Michigan's 2012
Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing

(Reenactments / Living Histories / School Programs / Commemorations / Presentations / Meetings)

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(Archived Michigan's 2011 Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing)


--January 2012--

2011 - 2012. Presentation: The Civil War, Day by Day: Letters from Emmett Cole, 8th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Website presentation of Emmett Cole's Civil War letters (1861 - 1862) are featured through Facebook from the Southern Historical Collection at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill's Wilson Special Collections Library. Emmett Cole was a 21-year old resident of Barry County, Michigan when he enlisted at Woodland, Michigan as a Private in Company F, 8th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry. On June 16, 1862, he was a prisoner of war in Secessionville, South Carolina. He was subsequently exchanged and later discharged on October 13, 1862 in Annapolis, Maryland. Website: http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/civilwar/index.php/tag/emmett-cole/.

1 - February 5. Museum Civil War Exhibit: Plowshares into Swords, (Michigan Historical Museum, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan). In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Michigan Historical Museum has created Plowshares into Swords, a special exhibit exploring how the war changed Michiganians' lives. When Michigan joined the Union in 1837, it was an agricultural state whose citizens were opposed to slavery. The decades leading up to the war saw Michiganians developing the copper, iron and timber resources around them, and strengthening their antislavery voice by founding the Republican Party. Then, the firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, tore the nation in two. In the first confusing and turbulent years of the war, Michigan faced issues of how to recruit, finance and equip soldiers. Meanwhile, communities and individuals responded to the call for people on the home front to join in the war effort. Plowshares into Swords features rich personal stories and period artifacts, including a changing array of rarely displayed Michigan Civil War flags. Michigan Historical Center contact: 517-373-6362. State Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-54463_54464_40016-251621--,00.html.

1 - 2013. Exhibit: Michigan and the Civil War: the 150th Anniversary (Heritage Gallery, Michigan State University Museum [located on campus on West Circle Drive, immediately east of Beaumont Tower and just north of the Main Library], Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan). April 12, 1861 marks the anniversary of the date that shots were fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, sparking the United States' Civil War. Now, 150 years later, schools, museums, libraries and learning centers will take this time to reflect on this pivotal point in our nation's history. Drawn from the Michigan State University (MSU) Museum's historical collection, the exhibit highlights Michigan connections in the Civil War. Notably, the entire first graduating class of the Michigan Agricultural College (now MSU) was excused before the graduation ceremonies in 1861 so that they could join the Union Army. Another thread: Luther Baker, the man who led the capture of Lincoln's assassin, was a Michigan native who returned to Lansing after the war. Several artifacts relate to Civil War General John G. Parkhurst from Coldwater, Michigan, who spent time in the notorious Confederate Libby Prison. Other artifacts include Civil War uniforms, weapons, camp goods, medical equipment -- including an amputation and surgery kit - Grand Army of the Republic Veterans' mementos, and objects relating to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Although no battles were fought on Michigan soil, Michigan does have a number of compelling ties to the war. The exhibit will convey a sense of daily life from the era. The exhibit is not attempting to tell the whole story of the Civil War and all its battles; rather, with the MSU collection, a flavor is given of what it was like to live through the war either as a participant or as someone on the home front waiting for a friend or relative to return from the conflict. Contact: Val Roy Berryman, Curator of History MSU Museum at berryma2@msu.edu or by Telephone at 517-355-0322.

6, 7 and 8. Workshop: Victorian Corsets (406 S Main Street, Leslie, Michigan) Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Level Advanced. Cost $100. Website: http://www.thedressmakersshop.com. Contact: Kimberly Lynch at 517-589-5923, Toll Free: 888-589-5923.

8. Premiere Showing: PBS American Experience Documentary on the Life of General George A. Custer (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 2:00 PM Showing (1:00 PM Reception). The premiere will be held at the River Raisin Center for the Arts (next to the museum) and prior to the showing a 1:00 PM a reception will be held at the Museum. Sponsored by the The Friends of the Monroe County Historical Museum. Admission is FREE! Contact: Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Contact Shawna Mazur at shawna_mazur@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7780.

9. Presentation: Austin Blair: Michigan's Civil War Governor (American Legion Post #29, 3200 Lansing Avenue, Jackson, Michigan) 7:00 PM The presenter will be well known Capitol Historian Kerry Chartkoff. In 1987, she began working on the restoration of the State Capitol. She also served as Executive Director of the Michigan Capitol Committee, the legislative-executive body charged with the restoration and maintenance of the Capitol. In 1992, she successfully nominated the Michigan State Capitol as a National Historic Landmark. In 1999, she was recognized as the recipient of the Governor John B. Swainson Award (recognizing contributions toward preserving Michigan history) for her work on "Save the Flags." She also curated several exhibits at the Michigan Historical Museum, including in 1996 one on "Rally Round the Flags" and in 2004-2005 one on Capitol artist Tomasso Juglaris. Although recently retired, still holds the title of Capitol Historian, the first to hold that position. She currently co-chairs, with Matt VanAcker, the state’s "Save the Flags" project, dedicated to preserving, researching, and exhibiting the Capitol's collection of Michigan Civil War battle flags. Contact: Bill Lowe at suvmibill@comcast.net.

14. Civil War Saturday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The Grand Rapids Public Museum recently opened a Civil War exhibit called Thank God For Michigan. The Museum plans on holding various programs and events to tie in to this rich and popular exhibit. . This event is a sort of Civil War “fair” – offering Civil War groups from around the area an opportunity to showcase their organization to visiting Museum guests. If you would be interested in joining us at the Museum for “Civil War Saturday” – either to make a presentation or to host an informational table, please call or email for more information. There are limited spots available. Contact: Website: http://www.grmuseum.org/. Wendy Batchelder at wbatchelder@grmuseum.org or telephone at 616-929-1720.

14. Workshop: Infant/Child Dress (406 S Main Street, Leslie, Michigan) Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Level High Beginner. Cost $40. Website: http://www.thedressmakersshop.com. Contact: Kimberly Lynch at 517-589-5923, Toll Free: 888-589-5923.

