiries about Michigan Civil War soldiers or their land bounty applications. Michigan soldiers mentioned include: Richard King of Detroit (MI), who served in Company F, 15th Michigan Infantry; George H. Skinner of Branch County (MI), who served in Company E, 1st Michigan Infantry; William Buss or Russ of Bangor (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry; John Moran of Washtenaw County (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry; 2nd Lt. Joseph Phelps of Algonac (MI), who served in Company E, 9th Michigan Infantry; and Francis E. Bostwick of St. Clair County (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry and who was declared missing in action in 1862. There are also photocopies of the soldiers' service records. Bio: Stewart's father was Harvey Stewart. Aura is a feminine name, but Aura Stewart is referred to as "Sir" or "Esq."

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865), Company F

  • Alden, Alanson. Papers, 1832-1862, include 1864 certificate for payment of military service for Samuel Alden, Alanson's son, who served in Company F, 1st Michigan Infantry. Bio: Alden was a resident of Manilla (New York), later Jonesville (Hillsdale Co., MI).

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865), Company G

  • Stewart, Aura P. Correspondence, 1860, 1867. 1 folder. Eleven letters dated Nov. 5, 1860-Jan. 14, 1867. All but one letter was written to Stewart in response to his inquiries about Michigan Civil War soldiers or their land bounty applications. Michigan soldiers mentioned include: Richard King of Detroit (MI), who served in Company F, 15th Michigan Infantry; George H. Skinner of Branch County (MI), who served in Company E, 1st Michigan Infantry; William Buss or Russ of Bangor (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry; John Moran of Washtenaw County (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry; 2nd Lt. Joseph Phelps of Algonac (MI), who served in Company E, 9th Michigan Infantry; and Francis E. Bostwick of St. Clair County (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry and who was declared missing in action in 1862. There are also photocopies of the soldiers' service records. Bio: Stewart's father was Harvey Stewart. Aura is a feminine name, but Aura Stewart is referred to as "Sir" or "Esq."
  • Yarick, John. Papers, 1854, 1864. 1 folder. Papers include: Two letters to "Dear Brother" (John) from his brother, Reuben Yarick, including one from Fort Monroe (Va.) Camp Hamilton, dated March 26, 1862, describing picket duty, Gen. Wool, and Rebel pickets. A second letter, dated April 23, 1865, from Reuben at Washington, D.C., to John, describes his fears and feelings about the assassination of President Lincoln and visiting the body in the White House. There are also two letters from a third brother, G.[eorge] W.[ashington] Yarick, to John, dated June 13 and August 15, 1864, at the U.S. Hospital, Hampton (Va.), about Reuben being wounded and hospitalized, hopes for peace, and the restoration of the Union. A photocopy of Reuben Yarick's service record is also included. Bio: Reuben Yarick enlisted in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry as a Sergeant on July 2, 1861, at Jackson (MI), at age 25. He was mustered on July 13, 1861. He re-enlisted on February 17, 1864 as a Sergeant, at Beverly Ford (Va.), and was mustered in the next day. On June 3, 1864, he was wounded in action and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC). He was discharged from Company B, 24th VRC at Washington, D.C., on July 28, 1865.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865)

  • Chet (Union Soldier). Letter, 1861 Aug 7. 1 item (3 pages). Letter written to a "friend." Relates news of mutual acquaintances, rumors of unit reorganizations that would allow troops to return home, estimates total Confederate forces at 240,000, and rumors that many slaves are in the Confederate cavalry and are escaping. Bio: Served with the 2nd Michigan Infantry.

 

  • Edmonds, S. Emma E. (Seelye) (Sarah Emma Evelyn), 1841-1898. Papers, 1885-1897. Seven letters to R. H. Halsted about her membership and participation in the G.A.R., efforts to get increased pension due to being injured while delivering mail during the Civil War under the name of Franklin Thompson, photograph, newspaper clippings. Bio: Edmonds was bron in New Brunswick, Canada. She enlisted in 2nd Michigan Volunteers and fought in the Civil War as a man named Frank(lin) Thompson.

 

  • Hodskin. Charles Horace, 1837-1905. Papers, 1861, 1905. .25 cubic ft. (in 1 box). IL Papers, 1861-1905 and undated, include biographical material, certificates, Civil War diary, and correspondence, and daguerreotypes. The Civil War materials, 1861-1864, discuss the weather; drills; skirmishes; major General A. E. Burnside's military failures; heavy losses; U.S. Colored Troops; and marches to Bardston, Lebanon, Jamestown, and Memphis (TN). Bio: Hodskin, born on Aug. 22, 1837, moved to Battle Creek (MI). He served in the Michigan Infantry 2nd Regiment during the Civil War and was eventually honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1864. He died on Feb. 18, 1905, in Manistee (MI).

 

  • Kitchen, Samuel. Papers, 1865-1866, 1875. 7 items. Includes official correspondence re: his promotion from Assist-Surgeon to Surgeon (Brevet Capt.) in New York Volunteers (no subunit is mentioned), and his discharge papers, 1865. A letter from 1875 mentions Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865), Company B

  • Hopkins, Charles C., 1839- Correspondence, 1861. 1 folder, IL One three-page letter to "dear cousin," dated Sept. 5, 1861, describes daily activities, how much he enjoys killing Rebels, and that he thinks the war will end in eight months. The letterhead is illustrated with a colored drawing of a Civil War soldier in uniform. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: In 1861, at age 22, Hopkins enlisted in the Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd, Company H. He reenlisted in 1863 and was discharged in Detroit in 1864. He survived numerous battles.

 

  • Pettit, Abram M., 1835- Papers, 1861, 1863. 1 folder, IL Papers include: two letters and two notebooks, a medal, a photocopy of his service record, and a small photograph of Pettit in uniform. The medal, with George Washington's profile, is ringed with "George Washington born February 22, 1752" on the front and the back states "Serg. A. M. Pettit Co. B 2nd Regt. Michigan Volunteers War of 1861 Hudson MI" The account books of May-July 1862 list sick soldiers. The account book of Dec. 1861-April 11, 1863 includes a diary of brief statements and accounts. A letter, dated August 16, 1861, is written on letterhead showing Fort Monroe and a military map of Maryland and Virginia. The letter is from a camp near Arlington (Va.) and it is addressed to "Dear Parents." It describes Pettit's fellow soldiers' feelings about war and homesickness. The second letter, dated August 11, 1862, is a recommendation from 1st Lt. Tilson C. Barden, written near Harrison's Landing (Va.) to Gov. Austin Blair of Michigan, for Pettit to serve in a newly formed Michigan regiment. Bio: Pettit, from Hudson (Lenawee County, MI), enlisted in Company B, 2nd Michigan Infantry as a Sergeant on May 10, 1861 at the age of 26. He was mustered on May 25, 1861. on Oct. 15, 1862, he was discharged due to a disability. Barden, also from Hudson, entered the service in the same unit as a 2nd Lt. on May 10, 1861 at the age of 27. He was commissioned on April 25, 1861 and mustered on May 25, 1861. He was commissioned as a 1st Lt. on Sept. 22, 1861, but resigned in 1862 to be commissioned as a Captain on Feb. 24, 1863. On Dec. 14, 1863, he was wounded in action at Granger's MIL He was mustered again on Feb. 14, 1864 and was wounded for second time on May 16, 1864. He was honorably discharged on June 6, 1864.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865), Company E

