Michigan in the Civil War

Shearman, Francis Willett, 1817-1874.

The papers of this Marshall, Mich., newspaper editor and judge include one letter written by Thomas C. Fitzgibbon to judge Shearman (April 8, 1865). Fitzgibbon was wounded and sent to Washington where judge Shearman's brother befriended him. He expresses gratitude for the aid and bitterness at the "forgive and forget" policy appearing in the North towards the South. Fitzgibbon was a major in the 14th Michigan Infantry. The collection also includes Civil War-related speeches written by Shearman.