18  Screening and Presentation The Michigan Experience: The American Civil War Years (Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint, Michigan) 6:00 PM. Mr. Rodney Brown, Producer/Director of iMichigan Productions will present an introduction on the making and significance of the first of four-part series program that focuses on Michigan’s role in the Civil War. The first film takes a considerable portion of its footage from the 2010 Jackson Cascades Civil War Muster. IMichigan Productions has been fortunate to have major news anchors from all of the Michigan markets (from Marquette to Detroit) participate in this production as hosts introducing various segments of the show. This is really unprecedented in terms of the state's commercial media coming together to support a public television program and offers a great opportunity for cross promotion and programming distribution. The program truly demonstrates Michigan's patriotism and is sure to be a rallying point for citizens today. Website: http://www.fpl.info/. Flint Public Library Telephone (810-232-7111).

21. Program: The Civil War in Person (Michigan Historical Museum, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan). 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. In conjunction with the Civil War Sesquicentennial exhibit, Plowshares into Swords that runs through February 5, 2012, the Civil War exhibits will be brought to life through living history and interaction with the public. Special hands-on displays will demonstrate a detailed look at women’s clothing, children’s toys and games and the soldier’s uniform, personal items and food. From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, youngsters will be able to enlist in the Union Army, participate in a drill called The School of the Soldier, and then received a military discharge following their service. As a special treat, President Lincoln also will be present to greet and talk with people. This special program The Civil War in Person is free but the Museum now charges an admission fee. Individual admission charges for visitors to the Michigan Historical Museum are as follows: Adults (18+) - $6 / Seniors (65+) - $4 / Youth (6-17) - $2 (optional) / Children up to 5 years – Free. Contact: Bruce Butgereit of History Remembered, Inc at civil-war@comcast.net. or by Telephone at 616-827-3369.

21 and 22. Workshop: Drawn Silk Bonnetts (406 S Main Street, Leslie, Michigan) Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Intermediate. Cost $100. Website: http://www.thedressmakersshop.com. Contact: Kimberly Lynch at 517-589-5923, Toll Free: 888-589-5923.

30  Public Television ProgramThe Michigan Experience: The American Civil War Years (WCML 6 TV Alpena, WCMV TV 27 Cadillac, WCMW TV 21 Manistee, WCMU TV 14 Mt. Pleasant, WCMZ-TV 28 Flint) 10:00 PM. On behalf of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners and iMichigan Productions, we are pleased to announce that the first of four-part series that focuses on Michigan’s role in the Civil War will air January 30, 2012 on several public broadcast television stations across the state. The first film takes a considerable portion of its footage from the 2010 Jackson Cascades Civil War Muster. IMichigan Productions has been fortunate to have major news anchors from all of the Michigan markets (from Marquette to Detroit) participate in this production as hosts introducing various segments of the show. This is really unprecedented in terms of the state's commercial media coming together to support a public television program and offers a great opportunity for cross promotion and programming distribution. The program truly demonstrates Michigan's patriotism and is sure to be a rallying point for citizens today. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by telephone at 517-694-9394.

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4. Civil War Concert (Michigan Historical Museum, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan). 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The Fifth Michigan Regiment Band will perform at the Michigan Historical Museum February 4th. The 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, a unit witch saw action at the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg during the Civil War was mustered into service on August 28, 1861 at Fort Wayne in Detroit. One hundred fifty years later the modern 5th Michigan Regiment Band brings Civil War history to thousands of spectators each year through music and historical narration. On the last weekend to see the museums Civil War exhibit, Plowshares into Swords (closing Feb 5.) the band will be dressed in their Union blues and performing Civil War-era music on antique and replica sax horns and wood rope tension drums. The selection will include popular marches, polkas, waltzes and quicksteps of the 1860s that were played during parades and at military balls on both sides of the Mason Dixon line. Lt. Col. Guy Smith, director of the band, has meticulously transcribed and orchestrated the band’s music using the original scores preserved in the National Archives. On May 18, 2011, the Michigan State House of Representatives named the 5th Michigan Regiment Band the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Band. The concert will be held in the museum’s first floor Forum Auditorium. The event is free with regular museum admission. Contact Jeremy Dimick at dimickj@michigan.gov or by telephone at 517-241-6852.

11. Drill: 7th Michigan School of Instruction for Officers and NCOs (White Pine Academy, 510 Russell Street, Leslie, Michigan) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The school will be open an hour before drill begins so we can begin promptly at 10:00. Lessons will concentrate on basic maneuvers and formations taken from Casey’s School of the Company, School of the Battalion, up to and including some Brigade Evolutions. Instruction will concentrate on positioning and movements of Corporals up through Colonels within the different evolutions. In addition to basic maneuvers, we will be practicing Dress Parade, basic guard mount, Color Company and Color Guard, basics of skirmishing, etc. Mark Heath will be incorporating bugle signals into our movements throughout the day. Other units from throughout the state (or from out-of-state if they wish to come) are invited to attend. All ranks are invited participate (to include privates) but realize this is for the benefit of NCOs and Officers. All attendees should wear their uniform with current rank; bring their rifle, accouterments, and SOFT-SOLED SHOES. Contact: Tom Emerick at tomjoanemerick@hotmail.com.

12. Civil War Concert (Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter, Michigan). 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, a unit witch saw action at the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg during the Civil War was mustered into service on August 28, 1861 at Fort Wayne in Detroit. One hundred fifty years later the modern 5th Michigan Regiment Band brings Civil War history to thousands of spectators each year through music and historical narration. The band will be dressed in their Union blues and performing Civil War-era music on antique and replica sax horns and wood rope tension drums. The selection will include popular marches, polkas, waltzes and quicksteps of the 1860s that were played during parades and at military balls on both sides of the Mason Dixon line. Lt. Col. Guy Smith, director of the band, has meticulously transcribed and orchestrated the band’s music using the original scores preserved in the National Archives. On May 18, 2011, the Michigan State House of Representatives named the 5th Michigan Regiment Band the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Band. Contact Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

12. Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Commemoration (Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC). Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Wreath laying. Website: http://suvcw.org/mollus.htm.