  • Vandeventer, Herman L., 1840- Correspondence, 1862. 1 folder. Letter, dated April 26, 1862, from Vandeventer in Camp Cameron (Washington, D.C.) to Louise M. Caple and cousin Henry in Italy Hollow. The letter describes how Herman was just paid two months pay and is owed to more months pay, how marching orders are "counter mandid," the death of soldiers from smallpox, and that he is homesick. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Vandeventer enlisted in Company E, 2nd Michigan Infantry on April 17, 1861 in Niles (MI) at age 21. he was mustered on May 25, 18861. From Jan. 30- April 9, 1864, he served in Company E, 17th Michigan Infantry. On July 21, 1864, he was discharged at Detroit (MI).

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865), Company F

  • Ensign, Daniel J., d. 1862. Letters, 1861-1862. 4 items. Letters to sister, Amanda, while stationed at Arlington Heights. Topics include: 1st Bull Run, Virginia women, local Michigan news, and he predicts the end of the war by the spring of 1862. Also, brief service record. Bio: Resident of Genessee County, MI; served with the 2nd Michigan Inf., Co. F; died in 1862 from a wound received at Fair Oaks, VA.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865), Company H

  • Whipple, William L. Muster roll, May 10, 1861. Bio: A veteran of the Mexican War, Whipple enlisted as Capt. Company H, 2nd Michigan Infantry on May 10, 1861 at age 35. He was mustered May 25, 1861. He joined the 21st Michigan Infantry on Aug. 24, 1862. and was commissioned Lt. Col. of the 21st on Aug. 13, 1862. He was mustered Sept. 4, 1862 and died of disease at Nashville (TN) on Nov. 16, 1862.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1864)

  • US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1864). Muster rolls of Company E, organized in Lyons (Ionia County, MI) and Company G, 1861.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1865), Company B

  • Ransom, Ezra, 1837- Correspondence, 1862. 1 folder. Correspondence, Sept. 18, 1862, from Ransom to an unnamed friend, describing his sorrow at reading about dead comrades and thanking his friend for recommending him to the governor (probably for a promotion). His discharge and his disabled left wrist were also mentioned. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Ransom, from Owosso (Shiawassee County, MI), enlisted in Company B, 3rd Michigan Infantry on May 13, 1861 in Grand Rapids (MI) at the age of 24. He was mustered on June 10, 1861. On May 31, 1863. he was wounded in action at Fair Oaks (Va.). He was discharged for disability at Detroit (MI) on Aug. 1, 1862.

 

  • Stowe, Frederick A., 1834- Correspondence, 1863. 1 folder. Letter to Stowe, dated Jan. 4, 1863, from Mary B. and John Lindsay describing the prices of wood, weather, their health, news of friends, the governor postponing the draft, and Lt. James Bennett. There are also photocopies of Stewart's and Bennett's service records. Bio: Stowe, from Pewamo (Ionia County, MI), enlisted as a 2nd Lt. in Company B, 3rd Michigan Infantry in 1861 at age 27. He was commissioned as a 1st Lt. on Jan. 1, 1862 and as a Captain on Oct. 25, 1862. He was mustered on Dec. 8, 1862 and resigned as disabled on Feb. 27, 1863. Bennett, of Grand Rapids (MI), enlisted and was mustered as a Sergeant in Company B, 3rd Michigan Infantry on June 10, 1861 at age 20. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. on Oct. 25, 1862, mustered again on Jan. 25, 1863, and discharged on Oct, 12, 1863.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 3rd (1864-1866), Company C

  • Tyler, Henry G., 1844- Correspondence, 1864. 1 folder. Letter by Tyler in Welton (Iowa), dated March 19, 1864, to "Friend Stafford" describing how Rebel sympathizers interfered with his trip to Quincy (MI), Elkhart (Ind.), and Rock River (IL). There is also a copy of Tyler's service record. Bio: Tyler enlisted in Company C (reorganized), 3rd Michigan Infantry on October 9, 1864 at Bushnell Township (Montcalm County, MI) at age 20. He deserted at Green Lake (Tex.) on July 13, 1865.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1864), Company H

  • Higbee, Frederick, 1833- Correspondence, 1864. 1 folder. A three-page letter, dated Feb. 8, 1864, written in Camp Bulick (Va.) to "Friend Clarcey" (Whitney), describes a soldier's life, Rebels, a recent battle, and plans for life after the war. There is also a photocopy of Higbee's service record. Bio: Higbee was a resident of Newaygo County (MI). He enlisted in the Michigan Infantry Regiment, 3rd, Company H in 1861 at age 28. He was promoted to Corporal on Nov. 10, 1861, Sergeant on Oct. 27, 1862, and mustered out in Detroit in 1864.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 4th (1861-1864)

  • US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 4th. 27th Annual reunion program, June 20, 1889 at Jonesville (MI). 2 p. col.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 4th (1861-1864), Company B

  • Bebee, Nelson W. Family Correspondence, 1861-1865 of John and Nelson Bebee. Finding aid. Bio: Nelson Bebee enlisted in 1862 at age 23 in Company B, Michigan 4th Cavalry. He was promoted to Corporal 1862. Transferred to Invalid Corps in 1863 and discharged in 1865. John enlisted on Aug. 6, 1861 in Company H, Michigan 5th Infantry at age 19. He was mustered on Aug. 28, 1861, re-enlisted on Dec. 15, 1863 and was again mustered on Dec. 27, 1863. He was killed in action near Petersburg (Va.) on June 16, 1864. Also the letters of John W. Bradner, A. E. Ferdon, the Bebee sisters, and other friends.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 4th (1861-1864), Company E

  • Hewitt, John W., 1842- Diary, 1863, 1864. 1 v. (140 p., in 1 folder). Diary, 1863-1864, with brief entries describing the weather, marching orders, drills, and some service history. Also, brief financial accounts for clothes, miscellaneous sketches, and a photocopy of his service history. Bio: Hewitt, a resident of Hillsdale County (MI), enlisted in the Michigan Infantry 4th Regiment, Company E in 1861 at age 19. He was mustered out in 1864.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 4th (1861-1864), Company F

