Michigan in the Civil War

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Military Order Of The Loyal Legion Of The United States. Michigan Commandery

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The records of this organization of Civil War veterans includes a number of war reminiscences, papers delivered by members at the organization's meetings:

Albert F. R. Arndt, "Facts and reminiscences of the War of the Rebellion of 1861-65" (1908). Reminiscences of a few skirmishes in which he was engaged. Arndt, from Detroit, Mich., entered the service in Battery B, First Michigan Light Artillery, as second lieutenant, in 1861, and rose to major in 1865. He was wounded in action at Griswoldville, Ga., Nov. 22, 1864.

William F. Atkinson, "F. W. Swift" (1904). This is a poem about Frederick W. Swift, major in the 17th Michigan Infantry, describing the battle of Turkey Creek.

F. D. Baldwin, "Memorandum of services, Colonel Frank D. Baldwin, 1861 to 1900" [ca. 1901]. Baldwin was a captain in the 19th Michigan Infantry and later a U.S. Army officer.

Orrin Bump, "Expedition to South Carolina in 1861-2" [n.d.]. Reminiscences of his experiences during the expedition to South Carolina in 1861-1862, with special mention of the capture of Hilton Head and the battle of James Island. Bump, from Flint, Mich., rose from corporal to lieutenant, 1861-1864, in Company A, 8th Michigan Infantry.

Robert H. Campbell, "Service with the old 4th Mich. Infantry" [n.d.]. Reminiscences and a brief history of the 4th Michigan Infantry and its engagements, including an account of the battle of Gettysburg. Campbell, from Hillsdale, Mich., entered the service as first lieutenant in Company E, 4th Michigan Infantry, in July, 1862.

Edward Carrington, "A reminiscence of the Civil War" (1901). This is a poem, headed "Head Quarters First Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, on the Rapidan, Feb. 6, 1864," with a later introduction.

Leverette N. Case, "At Petersburg!" (1902) Reminiscences of the bomb-proofs before Petersburg. Case, from Jonesville, Mich., enlisted first in the 7th Michigan Infantry, then in 1st Michigan Sharpshooters, and rose from corporal to captain. He was made brevet major, U. S. Volunteers, for gallant and meritorious services in the assault before Petersburg.

William C. Claxton, "Thirty-nine years after the Battle of Shiloh" (1901) Reminiscences of the battle of Shiloh. Claxton identified himself as a former second lieutenant in 1st Missouri Engineers, but during the battle of Shiloh was probably a member of the 25th Missouri Infantry.

Ludlum C. Drake, "Recollections of the Civil War" [n.d.]. Reminiscences in which he describes a skirmish, tells of his assignment as lieutenant in 114th U. S. Colored Infantry, and gives the reasons for the regiment's being in Brazos, Texas until 1867, where he was discharged as captain. Drake, of Dover, Mich., entered the service in Company C, 18th Michigan Infantry, in 1862, as corporal.

Judson S. Farrar, "From Williamsburg to Harrison's Landing, with the Fifth Mich. Infty. 1862" [n.d.]. Reminiscences of the fighting from Williamsburg to Harrison's Landing, 1862. Farrar, from Mount Clemens, Mich., entered the service in Company B, 5th Michigan Infantry, in 1861, as captain, became lieutenant colonel in the 26th Michigan Infantry in 1862, and colonel.

George C. Hopper (left) with other officers of the 1st Michigan Infantry from the George C. Mogk papers

George C. Hopper, "From Beverley Fork to Bottoms Bridge with the 1st Michigan Infantry from May 1st to June 6th [1864]" (1913). Reminiscences of skirmishes and battles. Hopper, of Detroit, Mich., entered the service as first lieutenant in Company H, 1st Michigan Infantry, in 1861, became captain of Company C in 1862, was wounded in action at Gaines Mill, Va., June 27, 1862, wounded and taken prisoner at Manassas, Va., Aug. 30, 1862, and commissioned major in March, 1863.