18. Film Presentation: The Civil War and Underground Railroad Connection. (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. The screening will include a brief introduction by filmmaker, Jeff O'Den, followed by the 35- or 45-minute film. Mr. O'Den also will be present for a question and answer session following the film. Copies of the DVD will be available for sale at the program as well. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the The Friends of the Monroe County Historical Museum. Admission is FREE! Contact: Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Shawna Mazur at shawna_mazur@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7780.

18. Workshop: Banded Hat Boxes (406 S Main Street, Leslie, Michigan) Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Beginner. Cost $40. Website: http://www.thedressmakersshop.com. Contact: Kimberly Lynch at 517-589-5923, Toll Free: 888-589-5923.

20 and 23  Public Television ProgramThe Michigan Experience: The American Civil War Years (WGVU TV 35 West Michigan) 4:00 AM and 11:00 PM. On behalf of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners and iMichigan Productions, we are pleased to announce that the first of four-part series that focuses on Michigan’s role in the Civil War will air February 20 and 23, 2012 on WGVU (Grand Valley University public broadcast television station). The first film takes a considerable portion of its footage from the 2010 Jackson Cascades Civil War Muster. IMichigan Productions has been fortunate to have major news anchors from all of the Michigan markets (from Marquette to Detroit) participate in this production as hosts introducing various segments of the show. This is really unprecedented in terms of the state's commercial media coming together to support a public television program and offers a great opportunity for cross promotion and programming distribution. The program truly demonstrates Michigan's patriotism and is sure to be a rallying point for citizens today. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by telephone at 517-694-9394.

25. 16th Annual Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball and Swap Meet (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capital, Lansing, Michigan) Swap Meet 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Ball: 6:00 PM. Music provided by the Golden Griffon, Dance Prompt conducted by Karen Dunnam. Sponsored by the 8th Arkansas/22nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Tickets cost $15.00 per person. Advance tickets will be available November 15, 2011. Tickets also will be available at the Swap meet and at the door. Contact: Diana Means at Dmeans13@hotmail.com or by Telephone at 810-599-5935.

25 and 26. Workshop: Finishing Your Project (406 S Main Street, Leslie, Michigan) Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. All Levels. Cost $10. Website: http://www.thedressmakersshop.com. Contact: Kimberly Lynch at 517-589-5923, Toll Free: 888-589-5923.

28. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar - Annie Etheridge, Civil War Nurse and Kearny Cross Winner (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. One of the most well-known Civil War women was Annie Etheridge, a Michigan resident. Once of newspaper renown, few today know the story of this remarkable woman, who, at age twenty-one, volunteered to serve her country from 1861-1865 as a nurse. While other famous women of the Civil War, such as Louisa May Alcott, Cornelia Hancock, and Sarah Emma Edmonds published their memoirs, Annie’s story was left to be told by newspapers, her contemporaries and those who knew her best – the soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. This presentation illuminates the life of this remarkable young woman who served four years with Michigan troops in the role of what today would be called a combat medic. Civil War Living Historians of History Remembered, Inc., Bruce, Marcia, and Bernadette Butgereit will make Annie’s story come alive. Each year, the Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War sponsor a series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm. Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

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--March 2012--

3. Presentation: From the Words of the Soldiers: The Story of Annie Etheridge, Civil War Nurse (Grand Rapids Public Library – Ryerson Room at the Main Library, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM. One of the most well-known Civil War women was Annie Etheridge, a Michigan resident. Once of newspaper renown, few today know the story of this remarkable woman, who, at age twenty-one, volunteered to serve her country from 1861-1865 as a nurse. While other famous women of the Civil War, such as Louisa May Alcott, Cornelia Hancock, and Sarah Emma Edmonds published their memoirs, Annie’s story was left to be told by newspapers, her contemporaries and those who knew her best – the soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. This presentation illuminates the life of this remarkable young woman who served four years with Michigan troops in the role of what today would be called a combat medic. Civil War Living Historians of History Remembered, Inc., Bruce, Marcia, and Bernadette Butgereit will make Annie’s story come alive. Sponsored by West Michigan Genealogical Society. Free and open to the public. Website: Website: http://www.wmgs.org/. Contact: West Michigan Genealogical Society at wmgs@wmgs.org.

10. Drill: 7th Michigan Drill: School of the Company and Battalion(White Pine Academy, 510 Russell Street, Leslie, Michigan) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The school will be open an hour before drill begins so we can begin promptly at 10:00. Lessons will concentrate on basic maneuvers and formations taken from Casey’s School of the Company, School of the Battalion, up to and including some Brigade Evolutions. Instruction will concentrate on positioning and movements of Corporals up through Colonels within the different evolutions. In addition to basic maneuvers, we will be practicing Dress Parade, basic guard mount, Color Company and Color Guard, basics of skirmishing, etc. Mark Heath will be incorporating bugle signals into our movements throughout the day. Other units from throughout the state (or from out-of-state if they wish to come) are invited to attend. All ranks are invited participate. All attendees should wear their uniform with current rank; bring their rifle, accouterments, and SOFT-SOLED SHOES. Contact: Tom Emerick at tomjoanemerick@hotmail.com.

11. One Book, One Community of Monroe County (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). Beginning 1:00 PM. Sunday March 11th will be a full day the Monroe County Historical Museum. At 1 p.m. Karin Risko and David Ingall will present a power point presentation on their book, Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Michigan Sites Significant to the Civil War. This is the comprehensive Michigan history travel guide you’ve been waiting for! From Monroe to Copper Harbor, this guide features over 200 sites such as historic homes, monuments, markers, museum exhibits, cemeteries and forts related to Michigan and the Civil War. It also identifies numerous sites of interest pertaining to abolition and Michigan’s role in the Underground Railroad. The books, hot off the press, can be purchased for $20 each and the authors will be available for book signing. The kick-off event of the 2012 One Book, One Community of Monroe County program will be hosted at the Monroe County Historical Museum. Monroe's own Steve Alexander will portray General George Custer and discuss how the Civil War impacted Custer and Libby's own relationship which began in 1862, drawing parallels between real figures involved in this conflict and those in the novel. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of our local historic museum led by the General himself. Local Monroe band Fiddlesix will present a re-enactment of historic 19th century music on-site as well following the discussion for those opting out of the tour. Fiddlesix, Mohn family of Monroe, Michigan will bring the sound and music of the early 19th century to the museum. Fiddlesix plays at reenacting events in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Their music, instruments, and attire can be dated to the 1812 Regency period. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Shawna Mazur at shawna_mazur@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7780.