  • Limbocker, William E., 1835-1863. Diary, 1861. 1 v. (in 1 folder). Diary, June-Aug. 1861, describes camp life near Washington; picket duty; battles; skirmishes; arrival in Fairfax (Va.); desertions; the destruction of his regiment at Gettysburg on July 21, 1861; forming a brigade under Gen Sherman; taking Rebel prisoners; the destruction of Virginia; a parade before Gen. Scott, Pres. Lincoln, and Gen. McClellan; the capture of Fort Scott; burning of wheat and Rebel homes; his broken hand; and a grand review in front of Lincoln and McClellan. Bio: Limbocker or Lenbocker, enlisted and was mustered in Co. F, 4th Michigan Infantry at age 26 in Adrian, Lenawee County (MI) in June 1861. He was wounded in action in June 1862 and taken prisoner at Gettysburg (PA) on July 2, 1863. He was killed on Oct. 25, 1863 at Belle Island, Richmond (Va.) by enemy's guard, while on police duty.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 5th (1861-1865), Company G

  • Montgomery, Thomas S. Eleven months experience in a Rebel prison. Typed manuscript (copy) (20 p.). 1 folder. Typed transcript of the story of his life before the war, his military record, battles, being taken prisoner at the Battle of Bull Run, life in Libby Prison and the U.S. Hotel in Tuscaloosa (MS), treatment of soldiers, wounding of his thigh, re-enlistment, re-capture, food and supplies, and being paroled. A photocopy of his service record is also included. Bio: Montgomery was born April 25, 1836 in Angelica (Allegany County, NY). In April 1861, he enlisted in Co. A, 1st Michigan Infantry. He was mustered in May 1861, taken prisoner at Bull Run (Va) July 21, 1861, and discharged at Detroit, July 1862. He re-enlisted in the 5th Michigan Infantry, Co. G in 1862 at the age of 28. He was mustered in Sept. 1862, wounded at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 and promoted to Corporal. He was transferred to the Invalid Corps on Oct. 20, 1863 and discharged on disability at Washington, D.C. on Aug. 5, 1865, from the 3rd Co., 2nd Battalion, V.R.C. (Veteran Reserve Corps).

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 5th (1861-1865), Company H

  • Howard, Worthington, d.1862. Papers, 1861, 1930. 1 folder, IL Papers, 1861-1930, include tintype and obituary of his sister, Sarah A. Howard Fuller (1842-1930). Most of the collection is letters from the Military Hospital at Fort Lyon (Va.) addressed to "Dear Sister Sarah," which describe family news, religion, that the war will be short, Howard's illness, and debt. There is also a letter from brother Frank Good to Sarah. Also included is a photocopied, brief service history of Howard. Bio: Howard, a resident of Shiawassee County (MI), served in the Michigan Infantry, 5th Regiment, Company H. He attained the rank of Sergeant. In 1862, he died of disease in the Military Hospital at Fort Lyon (Vir.). His sister Sarah A. Howard married Calvin M. Fuller at age 21 and they had six children. She was a pioneer of Antrim Township (MI) She died in 1930.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 6th (1861-1865), Company F

  • McDonald, George, 1842-1865. Correspondence, 1864. Letter and envelope, dated Aug. 11, 1864, addressed to Mrs. Nancie Rowland, Howell (Livingston County, MI) and "Dear sister and brother" from McDonald in Headquarters Dept. of Cumberland near Atlanta (Ga.), camp of the 6th Michigan Veteran Infantry. The letter notes that McDonald is alive and well, that he received letters from family, that he hopes God will save him, the war may continue for a long time, he hates war, and many Rebels were forced into service by the attitude of Southern women. Bio: McDonald enlisted in Co. F, 6th Michigan Infantry in March 1864 in Charlotte (Eaton County, MI) at the age of 22. He was mustered in April 1864 and transferred to Co. H in May 1864. He died of disease at Fort Gaines (Ala.) on June 10, 1865 and is buried in the National Cemetery at Mobile (Ala.), Grave No. 602.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 6th (1861-1865), Company H

  • McCormick, Michael, 1836- Diary/Poem, 186u. 1 folder. Letter, dated January 24 (during the Civil War), from "Mike", describing the endurance of Michigan men in the war. The reverse side of the letter has a war poem in which five men from Co. H of the 6th Michigan Infantry are mentioned, including: Horace Herridon or Henderson, George Perrine, George W. Charter, George W. Jones, and Royal H. King. Photocopies of McCormick's and their service records are included. Bio: McCormick, from Charlotte (Eaton County, MI), enlisted and was mustered in Co. H, 6th Michigan Infantry in Aug. 1861 at Charlotte at age 25. He was wounded in action in May 1863. He was discharged to accept a commission as 2nd Lt. in the 99th U.S. Colored Infantry. He was mustered out and honorably discharged in May 1865. The other men were all from Eaton County (MI) and all members of the 6th Michigan Infantry, Company H. All but Perrine died of disease in 1862.

 

  • McDonald, George, 1842-1865. Correspondence, 1864. Letter and envelope, dated Aug. 11, 1864, addressed to Mrs. Nancie Rowland, Howell (Livingston County, MI) and "Dear sister and brother" from McDonald in Headquarters Dept. of Cumberland near Atlanta (Ga.), camp of the 6th Michigan Veteran Infantry. The letter notes that McDonald is alive and well, that he received letters from family, that he hopes God will save him, the war may continue for a long time, he hates war, and many Rebels were forced into service by the attitude of Southern women. Bio: McDonald enlisted in Co. F, 6th Michigan Infantry in March 1864 in Charlotte (Eaton County, MI) at the age of 22. He was mustered in April 1864 and transferred to Co. H in May 1864. He died of disease at Fort Gaines (Ala.) on June 10, 1865 and is buried in the National Cemetery at Mobile (Ala.), Grave No. 602.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865)

  • Bebee, Nelson W. Family Correspondence, 1861-1865 of John and Nelson Bebee. Finding aid. Bio: Nelson Bebee enlisted in 1862 at age 23 in Company B, Michigan 4th Cavalry. He was promoted to Corporal 1862. Transferred to Invalid Corps in 1863 and discharged in 1865. John enlisted on Aug. 6, 1861 in Company H, Michigan 5th Infantry at age 19. He was mustered on Aug. 28, 1861, re-enlisted on Dec. 15, 1863 and was again mustered on Dec. 27, 1863. He was killed in action near Petersburg (Va.) on June 16, 1864. Also the letters of John W. Bradner, A. E. Ferdon, the Bebee sisters, and other friends.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865), Company B

  • Bangs, Chester H. Letter, 1861 Sept. 29. 2 items. Letter describing the hardships of a soldier's life, mentions blacks and the size of the army around Washington. Expects to be home by the new year. Includes brief service history. Bio: Bangs, a resident of Napoleon (MI), served in the 7th Michigan Infantry, Company B.