Rufus W. Jacklin, "Gettysburg" (1903). Reminiscences of the battle of Gettysburg. Jacklin, of Detroit, Mich., enlisted in 1st Company Sharpshooters attached to the 16th Michigan Infantry, and rose from sergeant to major and brevet major, 1862-1865. He was taken prisoner at Spotsylvania Court House, but he was recaptured the next day by General Custer's Brigade.

Herman Kallman, "Col. Kallman's story" and "Reminiscences" [n.d.]. Two different reminiscences. Kallman was colonel of the 2nd Missouri U.S. Reserve Corps Infantry, and participated in the siege of Corinth.

Henry R. Mizner, "The Fourteenth Michigan Infantry, the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Battle of Jonesboro, Georgia, and incidents of army life" [n.d.]. Reminiscences of incidents of army life, 1861-1865, especially the battles of Stones River, the engagements before Atlanta, and the battle of Jonesboro. Mizner, of Detroit, Mich., entered the service as captain in the 18th U. S. Infantry, May 14, 1861. He was commissioned colonel, 14th Michigan Infantry, Nov. 11, 1862, made brevet major for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Murfreesboro, and brevet brigadier general for gallant and meritorious services during the war. After the war he was transferred to the U. S. Army again, retiring in 1891.

Theodore E. Potter, from his
Autobiography. Concord, N.H.,

Theodore E. Potter, "Military reminiscences of Theodore E. Potter" (1900). Potter was captain of Company C, 11th Minnesota Infantry, in 1864-1865. The reminiscence describes the Walker filibuster in Nicaragua in 1855 and service with the Minnesota militia, 1857-1863, fighting Indians, as well as the 11th Infantry.

William Putnam, "Army chaplains' work in time of war" (1901). An account of an army chaplain's duties in the front lines. Putnam was a chaplain in the 160th New York Infantry.

Henry Stark Seage, "Battle of Fredericksburg" (1899). Reminiscences of the battle of Fredericksburg, Nov. 19, 1862. Seage, of Hillsdale County, Mich., entered the service in Company E, 4th Michigan Infantry, in 1861, serving as color sergeant. He was on detached service with Company K, 1st Michigan Infantry, July 2, 1864, Petersburg, Va.

E. R. P., Shurly, "Reminiscence of the War of the Rebellion, 1861" (1904). Reminiscences of incidents in the early part of the war. Shurly was captain of Company C, 26th New York Infantry.

L. S. Trowbridge,
from his Brief
History of the Tenth
Michigan Cavalry.
Detroit, 1905.

L. S. Trowbridge, "A continuation of the narrative of the Stoneman Raid of 1865, terminating in the pursuit of Jefferson Davis" (1902), and "The surrender of Munfordville" (1906). The first paper is concerned with the pursuit of Jefferson Davis. The second contains a description, with copies of documents, of the surrender of Munfordville. Trowbridge entered the service in the 5th Michigan Cavalry as major in 1862, became lieutenant colonel in the 10th Michigan Cavalry in 1863 and colonel in 1864. He was made brevet brigadier general and brevet major general for faithful and meritorious services.

Arend Vander Veen, untitled reminiscence (1915). Brief accounts of the engagements in which the 8th Michigan Infantry participated. Vander Veen, of Holland, Mich., was hospital steward and assistant surgeon in Company D, 8th Infantry, 1861-1865.

D. R. Waters, "The brave death of Major Zenos Applington, May 15, 1862" [n.d.]. Applington commanded a battalion of the 7th Illinois Cavalry. He was killed in the siege of Corinth.

Laurens W. Wolcott, "A sketch of the Battle of Atlanta, with some personal reminiscences" (1903). Reminiscences in which he gives a vivid account of the battle of Atlanta. Wolcott was first lieutenant in the 52nd Illinois Infantry.

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