17. PresentationCivil War Nurses Clara Barton and Susie King Taylor (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 11:00 AM. In honor of Women's History Month, March being Red Cross Month and in Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the American Red Cross and Monroe County Historical Museum are presenting a program about Civil War nurses Clara Barton and Susie King Taylor. Clara Barton was considered an "Angel of the Battlefield" during the Civil War and later she founded the American Red Cross in 1881. Syusie King Tayolr was the first African American Civil War nurse. Their Civil War biographies will be shared by Laura Schultz Pipis, CEO of the Monroe County Red Cross. Chris Kull, Historical Museum Archivist, also will talk about the clothing and supplies Ms. Barton and Mrs. King Taylor would have worn and used for their Civil War duties. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Shawna Mazur at shawna_mazur@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7780.

17. Civil War Concert (Grace A Dow Memorial Library, 1710 W Saint Andrews Rd, Midland, Michigan). 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, a unit witch saw action at the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg during the Civil War was mustered into service on August 28, 1861 at Fort Wayne in Detroit. One hundred fifty years later the modern 5th Michigan Regiment Band brings Civil War history to thousands of spectators each year through music and historical narration. The band will be dressed in their Union blues and performing Civil War-era music on antique and replica sax horns and wood rope tension drums. The selection will include popular marches, polkas, waltzes and quicksteps of the 1860s that were played during parades and at military balls on both sides of the Mason Dixon line. Lt. Col. Guy Smith, director of the band, has meticulously transcribed and orchestrated the band’s music using the original scores preserved in the National Archives. On May 18, 2011, the Michigan State House of Representatives named the 5th Michigan Regiment Band the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Band. Contact Carol Smith at gandcsmith@comcast.net.

24. Presentation: In Their Words: The Story of Annie Etheridge, Civil War Nurse. (Fremont Area District Library, 104 E. Main, Fremont, Michigan). 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. One of the most well-known Civil War women was Annie Etheridge, a Michigan resident. Once of newspaper renown, few today know the story of this remarkable woman, who, at age twenty-one, volunteered to serve her country from 1861-1865 as a nurse. While other famous women of the Civil War, such as Louisa May Alcott, Cornelia Hancock, and Sarah Emma Edmonds published their memoirs, Annie’s story was left to be told by newspapers, her contemporaries and those who knew her best – the soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. This presentation illuminates the life of this remarkable young woman who served four years with Michigan troops in the role of what today would be called a combat medic. Civil War Living Historians of History Remembered, Inc., Bruce, Marcia, and Bernadette Butgereit will make Annie’s story come alive. Sponsored by the Fremont Area District Library. Free and open to the public. Website: Website: http://www.fremontlibrary.net/. Contact: Jill Hansen, Reference and Teen Services Librarian, at jehansen@fremontlibrary.net or by telephone at 231-928-0256.

24. Regency Exhibition Ball (Palais Royale, South Bend, Indiana) 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. PERIOD BALL 1800-1825 DRESS. Featuring Glen Morningstar and the Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband. Tickets $35.00 until February 24th, afterwards $45.00. Website: http://regencymasqueradeball.blogspot.com/. Contact: regencyexhibitionball@gmail.com or Telephone at 616-460-5315.

24. Presentation: American Civil War from 1860-1865. (Jackson District Library, 244 West Michigan, Jackson, Michigan). Two Presentations: Noon to 1:45 PM and 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM. Come learn about the American Civil War. Seating is limited to 30 people. Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/366476830031335/.

27. School Program (Emmanuel Lutheran School, 1001 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan) Time to be Determined. Civilian and Military demonstrations. 7th Michigan Contact: Don Everett at djkeverett@comcast.net or by Telephone at 517-393-3475

30 - 31. Michigan Department of the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic Annual Encampment (Convention) (Great Lakes Christian College, 6211 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, Michigan). Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Daughter of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Woman's Relief Corps, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, and Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War annual meetings. Website: http://www.suvcwmi.org/. Contact: Don Shaw p31713@aol.com.

29 - April 1. 150th Anniversary Battle Reenactment of Shiloh (1150 Hwy 22, Shiloh, Tennessee). Sponsored by the Blue/Gray Alliance. Website: http://shiloh150.org/.

30 - April 1. 150th Anniversary Battle Reenactment of Shiloh (145 Possum Trot Rd, Counce, Tennessee). Sponsored by the Armies of Tennessee. Website: http://shiloh150th.com/index.html.

31. Workshop: Day Caps, 1850 - 1860s (406 S Main Street, Leslie, Michigan) Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. High Beginner. Cost $40. Website: http://www.thedressmakersshop.com. Contact: Kimberly Lynch at 517-589-5923, Toll Free: 888-589-5923.

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1. Workshop: Day Caps, 1850 - 1860s (406 S Main Street, Leslie, Michigan) Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Beginner. Cost - To be Determined. Website: http://www.thedressmakersshop.com. Contact: Kimberly Lynch at 517-589-5923, Toll Free: 888-589-5923.

3. Program: Lest We Forget (Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road., Southfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Website: http://www.southfieldlibrary.org/. Contact: Telephone 248-796-4224.

7. Civil War Trust- National Park Day (Historical Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). Start time: 9 AM. Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building. The nationwide effort is underwritten with a grant from History!", formerly The History Channel, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Take Pride in America event. Planned Activity: Paint, minor restoration projects on historical homes (43 buildings), remove overgrowth from moat and upper walls of Fort, clean up along fence line for public areas, plant flowers in gardens around Fort property. Websites: Historic Fort Wayne - http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/. Contact: Tom Berlucchi at TBERLUCCHI@YAHOO.COM, Telephone: 248-840-5234.