 

  • Cutcheon, Byron M. 1836-1908. Reminiscence, ca. 1885. 1 item (2 pages). Reminiscence includes a brief summation of his career up until the fall of 1863 and a detailed account of the death of a Colonel Smith. Includes a brief service history. Bio: Resident of Ypsilanti, MI; served with 20th Mich Inf, Co B; eventually promoted to Colonel.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1851-1865), Company E

  • Curtiss, Charles H., 1837- Papers, 1854, 1926. 1.5 cubic ft. (in 3 boxes), IL Papers, 1854-1926, include: four diaries, 1860-1864, and letters discussing marches, battles, Gen McClellan, Gen. Hooker, the treatment of soldiers, and cadets shot for desertion. Eleven muster rolls of Co. E, 7th Michigan Infantry, 1861-1863, and nine monthly returns, 1862- 1863, are housed separately due to their size. Lists of military supplies and men killed in action are noted in the 1864 diary. Photographs of Curtiss and one of his wife, Fannie, in an 1855 New Testament, and an illustration of their homestead are also included. Bio: Charles Henry Curtiss, also spelled Curtis, was born in 1837 in Huntington (Shelton, Conn.). He moved to Detroit (MI) in 1855. He served as Quartermaster Sergeant of the 7th Infantry, beginning in 1861. He was commission as a 2nd Lt. in Jan. 1863 and as a 1st Lt. in Feb. 1863. By Aug. 1863 he was Aide-de-camp to Col. Carrol. He was commissioned as a Captain in March 1864. In June 1864, he was honorably discharged. Finding aid and item-level index cards available.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865)

  • Bingham, Abel, Rev., 1786-1865. Family Papers, 1765, 1957. 14 cubic ft. (in 29 boxes), IL Family Papers, 1765-1958 and undated, include: letters relating to Bingham's son-in- law's (John C. Buchanan) service with the 8th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War, 1861-1864. The collection is also available on microfilm. Bio: Bingham was a Baptist clergyman. His daughter, Sophie, married Buchanan. Finding aid available.

 

  • Ely, Ralph (1819-1883) "With the wandering regiment." Transcript (photocopy) of manuscript edited by Dr. George M. Blackburn (1926- ) giving daily history of Capt. Ralph Ely during the Southern Rebellion, May 20, 1861-April 1, 1864. Published by CMU Press, 1965. 105 p.

 

  • Ely, Ralph (1819-1883) "With the wandering regiment." Book form of transcribed manuscript edited by Dr. George M. Blackburn (1926- ) giving daily history of Capt. Ralph Ely during the Southern Rebellion, May 20, 1861-April 1, 1864. Published by CMU Press, 1965. 105 p.

 

  • Watson, Amasa B. Family Papers, 1854-1932, undated. Includes: General Orders, 1861; correspondence re: Amasa B. Watson G.A.R. Post No. 395, and a carte-de-visite of Amasa in his uniform. The Amasa B. Watson G.A.R. Post No. 395 and Amasa B. Watson Woman's Relief Corps, both of Grand Rapids (MI) were named in his honor. Bio: Watson (1836-1888) was a wealthy businessman. He was commissioned a Major in the 8th Michigan Infantry, a unit he raised, on Aug. 19, 1861. Shot through the thigh on Jan. 1, 1862, he resigned on Sept. 10, 1862, receiving an honorable discharge. Finding aid.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865), Company C

  • Ely, Ralph, 1819-1893. Papers, 1863-1943, 1861-1869. 9 items. Papers, include: diary, transcript of diary, and genealogies. Diary discusses health, unit movements, daily activities, negroes, and contains detailed descriptions of scouting activities. Includes brief service history. Born in New York State in 1819, Ely moved to Ionia County (MI) in 1846; moved to Alma (MI) in 1854, and served with the 8th Michigan Infantry, Company C. He rose to the rank of brigadier general. Ely became a state senator in 1873.

 

  • Howes, O. Frederick, 1914-1973. Collection, 1862, 1973. 1 cubic ft. (in 1 box), IL The collection, 1862-1973 and undated, includes: biographical materials on Howes, the Church and Holmes family, and materials documenting Ithaca (MI) Civil War veterans, particularly his ancestors, Lafayette Church, Nathan Church, and Myron R. Holmes. Of particular interest are the letters that Lafayette, Nathan, and Myron wrote to their wives, sisters, and daughters in Ithaca (MI). Also included is the Civil War diary of Charles S. Gilbert. Bio: Lafayette Church (1816-1907) and his son, Brevet Lt. Col. Nathan Church (1840- ), were Civil War heroes of Co. D, 26th Michigan Infantry. Lafayette, a First Baptist minister in Alma (MI), married and had ten children. Nathan married and had five children, founded a bank and the Gratiot Journal, and dealt in real estate. Highly respected men, the Churches were politically active and held a number of township and county offices. Myron Holmes (1830-1863) married and had two daughters. He died of disease in 1863 while a Corporal in Co. D, 26th Michigan Infantry. Gilbert served as a Corporal in Company E, Michigan 5th Cavalry. Finding aid available.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865), Company I

  • Mathewson, John B., 1844- Correspondence, 1864. 1 folder. Letter, dated Aug. 11, 1864, from Lt. Mathewson in Petersburg (Va.) to his "dear cousin Mary," describing fights with Rebels in unnamed locations, and discussing his chances of being discharged. The letter was written on U.S. Sanitary Commission letterhead. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Mathewson enlisted in Co. I, 8th Michigan Infantry in Aug. 1862 in Grand Rapids (MI) at age 18. Mustered in Feb. 1862, he participated in the following battles: James Island (SC), Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg (Va.), Vicksburg (MS), Jacksonville (MS), Blue Springs, and the Siege of Knoxville (TN). He was either enlisted as or at some time promoted to Lt. He was discharged in Petersburg (Va.) in Feb. 1865.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 9th (1861-1865)

  • Love, John C., 1840-1867. Papers, 1861-1864. 74 items. Collection includes his partial journal, September 8, 1863-October 26, 1864, and letters directed to his parents, 1861- 1864. Bio: Love was a farmer from Napoleon, Michigan, who served in the Eleventh and Ninth Michigan Infantry Regiments. He participated in campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee and in Sherman's march through Georgia.

