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March 25

1865

The Native Americans of Michigan's Company K fought bravely in defense of the Union Fort Stedman during the American Civil War. On June 1, 1863, the state of Michigan began recruiting Native Americans for service in the Civil War. The result was the famous Company K, an all-Indian company of soldiers. By the end of the war, roughly 150 Native Americans had served in Company K. Choosing to fly a tethered live eagle instead of a flag, these soldiers fought bravely and distinctly on many occasions in the fight to end slavery.

For more information, see Raymond Hereck, These Men have Seen Hard Service: The First Michigan Sharpshooters in the American Civil War, 1998.