12. Presentation: The Soldier in Our Civil War (Cub Scout Pack 3301, Woodcliff Elementary, 2915 Hall St. SE, East Grand Rapids, Michigan). 6:00PM - 7:30 PM. The story of the soldier in our Civil War is brought to life through Civil War Living Historians Bruce and Bruce II Butgereit of History Remembered, Inc. Focusing on the local 3rd Michigan Infantry Regiment, the presentation includes a look at the soldier's uniform, his equipment and personal items including his food. The weapons the soldier used are shared in a professional and respectful way that is age-appropriate. The program will close with discussion on how the Cub Scouts will partner with History Remembered and the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States in restoring a local Civil War memorial. Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 3301. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

12. School Program (Birney School, 27225 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan) Time to be Determined. Civilian and Military demonstrations. 7th Michigan Contact: Don Everett at djkeverett@comcast.net or by Telephone at 517-393-3475.

14. 56th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony (Oakridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois). Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Parade to and Wreath laying at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln. Website: http://suvcw.org/mollus/oldsave/2012lincolntomb.pdf. Contact rpetro7776@aol.com or by Telephone at 636-274-4567.

16. Presentation: In their Words: The Story of Annie Etheridge, Civil War Nurse (Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, 2510 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 6:30Pm - 8:00 PM. One of the most well-known Civil War women was Annie Etheridge, a Michigan resident. Once of newspaper renown, few today know the story of this remarkable woman, who, at age twenty-one, volunteered to serve her country from 1861-1865 as a nurse. While other famous women of the Civil War, such as Louisa May Alcott, Cornelia Hancock, and Sarah Emma Edmonds published their memoirs, Annie's story was left to be told by newspapers, her contemporaries and those who knew her best, the soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. This presentation illuminates the life of this remarkable young woman who served four years with Michigan troops in the role of what today would be called a combat medic. Civil War Living Historians Bruce, Marcia, and Bernadette Butgereit of History Remembered, Inc., will make Annie's story come alive. Sponsored by Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

20 - 22. 2012 Combined Arms Drill (Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). Are you tired of winter yet? Have you spent the last several months sitting in your living room with your uniform on and pack strapped to your back anxiously awaiting the calendar to change??? Then let's welcome in the spring back by garrisoning our favorite Michigan historical Civil War Fort and most wonderful link to our Civil War past. We will be honoring our drill and tactical skills. Union Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry encouraged to attend. Website: http://www.fortwaynebattaliondrill.com. Contact: Scott Cummings at scottyhomeseller@charter.net.

27. School Program (Ovid-Elsie School, 8989 Colony Road, Else, Michigan) Noon - To end of school determined. 8th Grade Program. Civilian and Military demonstrations, firing demonstration, and student firing. Program is planned for outdoors. Bring hard tack samples, great coats, packs, Ladies' clothing and underpinnings, Men's Civilian clothing, games. Military and Civilian participation encouraged. 7th Michigan Contact: Don Everett at djkeverett@comcast.net or by Telephone at 517-393-3475.

28. Monroe County Civil War Fund Memorial Dinner (Monroe VFW Hall, 400 Jones Ave., Monroe, Michigan). Doors Open at 5:30 PM with dinner starting at 6:00 PM. Special guests will be Fred Priebe at Abraham Lincoln and the Black River Boys. Tickets cost $20.00 and are available through the Monroe County Historical Museum. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door. Website: http://mcmcws.wordpress.com/?s=Monument. Contact: David Ingal at dcicw@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 734-240-7780.

28. Formal 1860s Civil War Spring Ball (Historic Masonic Temple, 45 East Chicago St, Coldwater, Michigan). 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Guests are to be 13 and over, dressed in Civil War period attire. Music by Glen Morningstar,Jr and the Ruffwater String Band. Finger foods and beverages served. Tickets: $15.00 by mail until April 26th, $20.00 at Door. Website: http://www.cwcwmi.com/. Contact: Dave McKee at dm307mckee@charter.net.

30. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar - Citizens and Soldiers (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The topic of the presentation will provide a unique look will be provided showcasing the Union Army's role in occupying southern cities during the Civil War. The presenter will be Mark Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and previously served as Deputy Director for the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries. He is author of the award-winning Civil War book, “My Brave Mechanics: The Michigan Engineers and Their Civil War” (Wayne State University Press, 2007). He is currently working on another book on the American Civil War scheduled to be released in 2013. This newest publication will focus on the conflict between Union soldiers and Southern civilians, using the journal of a Michigan soldier. Mr. Hoffman will speak about the complicated relations between Union soldiers occupying Southern territory and the civilians who sympathized with the Confederate war effort. While the entire breadth of the conflict will be explored, the primary focus will be on the geographic area located between the Mississippi River and the Appalachian Mountains. Particular attention will be paid to Michigan units and soldiers who were involved in occupying Southern cities and towns once the main Union forces moved further south against the main Confederate armies. This rear area was vital as a supply corridor for Union forces. As the war reached its third and fourth year, Union soldiers were increasingly subjected to fatal attacks and responded with ever more harsh retaliations. Caught in the middle of this conflict were enslaved African-Americans, longing for freedom but facing great risk if they sought to flee to Union lines. At times, the response from Union troops to their quest for freedom was sympathetic and encouraging, other times cold and brutal. Come join us as award winning author Mark Hoffman leads us on a captivating journey of this segment of America's Civil War history. Each year, the Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War sponsor a series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm. Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

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--May 2012--

2. School Program – Civil War Days Birney K-8 School (Troy Historical Village, 60 West Wattles Road, Troy, Michigan) 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. The program is an educational and enriching program for 8th grade students from several cities in Oakland and Macomb County. Some of the area that they need volunteers are blacksmithing, troops, reenactors for dramatic presentation, and cavalry. Website: http://troyhistoricvillage.org/. Contact Ginny by telephone at 248-524-3570.