 

  • Parkhurst, John G. (John Gibson), 1824-1906. Marshall Appointment Certificate, 1866. 1 Oversized folder. Printed certificate appointing Parkhurst Marshall for the Eastern District of Michigan, signed in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17, 1866, by Pres. Andrew Johnson, and F.W. Seward, Acting Secretary of State. The certificate has a beautiful, detailed, intact seal. A photocopy of PArkhurst's service record and photograph are included. Bio: Parkhurst enlisted and was commissioned at age 37 in the 9th Michigan Infantry as a Lt. Col. on Sept. 10, 1861 at Coldwater (MI). He was captured at Murfreesboro (TN) on July 13, 1862 and exchanged on Dec. 3, 1862. He served as Provost Marshal, 14th Army Corps, Oct. 1863-Sept. 1865 and Provost Marshal, General Military District Tennessee, June 25-Nov. 10, 1865. He was discharged at Detroit (MI) on Nov. 10, 1865. For gallantry and meritorious service, he was named Brevet Brigadier Gen., U.S. Volunteers on May 22, 1865. After the war he lived in Coldwater (MI). He was appointed Marshall for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1866.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 9th (1861-1865), Company A

  • Hunt, Robert G. Papers, 1861, 1865. Approx 3 cubic ft. (in 1 box, 7 Oversized folders). Papers of a Civil War U.S. Paymaster, 1861-1865 and undated, include: account books; business and work-related correspondence; vouchers; disbursement accounts; returns; muster rolls, muster out rolls, and pay rolls for Michigan Infantry Regiments, including the 1st Regiment, Companies H-M; 9th Regiment, Co. A; 10th Regiment, Co. A; 13th Regiment, Companies A-K and T; 19th Regiment, Co. A; and 22nd Regiment, Companies A-K. Bio: Hunt was a U.S. Paymaster for Michigan Infantry Regiments during the Civil War.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 9th (1861-1865), Company E

  • Stewart, Aura P. Correspondence, 1860, 1867. 1 folder. Eleven letters dated Nov. 5, 1860-Jan. 14, 1867. All but one letter was written to Stewart in response to his inquiries about Michigan Civil War soldiers or their land bounty applications. Michigan soldiers mentioned include: Richard King of Detroit (MI), who served in Company F, 15th Michigan Infantry; George H. Skinner of Branch County (MI), who served in Company E, 1st Michigan Infantry; William Buss or Russ of Bangor (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry; John Moran of Washtenaw County (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry; 2nd Lt. Joseph Phelps of Algonac (MI), who served in Company E, 9th Michigan Infantry; and Francis E. Bostwick of St. Clair County (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry and who was declared missing in action in 1862. There are also photocopies of the soldiers' service records. Bio: Stewart's father was Harvey Stewart. Aura is a feminine name, but Aura Stewart is referred to as "Sir" or "Esq."

 

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 11th (1861-1864)

  • Love, John C., 1840-1867. Papers, 1861-1864. 74 items. Collection includes his partial journal, September 8, 1863-October 26, 1864, and letters directed to his parents, 1861- 1864. Bio: Love was a farmer from Napoleon, Michigan, who served in the Eleventh and Ninth Michigan Infantry Regiments. He participated in campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee and in Sherman's march through Georgia.

 

  • Weber, Daniel B. Galley proofs of Ira Gillaspie's diary, titled "From Michigan to Murfreesboro." (See book)

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 11th (1861-1864), Company C

  • Gillaspie, Ira Myron Bailey, 1837-1897. Diary of Ira M. B. Gillaspie Co C Mich Inft writen in the arme 1861-62 and 3, 1861-1958, bulk, 1861-1863. 2 items. Diary primarily relating daily activities. Discusses illness, exhibits a negative attitude towards blacks, and has an account of the battle of Stone River (Murfreesboro, TN). Includes brief service history. Bio: Gillaspie was a resident of St. Joseph County, MI

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 11th (1861-1864), Company D

  • King, Doris L. Family Papers, 1822, 1877. 1 folder. Family papers, 1822-1877 and undated, include: Civil War letters between Jane and William Betts and their son, Irving J. Metcalf, 1862-1866. One of Irving's letters graphically decribes the hanging of a murderer on Feb. 9, 1862, which his Civil War company was ordered to witness. A letter from Jane's aunt notes the assassination of President Lincoln, 1865. Bio: Doris L. King died in 1989. The collection centers around Jane (Young) Metcalf Betts and her husbands, Taber Metcalf and William Betts, and son, Irving Metcalf of Burr Oak and St. Joseph County (MI), later of East Cleveland, Ohio and their relatives. Irving served in Company D, 11th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. A detailed inventory is included with the family correspondence.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 12th (1862-1866), Company D

  • Aldrich, Charissa. Correspondence, 1869, from US. Treasury Dept. re: payment due her dead brother, Capt. George Hutchins of Company D, 12th Michigan Infantry. Bio: Hutchins enlisted at Hudson (MI) on Nov. 14, 1861 at age 42; re-enlisted on Dec. 28, 1863; fought at Shiloh (TN) on April 6, 1862, and died at Cincinnati (Ohio) on July 1, 1862. No information available on Charissa.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 13th (1862-1865)

  • Hunt, Robert G. Papers, 1861, 1865. Approx 3 cubic ft. (in 1 box, 7 Oversized folders). Papers of a Civil War U.S. Paymaster, 1861-1865 and undated, include: account books; business and work-related correspondence; vouchers; disbursement accounts; returns; muster rolls, muster out rolls, and pay rolls for Michigan Infantry Regiments, including the 1st Regiment, Companies H-M; 9th Regiment, Co. A; 10th Regiment, Co. A; 13th Regiment, Companies A-K and T; 19th Regiment, Co. A; and 22nd Regiment, Companies A-K. Bio: Hunt was a U.S. Paymaster for Michigan Infantry Regiments during the Civil War.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 13th (1862-1865) Company C

  • Daniels, John. Marching Through Georgia, 1864-1865. 1 item (31 pages). Photocopy of a typescript of a diary with brief but detailed entries from mustering in to mustering out; movements; and the countryside of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina; burning of the countryside; food; a battle at Savannah; and railroads. Includes brief service history. Bio: Daniels served with the 13th Michigan Infantry Regiment, Company C.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 14th (1862-1865), Company F

  • Reed, Sumner O. Land Grant Certificate, 1865. 1 folder, IL Land Grant Certificate No. 12390 for Settlers Swamp Land in Kent County (MI), dated July 14, 1865, probably issued as a bonus for Reed's Civil War service. Bio: Reed was killed in action near the Chattahooche River (Ga.) on July 5, 1864. Perhaps this grant was given to his widow or son. Reed enlisted from Solon (MI) into Company F, Michigan 14th Infantry on Dec. 24, 1861 at age 32. He was mustered on January 7, 1862 and re-enlisted on January 4, 1864 at Franklin (TN). He was mustered again on February 5, 1864.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 15th (1862-1865), Company F

  • Stewart, Aura P. Correspondence, 1860, 1867. 1 folder. Eleven letters dated Nov. 5, 1860-Jan. 14, 1867. All but one letter was written to Stewart in response to his inquiries about Michigan Civil War soldiers or their land bounty applications. Michigan soldiers mentioned include: Richard King of Detroit (MI), who served in Company F, 15th Michigan Infantry; George H. Skinner of Branch County (MI), who served in Company E, 1st Michigan Infantry; William Buss or Russ of Bangor (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry; John Moran of Washtenaw County (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry; 2nd Lt. Joseph Phelps of Algonac (MI), who served in Company E, 9th Michigan Infantry; and Francis E. Bostwick of St. Clair County (MI), who served in Company G, 1st Michigan Infantry and who was declared missing in action in 1862. There are also photocopies of the soldiers' service records. Bio: Stewart's father was Harvey Stewart. Aura is a feminine name, but Aura Stewart is referred to as "Sir" or "Esq."

