Michigan in the Civil War: Battles

It would be impractical to try to index all battles and skirmishes represented in letters and diaries in the Michigan Historical Collections. To make the task manageable, we have indexed only references to the 45 most important battles defined as Class "A" (having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war) in Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields, prepared by the Staff of the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, National Park Service (1993). This index generally includes only descriptions or mentions of battles by participants.

Battles in this index are arranged chronologically within the major theaters of operations of the war:

If you would like to find references to a battles or skirmish not listed here, first determine which regiments were involved in the battle by using A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, by Frederick H. Dyer, then use the regimental index to determine which of the units involved are represented in MHC collections.

Battle [sort by battle] Date(s) [sort by date] Collections
Antietam, Md. Sept. 16-Sept. 18, 1862 View collections
Appomattox Court House, Va. Apr. 9, 1865 View collections
Bentonville, N.C. Mar. 19-Mar. 21, 1865 View collections
Cedar Creek, Va. Oct. 19, 1864 View collections
Champion Hill, Miss. May 16, 1863 View collections
Chancellorsville, Va. Apr. 30-May 6, 1863 View collections
Chattanooga, Tenn. Nov. 23-Nov. 25, 1863 View collections
Chickamauga, Ga. Sept. 18-Sept. 20, 1863 View collections
Cold Harbor, Va. May 31-June 12, 1864 View collections
Corinth, Miss. Oct. 3-Oct. 4, 1862 View collections
Crater, Va. July 30, 1864 View collections
Five Forks, Va. Apr. 1, 1865 View collections
Fort Blakely, Ala. Apr. 2-Apr. 9, 1865 View collections
Fort Donelson, Tenn. Feb. 11-Feb. 16, 1862 View collections
Fort Fisher, N.C. Jan. 13-Jan. 15, 1865 View collections
Fort Stedman, Va. Mar. 25, 1865 View collections
Fort Sumter, S.C. Apr. 12-Apr. 14, 1861 View collections
Forts Jackson and St. Phillip, La. Apr. 16-Apr.28, 1862 View collections
Franklin, Tenn. Nov. 30, 1864 View collections
Fredericksburg, Va. Dec. 11-Dec. 15, 1862 View collections
Gaines' Mill, Va. June 27, 1862 View collections
Gettysburg, Pa. July 1-July 3, 1863 View collections
Glorieta Pass, N.M. Mar. 26-Mar. 28, 1862 View collections
Jonesborough, Ga. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 1864 View collections
Malvern Hill, Va. July 1, 1862 View collections
Manassas, Va. (First) July 21, 1861 View collections
Manassas, Va. (Second) Aug. 28-Aug. 30, 1862 View collections
Mansfield, La. Apr. 8, 1864 View collections
Mobile Bay, Ala. Aug. 12-Aug. 22, 1864 View collections
Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 15-Dec. 16, 1864 View collections
New Madrid/Island 10, Mo. Feb. 28-Apr. 8, 1862 View collections
Opequon, Va. Sept. 19, 1864 View collections
Pea Ridge, Ark. Mar. 6-Mar. 8, 1862 View collections
Perryville, Ky. Oct. 8, 1862 View collections
Petersburg, Va. June 15-June 18, 1864 View collections
Petersburg, Va. Apr. 2, 1865 View collections
Port Hudson, La. May 21-July 9, 1863 View collections
Shiloh, Tenn. Apr. 6-Apr. 7, 1862 View collections
Spotsylvania Court House, Va. May 8-May 21, 1864 View collections
Stones River, Tenn. Dec. 31, 1862-Jan. 2, 1863 View collections
Vicksburg, Miss. May 18-July 4, 1863 View collections
Westport, Mo. Oct. 23, 1864 View collections
Wilderness, Va. May 5-May 7, 1864 View collections
Wilson's Creek, Mo. Aug. 10, 1861 View collections
Winchester, Va. (First) May 25, 1862 View collections