4. Presentation: The Black Soldier in Our Civil War (Hilton Hotel, 4747 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 6:00 - 8:30 PM. The story of the soldier in our Civil War is brought to life through Civil War Living Historians Bruce and Bruce II Butgereit of History Remembered, Inc. Focusing on the 102nd United States Colored Troops, the presentation includes a look at the soldier's uniform, his equipment and personal items including his food. Guests include representatives of Ga, Ghana, Africa. Sponsored by the City of Grand Rapids Sister City's program. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

4 - 6. Parade Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Mexican-French Battle of Cinco de Mayo (Puebla, Mexico). The state of Puebla, Mexico has invited the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States to arrange to bring Union Civil War soldiers to march with the Mexican Army in it’s parade commemorating the 150th anniversary of it’s victory over the French in the battle of Puebla, Mexico on May 5, 1862. Details are still be finalized but currently, the stay would be for the weekend May 4 - 6. People can stay longer since we are planning for a conference that they also would be welcome to attend (the dates of which have not yet been set). There will be a formal dinner on one of these dates (probably May 5th) but that has not been finalized yet. We have been provided assurances that Mexican government would support whatever may be needed to bring fire arms and swords and that it would support whoever comes with lodging and general logistics and local transportation. We are looking setting up an official” travel agency to make travel a little easier and an airfare discount, and we are looking into providing funding for air travel for those who wish to march in the parade but who absolutely and honestly cannot afford it. You absolutely need a passport. Significance of the Battle of Cinco de Mayo to the US: Some historians have argued that France's real goal was to help break up the American Union, at the time in the midst of a civil war, by helping the southern Confederacy. The consequence of Cinco de Mayo to the United States has been thus recognized: The Emperor of France ordered his generals to spend a few months taking on Mexico and then - using Mexico as a 'base' - help the Confederates win their war against the United States. The defeat of the French army at Puebla, Mexico had consequences for America since it denied Napoleon III the opportunity to resupply the Confederate government for another year and terminated his ambitions to see the United States split into two countries. Website: http://suvcw.org/mollus/molus.htm. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394.

11. School Program: Walker Civil War Reenactment (Walker Tavern Historic Site 13220 M-50 Brooklyn, Michigan) 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Bring the Civil War alive for your students. Come to Walker Tavern Historic Site on Friday, May 11 for a special program and tour of the Civil War Encampment. Civilian and military reenactors will introduce students to the Civil War through living history demonstrations. Students will tour the Union and Confederate military camps to find out how the soldiers lived, what they ate, what they wore and how they survived. They'll see demonstrations of musket firing skills and students may be recruited to drill with the soldiers. Students will visit civilian camps to learn about daily life in the 19th century. They may find themselves making pies, playing period games, or making bandages for the medics at a field hospital. Students may bring a picnic lunch and should dress for outdoor activities. Reservations required. Cost:$2 per student, teachers and chaperons are free. Website: http://www.michigan.gov/walkertavern. Contact: valentinec@michigan.gov or by Telephone at 517-467-4401.

12 - 13. Historic Walker Tavern Civil War Muster (13220 M-50 at US -12) Step back in time. Hear the roar of cannons. Smell the smoke. Over 200 reenactors will recreate the sights and sounds of the Civil War May 12 and 13 at Walker Tavern Historic Site. See the Confederate and Union forces exchange musket fire and clash in battles both Saturday and Sunday. Visit the civilian and military camps and stroll through the village to experience what life was like in the 1860s Shop the Sutler's row to purchase items that would have been found in 19th century shops. Play period games. History will come alive for you and your family. Sponsored by the 5th Texas Company E, the USS Michigan Marine Guard, and Walker Tavern Historic Site which is a part of the Michigan Historical Museum System and the Department of Natural Resources. Cost: Daily admission charge is $3 for adults, $1 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Website: http://www.michigan.gov/walkertavern. Contacts: Union Coordinator: Paul Davis at pdmarcomm@aol.com, Civilian Coordinator: Belinda Grier at marieptam@gmail.com Registration forms at http://www.5thtexascoe.com.

14 - 18. School Program – Civil War Days (Troy Historical Village, 60 West Wattles Road, Troy, Michigan) 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. The program is an educational and enriching program for 8th grade students from several cities in Oakland and Macomb County. Some of the area that they need volunteers are blacksmithing, troops, reenactors for dramatic presentation, and cavalry. Website: http://troyhistoricvillage.org/. Contact Ginny by Telephone at 248-524-3570.

18. School Program (Midland Academy of Advanced & Creative Studies Festival of Learning, 4653 E. Bailey Bridge Road, Midland, Michigan) Time to be Determined. Civilian and Military demonstrations. 7th Michigan Contact: Don Everett at djkeverett@comcast.net or by Telephone at 517-393-3475.

18. School Program (Brandywine Senior High School, 1700 Bell Road, Niles, Michigan) The Brandywine High School History Club in co-operation with the 5th Annual Brandywine Civil War Muster will host over 500 local Elementary and Middle School Students from South Western Michigan and Northern Indiana on Friday morning May 18th. Local students will be able to tour the camp and meet the reenactors. The camp will be split up into sections where the students will learn various, day in the life lessons from the reenactors. These lessons range from Federal Infantry, Confederate infantry, Civilian Life, how they cook their food, roll their tobacco, load and fire their rifles, and an artillery demonstration. This is a great opportunity for students and reenactors alike. Take advantage of this beautiful piece of property set on 70+ acres full of wildlife with walking trails, a secluded wilderness camp, surrounded by woods, a pond, and a creek. Contact: Shawn Low ShawnLow@lllow.com or by Telephone at 574-876-6374.