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 15th (1861-1865), Company H

  • Bebee, Nelson W. Family Correspondence, 1861-1865 of John and Nelson Bebee. Finding aid. Bio: Bebee enlisted in 1862 at age 23 in Company B, Michigan 4th Cavalry. He was promoted to Corporal 1862. Transferred to Invalid Corps in 1863 and discharged in 1865. John enlisted on Aug. 6, 1861 in Company H, Michigan 5th Infantry at age 19. He was mustered on Aug. 28, 1861, re-enlisted on Dec. 15, 1863 and was again mustered on Dec. 27, 1863. He was killed in action near Petersburg (Va.) on June 16, 1864. Also the letters of John W. Bradner, A. E. Ferdon, the Bebee sisters, and other friends.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 16th (1862-1865), Company A

  • Truesdell, Henry J., 1833- Correspondence, 1863. 1 folder. Letter (photocopy) by Truesdell, while camped in Laurel (Md.), to his "Dear Niece" Clara [Mar?], dated June 20, 1863. He wrote that the government needed protection from Copperheads and cowards and in general about the "Old Flag", and the Rebellion. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Clara was a school teacher. Truesdell enlisted in Company A, 16th Michigan Infantry at Ontonagon (MI) at age 28. He was mustered on Sept. 17, 1871 and discharged as disabled in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 12, 1862.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 17th (1862-1865), Company E

  • Engel, Seth E. Discharge certificate, 1862. Bio: Engel enlisted at Stony Creek in Company E, 17th Michigan Infantry on Aug. 7, 1862 at age 22. He was mustered Aug. 19, 1862, and discharged at Philadelphia on Dec. 22, 1862 for wounds received in action at South Mountain ( Md.) on Sept. 14, 1862. He lived in Detroit after the war.

 

  • Parker, Ralzemond A., 1843- Papers, 1835, 1917. Approx. 1 cubic ft. (in 1 box and 1 oversized folder), IL Papers, 1835-1917 and undated. About half of the collection consists of correspondence to and from Parker and friends during the Civil War. Most of these men were enlisted in Michigan Infantry units. The rest of the collection includes G.A.R. correspondence, 1888-1896, and state laws concerning disabled veterans, 1883- 1887. The oversized folder includes a list of Michigan Boys in Blue (Co. C, 1st Regiment, 5th District), 1866, a veterans group. Bio: Parker was born in 1843. He enlisted in the Michigan Infantry, 17th Regiment, Co. E in Ypsilanti (MI), in Aug. 1862. He was discharged for disability in Baltimore (Md.), in Feb. 1863. After the war, he worked in Birmingham (MI). He was active in G.A.R. and the Union Veterans' Patriotic League. Finding aid available.

 

  • Vandeventer, Herman L., 1840- Correspondence, 1862. 1 folder. Letter, dated April 26, 1862, from Vandeventer in Camp Cameron (Washington, D.C.) to Louise M. Caple and cousin Henry in Italy Hollow. The letter describes how Herman was just paid two months pay and is owed to more months pay, how marching orders are "counter mandid," the death of soldiers from smallpox, and that he is homesick. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Vandeventer enlisted in Company E, 2nd Michigan Infantry on April 17, 1861 in Niles (MI) at age 21. he was mustered on May 25, 18861. From Jan. 30- April 9, 1864, he served in Company E, 17th Michigan Infantry. On July 21, 1864, he was discharged at Detroit (MI).

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 17th (1862-1865), Company H

  • Smith, Delivan, 1844-1916. Papers, 1862, 1916. 1 folder. Papers (mostly photocopies), 1862-1916, include his notes about Andersonville Prison, where he was imprisoned from May 12, 1864-June 2, 1865; a photocopy of his service record; and his obituary. The obituary notes that he was one of 100 men in his company to survive the Battle of Spotsylvania and one of ten in the company to survive the Prison. The ten survivors were swapped from the Prison in a prisoner exchange on June 2, 1865 and placed on the steamer, Sultana, which was blown up shortly thereafter, killing over 1600 men. Smith regained consciousness as the steamer was sinking and deserted. He survived by jumping into the river and hanging onto a floating tree. He was rescued five miles downstream and returned to Memphis and placed in a military hospital. His nine comrades were killed in the explosion. He was later transported to Columbus (Ohio) and Jackson (MI). On July 20, 1865, he was mustered out of service in Detroit (MI). Bio: Delivan Smith was born at Onondaga (NY) on Dec. 6, 1844. He moved to White Pigeon (MI) in 1860. He enlisted in Company H, 17th Michigan Infantry on Dec. 25, 1862 at age 18. He was mustered three days later. On May 12, 1864, he was taken prisoner at Spotsylvania (Va.) and imprisoned at Andersonville Prison. His official record says he was mustered out at Detroit on June 2, 1865. He married Marrilla Weatherwax, in White Pigeon, on Dec. 6, 1870. They later resided in Grand Traverse County and Grayling.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 18th (1861-1865), Company I

  • Bradish, Orrin H. Diary, 1864. 1 vol. (142 pages). Brief entries describing weather; duties; deaths; and activities of units in the area, occasionally involving local negroes. A brief service history is also included. Bio: Bradish was a resident of Madison (MI) who served in the 18th Michigan Infantry, Company I.

 

  • Kneeland, Samuel M., 1838- Papers, 1864, 1905. 1 folder, IL Papers, 1864-1865 and 1905. Includes a carbon letter notebook, Sept. 26-Dec. 23, 1864, with copies of letters sent from Headquarters District, North Alabama at Decatur, Huntsville, and other locations. Loose correspondence is dated Sept. 30, 1864 (two letters), December 21-23, 1864, and Dec. 23, 1865. The Dec. 22, 1864 letter was sent from the Steamer Stone River. U.S. Military telegrams dated Dec. 18-20, 1864 and undated; two almost illegible notes, rejecting the offer of Confederate Brigadier General Abraham Buford to surrender Huntsville; miscellaneous GAR momentos; an eight-page typed article on the Tufts Family of Medford, 1905; and a carte de visite. probably of Kneeland are also included. Bio: Kneeland, a resident of Tecumseh (MI), entered the service in August 1862 as a 1st Sergeant of the Michigan Infantry Regiment, 18th, Company I. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in December 1862; served as Aide-de-Camp on the staff of Brigadier General Gillmore, January-June 1863; and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company E in December 1863. He served as Aide-de-Camp on the staff of General Gordon Granger, December 1864-June 1865. He was mustered out June 1865 at Nashville (TN).

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 19th (1862-1865), Company A

  • Hunt, Robert G. Papers, 1861, 1865. Approx 3 cubic ft. (in 1 box, 7 Oversized folders). Papers of a Civil War U.S. Paymaster, 1861-1865 and undated, include: account books; business and work-related correspondence; vouchers; disbursement accounts; returns; muster rolls, muster out rolls, and pay rolls for Michigan Infantry Regiments, including the 1st Regiment, Companies H-M; 9th Regiment, Co. A; 10th Regiment, Co. A; 13th Regiment, Companies A-K and T; 19th Regiment, Co. A; and 22nd Regiment, Companies A-K. Bio: Hunt was a U.S. Paymaster for Michigan Infantry Regiments during the Civil War.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 20th (1861-1865), Company D

  • Hall, Eugene Z., d.1864. Letter, 1862 Oct. 13. 1 item (4 pages). Letter to Carrie Clarck relating unit movements from Jackson, MI to Washington, DC. Upset about lack of Union support in Baltimore. Includes brief service history. Bio: Resident of Dexter, MI; served with the 20th Michigan Infantry. Co. D; died in 1864; buried in Arlington, VA.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 20th (1862-1865), Company E

  • Edson, Edgar. Letter, 1862 Sept 27. 1 item (2 pages). Photocopy of a typescript of a letter to his mother and sister describing the aftermath of a battle. Includes a brief service history. Bio: Resident of Parma, MI; served with the 20th Michigan Infantry, Co. E; later a resident of Ann Arbor, MI

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 21st (1862-1865), Company D

  • Fitch, Osceola B., 1840- Letter, Nov. 10, 1865, concerning Fitch's confinement from Office of the Provost Marshall General, HeadQuarters, Dept. of the Cumberland, Chattanooga (TN) Bio: Fitch enlisted in Company D, 21st Michigan Infantry at Ionia on Aug. 8, 1862 at age 23. He was mustered on Sept. 3, 1862 and mustered out at Washington, D.C., June 8, 1865.

 

  • US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 21st ( 1862-1865) Official Muster Roll, 1862- 1864. (Oversized manuscript)

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 22nd (1862-1865)

  • Hunt, Robert G. Papers, 1861, 1865. Approx 3 cubic ft. (in 1 box, 7 Oversized folders). Papers of a Civil War U.S. Paymaster, 1861-1865 and undated, include: account books; business and work-related correspondence; vouchers; disbursement accounts; returns; muster rolls, muster out rolls, and pay rolls for Michigan Infantry Regiments, including the 1st Regiment, Companies H-M; 9th Regiment, Co. A; 10th Regiment, Co. A; 13th Regiment, Companies A-K and T; 19th Regiment, Co. A; and 22nd Regiment, Companies A-K. Bio: Hunt was a U.S. Paymaster for Michigan Infantry Regiments during the Civil War.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 22nd (1862-1865), Company B

  • Butterfield, George Washington, 1843-1919. Papers, 1836, 1986. Approximately 1 cubic ft. (in 1 carton and 1 oversized folder). IL Papers, include: correspondence, 1861-1912 and undated; diaries, 1862-1865 and undated; photographs (some of which are photocopies); newspaper clippings; and publications about the Civil War or G.A.R. His Civil War materials describe his service in the Michigan Infantry 22nd Regiment Co. B, camp life, marches, the poor character traits of officers, and living conditions in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Bio: Butterfield was born on June 7, 1843, in Utica (MI). He enlisted in the Michigan Infantry 22nd Regiment, Company B in 1862, transferring a week later to the U.S. Signal Corps. He died on Oct. 7, 1919. Finding Aid.

 

  • Rowley, Nathan, 1840- Discharge Certificate, 1865. 1 folder. Discharge certificate for Rowley, dated June 26, 1865, listing his service record; physical description as five-foot- eight-inches tall, with light complexion, eyes, and hair; and the occupation of farmer. There is also a photocopy of Rowley's service record. Bio: Rowley, born in Armada (Macomb County, MI), enlisted and was mustered in Company B, 22nd Michigan Infantry at Pontiac (MI) on Sept. 1, 1864 at age 19. He was mustered out at Nashville (TN) on June 26, 1865. After the war, he lived in Capac (MI).

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 23rd (1861-1865)

  • Little, Charles D., 1832- Papers, 1837, 1903. .5 cubic ft. (in 1 box). Papers, 1837-1879, 1903, and undated, include: Civil War invoices, receipts, requisitions, lists of Quartermaster Stores, goods received, required purchases, and provision returns. Bio: Little (1832-) was a lawyer, Saginaw Circuit Court Commissioner, and Justice of the Peace. During the Civil War, he served as Quartermaster for the Michigan Infantry, 23rd Regiment, 1862-1864. Finding aid available.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 23rd (1861-1865), Company E

  • Oberlin, Henry, 1842-1864. Diary, 1864 [mimeographed copy of typescript] Diary with brief entries describing weather, camp life, troop movements, and military engagements. Includes an introduction by Ivan A. Conger, copyist of the original diary. Bio: Seville (Gratiot County, MI) resident who served in Company E, 23rd Michigan Infantry during the Civil War until his death from wounds received in action at Franklin (TN).

 

  • Van Dusen, Harry, 1834- Papers, 1865, 1893, 1903, includes his discharge certificate, 1865; G.A.R. certificate, 1893; and letter from US. Bureau of Pensions to his widow, Hannah, 1903.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 23rd (1862-1865), Company I

  • Young, Charles B., 1829-1864. Correspondence, 1864, 1865. 1 folder. Correspondence from Young, includes: a letter to "Dear Father, Wife and Children," dated Oct. 30, 1864, in Chattanooga (TN), describing a lack of tents and equipment; eating hardtack; traveling from Jackson (MI) to Indianapolis (Ind.), Louisville (Ky.), and Nashville (TN); men in his unit from Gratiot and Shiawassee Counties, and lots of Confederate prisoners of war. Letter "No. 2" from Nashville (TN), dated Nov. 8, 1864, describes a trip to Atlanta (Ga.) from Chattanooga (TN), burnt locomotives, devastated country, hopes that the war will end, and Young asks his wife to kiss his children daily. A note from Young in Nashville (TN), dated Dec. 7, 1864, describes good food, a skirmish, signs of campfires, many sick, and that all but two of his tentmates are hospitalized. His last letter to "Dear Family," dated Dec. 22, 1864, notes that his comrades drove Rebels father back, captured troops and artillery, were on night maneuvers, the battlefields were covered with dead and wounded soldiers, rain soaked supplies, and that he has been sick. The last letter is from John S. Young, Charles' brother, to "Dear Father," dated Feb. 28, 1865, and notes that he received Father's letter about Charles' death, his sorrow for Charles' wife (Elmira) and children, and that he will try to send money and get Charles' back pay. There is also a photocopy of Charles' service record. Bio: Charles Young enlisted in Company I, 23rd Michigan Infantry in Coe Township (Isabella County, MI) in 1864, at age 35. He was mustered on Sept. 22, 1864 and joined the regiment on Nov. 12, 1865. He died of disease in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10, 1865, and was buried at the National Cemetery in Arlington (Va.).