19. Living History: 150th Anniversary of Central High School and Civil War Camps (Central High School, 421 Fountain Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Living Historians Bruce and Marcia Butgereit will serve as greeters to the 150th anniversary of the first graduating class of Central High School and the creation of Civil War training Camps Kellogg and Lee in 1862. Marcia will represent the twelve girls that graduated in 1862; the boys were off to enlist. Bruce will portray the Union officers that were present on the grounds in 1862. Sponsored by Central High School. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

19 - 20. CANCELED 6th Brandywine Civil War Reenactment (Canceled due to a Scheduling Conflict with the School)
Brandywine Senior High School, 1700 Bell Rd, Niles, Michigan) Battle of the Wheatfield). Hosted by the Low Family, 1st Michigan Infantry, and 2nd Kentucky Morgan’s Artillery. The Reenactors will be provided three meals over the weekend. The meals are free of charge. The meals will be prepared and passed out at the main building by the pond. Saturday morning there will be a Waffle and Sausage Breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 until 9:00 am. Saturday evening there will be a Pulled Pork and Baked Bean Dinner. Saturday Tactical 10:00 AM (Judged by the Michigan National Guard); Battle 2:00 PM, and Dinner 6:00 PM. Sunday morning there will be a Waffle and Sausage Breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 until 9:00 am. Sunday battle at 1:00 PM. Reenactors will enter at the School Entrance (as in years past). No hook-up modern camping (on site) and hook up modern camping (1/2 mile from the site) are available for Campers, Trailers, and RVs. Hook-up modern Camping requires registration Event(Spaulding Camp Ground - Reservations: 269-684-1439, !>Website: http://spauldinglake.com). Event Website (Registration, Waiver form, Information Directions, Photos from previous years events): http://www.nilesbrandywinecivilwar.com. Contact: Shawn Low at ShawnLow@lllow.com or by Telephone at 574-876-6374.

19 - 20. Historic Grosvenor House Civil War Days (Jonesville, Michigan). Living history of the Civil War, civilian and military camplife, and drills. Firewood, hay, and water available. There are plenty of things to do and see in Jonesville as it is Riverfest weekend with a car show, canoe races, chicken BBQ, and the Grosvenor house will be open. It is basically a one day event with some setting up Friday night and camping Saturday night. Contact: George Conlin at weconklin@dmcibb.net.

22 – October 2. Exhibit: Lincoln’s Assassination (Heritage Gallery, Michigan State University Museum [located on campus on West Circle Drive, immediately east of Beaumont Tower and just north of the Main Library], Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan). The Michigan State University Museum presents a new exhibit, Lincoln’s Assassination, in the Ground Floor Gallery. The exhibit is a companion to the museum’s special exhibit, Michigan and the Civil War: the 150th Anniversary and part of national observance on the part of museums, libraries and schools during the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Lansing collector and historian Rick Brown has loaned original newspapers and other paper materials for the exhbit, which also covers the funeral train and the multiple funeral and memorial ceremonies, as well as the capture, trial and hanging of the assassination conspirators. Contact: Val Roy Berryman, Curator of History MSU Museum at berryma2@msu.edu or by Telephone at 517-355-0322.

22. Presentation: Little Known Facts About the Lincolns and the Civil War (Heritage Gallery, Michigan State University Museum Auditorium [located on campus on West Circle Drive, immediately east of Beaumont Tower and just north of the Main Library], Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan) 2:00 PM. The program is presented free of charge. Brown operates historybuff.com and sets up his traveling exhibition at historical festivals, Civil War musters, historical societies and libraries. Contact: Val Roy Berryman, Curator of History MSU Museum at berryma2@msu.edu or by Telephone at 517-355-0322.

23. Presentation and Pot Luck: Post Civil War Organizations and the Sesquicentennial. (Welch Museum, Sunfield, Michigan). 6 PM. The presenter will be Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) Past National Commander-in-Chief Keith G. Harrison. The speaker will discuss the MOLLUS and the Grand Army of the Republic and their influence in the shaping of the United States and also of the other Union and Confederate Veterans' and hereditary organizations that followed. In addition, the speaker will discuss the current Michigan efforts in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. Bring your own table and silver ware. Websites: MOLLUS - http://www.suvcw.org/mollus/mollus.htm and SUVCW - http://suvcw.org/mi/017/017home.htm. Contact: Dana Traub at 517-566-8764.

24. PresentationFlags of the Confederacy (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. John Keller, a Michigan native now residing in South Carolina, will explain and show some of the flags used by the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Mr. Keller notes that the general public are often unaware that there were several OFFICIAL flags of the government of the Confederacy and a myriad of battle flags of the various military units that fought for southern independence in the War of the Rebellion (Yankee term) or the Second American Revolution (Confederate term). In March of 1861, Southerners who supported a flag similar to that of the United States adopted "Stars and Bars" as the official National flag of the Confederacy. The flag's first official use was at the inauguration of Jefferson Davis on March 4, 1861. This flag resembled the United States flag, but replaced the "stripes" with 3 "bars". The flag had 7 stars, one for each state that was part of the confederacy at the time. This flag was dubbed the "Stars and Bars". More stars were added as other states joined the confederacy. The National flag of the confederacy is almost forgotten today, and the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia has become the symbol most associated with the confederacy. This flag has a blue X on a red field with 13 stars, for the thirteen states in the Confederacy. The program is free and open to the public. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Contact: Chris Kull at chris_kull@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7787.

25 - 27. Coldwater Civil War Days (Heritage Park, Coldwater, Michigan) Friday School Day 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Friday train ride with President Lincoln. Saturday: 9-5 Civil War artifacts &displays, 9-5 Horse drawn wagon rides (Union &Confederate Camp Life) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Schoolhouse (Hourly lessons &outdoor civil war games), 10:00 AM Civil War music by local elementary students , 11:00 AM Vintage Baseball Game at Battlefield, 12:30 Ladies Tea & Fashion Show, 2:00 PM Battle , 3:00 PM Games, 5:00 PM Meal for Reenactors Only, 7:00 PM Military & Civilian Ball with Glen Morning Star Jr. & Ruffwater Band, 9:30 PM Night Firing of Canons (weather permitting). Sunday: 9:30 AM Non-denominational Church Service , 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Civil War artifacts & displays, 9:00 AM -3:00 PM Horse drawn wagon rides ( Union & Confederate Camp Life), 10:00 AM Schoolhouse (Hourly lessons &outdoor civil war games), 11:00 AM Musical entertainment, 11:00 AM Vintage Baseball Games, 2:00 PM Battle . Bathrooms and wood, straw, hay, water available for reenactors. Website: http://www.civilwardays.webs.com or by Telephone at 517-278-8032.