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 24th (1862-1865)

  • Marvin, Charles Wakeman, 1824-1902. Papers, 1850-1944. Includes letter form Surgeon- in-chief of the 24th Michigan Infantry, March 10, 1865, concerning discharge of soldiers for physical disability; Dr. Marvin's muster-in-roll, discharge papers, and monthly returns on clothing. Bio: Assist. Surgeon of the 24th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War.

 

  • Parker, Ralzemond A., 1843- Papers, 1835, 1917. Approx. 1 cubic ft. (in 1 box and 1 oversized folder), IL Papers, 1835-1917 and undated. About half of the collection consists of correspondence to and from Parker and friends during the Civil War. Most of these men were enlisted in Michigan Infantry units. The rest of the collection includes G.A.R. correspondence, 1888-1896, and state laws concerning disabled veterans, 1883- 1887. The oversized folder includes a list of Michigan Boys in Blue (Co. C, 1st Regiment, 5th District), 1866, a veterans group. Bio: Parker was born in 1843. He enlisted in the Michigan Infantry, 17th Regiment, Co. E in Ypsilanti (MI), in Aug. 1862. He was discharged for disability in Baltimore (Md.), in Feb. 1863. After the war, he worked in Birmingham (MI). He was active in G.A.R. and the Union Veterans' Patriotic League. Finding aid available.

 

  • Sutter, Victor, Jr. Letter of Feb. 26, 1865 from Sutter on Johnson's Island to his younger brother, Johnnie Sutter in Detroit (MI), noting Johnny's last letter, studies, and "Killing rebels by the dozen." In the Isaac Spackman Family Papers. Bio: Sutter enlisted Aug. 8, 1862 at age 19 in Company A, 24th Michigan Infantry. He was mustered five days later. On July 1, 1863, Sutter was wounded at Gettysburg. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on April 15, 1864 and discharged on July 10, 1865 at Cincinnati f rom Company E, 6th Veteran Reserve Corps.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 25th (1862-1865)

  • Aldrich, Silas C., d.1863. Widow's application for bounty, 1866 Sept. 5. 2 items. Widow's application for bounty filed by Amanda King. Notes on back regarding a claim made by Silas L. Aldrich the following year. Includes brief service history. Bio: Resident of Grattan, MI; served in the 25th MI Inf.; died of disease at Bowling Green, KY in 1863.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 26th (1862-1865), Company A

  • Dunkenlau, Herman. Collection, 1863-1999. Includes original letter, envelope, and modern transcript of Dec. 25, 1863 letter from Dunkenlau at camp by Brandy Station (Va.) to his unnamed brother-in-law. Letter about Lee's armies, retreats, a skirmish, the capture of lumber, criticism of Meade, bad weather, and regards to his family. Also included is a modern, hand drawn map of Brandy Station area.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 26th (1862-1865), Company D

  • Howes, O. Frederick, 1914-1973. Collection, 1862, 1973. 1 cubic ft. (in 1 box), IL The collection, 1862-1973 and undated, includes: biographical materials on Howes, the Church and Holmes family, and materials documenting Ithaca (MI) Civil War veterans, particularly his ancestors, Lafayette Church, Nathan Church, and Myron R. Holmes. Of particular interest are the letters that Lafayette, Nathan, and Myron wrote to their wives, sisters, and daughters in Ithaca (MI). Also included is the Civil War diary of Charles S. Gilbert. Bio: Lafayette Church (1816-1907) and his son, Brevet Lt. Col. Nathan Church (1840- ), were Civil War heroes of Co. D, 26th Michigan Infantry. Lafayette, a First Baptist minister in Alma (MI), married and had ten children. Nathan married and had five children, founded a bank and the Gratiot Journal, and dealt in real estate. Highly respected men, the Churches were politically active and held a number of township and county offices. Myron Holmes (1830-1863) married and had two daughters. He died of disease in 1863 while a Corporal in Co. D, 26th Michigan Infantry. Gilbert served as a Corporal in Company E, Michigan 5th Cavalry. Finding aid available.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 26th (1862-1866), Company H

  • Gunn, Charles A. Letter, 1863 Feb. 4. 2 items. Letter to George, describing the trip from Jackson, MI to the front near Washington. Discusses provost duty and finding troops at whorehouses and throwing them in the "slave pits." Bio: Resident of Vevay, Ingham County, MI; served with the 26th Michigan Infantry, Company H.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 26th (1862-1865), Company I

  • Carter, Theodore B. Diaries, 1864-1865. 2 vol. Diaries written after being disabled in some fashion, whether wound or disease is unclear. Initially at home with parents during the winter of 1864, Carter was later assigned to the Veteran Reserve Corps. Brief entries regarding health, correspondence, and daily routines. Includes brief service history. Bio: Carter was a resident of Lowell (MI) who served with the 26th Michigan Infantry, Company I.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 27th (1862-1865)

  • Michigan. Appointment certificate, Jan. 23, 1865, appointing John Quigley Capt. of the 27th Michigan Infantry Volunteers. The certificate was signed by Henry H. Crapo, Governor in Lansing. (Oversized manuscript) Bio: Quigley enlisted in Company H, 27th Michigan Infantry as a 1st Lt., age 37. He was commissioned on Oct. 10, 1862 and mustered on March 25, 1863. He was wounded in action at Spottsylvania (Va.) on May 12, 1864. On Dec. 10, 1864 he was commissioned Capt. of Company D. He was again mustered on Feb. 9, 1865. On July 26, 1865 he was mustered out at Delaney House, D.C.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 29th (1862-1865)

  • Parker, Ralzemond A., 1843- Papers, 1835, 1917. Approx. 1 cubic ft. (in 1 box and 1 oversized folder), IL Papers, 1835-1917 and undated. About half of the collection consists of correspondence to and from Parker and friends during the Civil War. Most of these men were enlisted in Michigan Infantry units. The rest of the collection includes G.A.R. correspondence, 1888-1896, and state laws concerning disabled veterans, 1883- 1887. The oversized folder includes a list of Michigan Boys in Blue (Co. C, 1st Regiment, 5th District), 1866, a veterans group. Bio: Parker was born in 1843. He enlisted in the Michigan Infantry, 17th Regiment, Co. E in Ypsilanti (MI), in Aug. 1862. He was discharged for disability in Baltimore (Md.), in Feb. 1863. After the war, he worked in Birmingham (MI). He was active in G.A.R. and the Union Veterans' Patriotic League. Finding aid available.

US Army Michigan Infantry Regiment, 29th (1862-1865), Company G

  • Riley, William, 1827- Pension application papers, 1889-1908, including affidavits of witnesses, and later application from his widow, Sarah. (Photocopies) Bio: served in Company G, 29th Michigan Infantry.