25 - 28. Greenfield Village Civil War Remembrance (Dearborn, Michigan). TBA

26. Annual Mount Hope Cemetery Memorial Day Program (Soldiers Lot, Mount Hope Cemetery, corner of Mt. Hope and Aurelius Roads, Lansing, Michigan) 11:00 AM. Annual Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW)ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Soldiers’ Lot. In 2007, the GAR lot was completely restored with the monument and flag pole cleaned and repainted, respectively, and all the gravestones cleaned and straightened. The SUVCW Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17 has been conducting this annual ceremony since 1984. Contact Paul David Arnold at hockeyboy121@sbcglobal.net.

27. Dedication Monroe County Civil War Monument to Civil War Fallen (Soldiers and Sailors Park, East Front and Navarre Streets, Monroe, Michigan) 2:00 PM. There also will be a Civil War living history encampment from Noon to 4:00 PM on May 27th. All reenactors are encouraged to attend. Over 400 Monroe County soldiers who died in the Civil War will be acknowledged. Confirmed participants include 7th Michigan Infantry, 15th Michigan Infantry, artillery battery representing “DeGoyler’s Battery H”, the 5th Michigan Infantry Band, Fred Priebe as President Abraham Lincoln, Steve Alexander as General George Custer, members of various Camps of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, members of the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, numerous historical organizations, and authors. Contact David Ingall at dcicw@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 734-847-9527.

27. Annual Memorial Day Program (Brethren Church, 8436 W. Grand Ledge Hwy, Sunfield, Michigan) 9:30 AM. Each year the Sunfield Helen Edwins Tent #30 of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War holds the Memorial Sunday Service. Contact Paul David Arnold at hockeyboy121@sbcglobal.net.

28. Woodland Township Annual Memorial Day Program (Woodland Township Cemetery, M-43, Woodland, Michigan) 10:00 AM. The township honors every veteran from the Revolutionary War to present that is buried in the cemetery. Contact Paul David Arnold at hockeyboy121@sbcglobal.net.

28. Parade Annual Ypsilanti Memorial Day parade (100 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, Michigan). 9:00 AM. Contact the American Legion at 517-482-6299.

30. Memorial Day Program (Grand Army of the Republic Hal #283, Sunfield, Michigan). 6:30 PM. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17 will be conducting Memorial Day ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic Hal #283 in Sunfield, Michigan. The ceremony will be followed by a short meeting of the SUVCW Camp at the Hall. Contact Paul David Arnold at hockeyboy121@sbcglobal.net.

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--June 2012--

1. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: Emancipation: the March to Freedom 1862 (Michigan State Capital Lawn, Lansing, Michigan). The 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. FREE Concert will be held on the Michigan Capital Lawn. The concert performers will be Earl Nelson Singers. This will be the second in a series of five concerts, one per year of the Sesquicentennial with each one tied to Civil War events that took place 150 years earlier. Should the weather not cooperate on the 1st, the Concert will take place instead on Sunday, June 3rd 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Sponsored by the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. Contact: Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or Tom Truscott at tom.0506@hotmail.com.

1 - 2. CANCELED (Look to 2013 for Next Event) - Michigan Historical Center Civil War Sesquicentennial Living History and Information 2012 Event (702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Michigan). Reenactors, Living Historians, Genealogy groups, Civil War Roundtables, and library and museum staff throughout the state are invited to participate in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Living History and Informational program commemorating Michigan's role in the Civil War. Set-up will begin on Friday (June 2, 2012). Amenities for the Living History portion of the program include porta-johns, porta-water, bottled water (for drinking/cooking purposes), and firewood. The Museum indoor facilities will be available for use on Friday before 5:00 PM and during spectator hours on Saturday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners is co-hosting the event along with the Michigan Historical Center and the Michigan Historical Foundation. The Living History portion of the program will be held on a 1-1/2 city block size green space just west of the state of Michigan Library/Museum. The informational portion of the program will be held at the Michigan Historical Center. Reenactor Contact: Thomas Berlucchi at tberlucchi@yahoo.com. Information Table Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

1 - 3. Seventh Sunrise Kiwanis Art and Festival (Chatfield School, 231 Lake Drive, LaPeer Michigan). Friday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday Encampment and Living History, All Day. The 2012 Art and History Festival will be held on the property surrounding Chatfield School, Mott Community College, Prairies and Ponds, and the City of Lapeer located at the corner of Demille Boulevard and Genesee Street.. The Civil War Encampment will take place on the Oakdale grounds adjacent to the Art Festival. Civil War campsite, Uniforms and Civilian Clothing, Infantry Training, Medicine & Sanitary Commissions, Flags and Politics, Weapons and Tactics and Historical Artifacts, Abraham Lincoln. Website: http://lapeercelebratesthearts.org/index.htm. Contact: Dennis Spiekerman at dspiekerman@yahoo.com.

3. Annual Jackson Rose Parade (Jackson, Michigan). The parade steps off at 1:00 P.M. sharp. The parade route is from the corner of S. Jackson/Greenwood to Fourth Street ending at the Middle School at Parkside. Staging is on W. Wesley/W. Franklin/Mason (starting at 11:00 a.m.). Website: http://www.jacksonrosefestival.org/parade.html.

8 - 10. 4th Annual Civil War March. Sponsored by the 3rd Michigan, Company F. Website: http://www.3rdmichigan.com.

9 - 10. 4th Annual Civil War Encampment and Reenactment (Lexington, Michigan). Hosts: 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Event is in the Village of Lexington. Fashion show, street skirmishes, living history, firearm demonstrations, drill, and cannon firing demonstration. Straw and firewood, but no bounties for artillery. Sponsored by the Village of Lexington Parks and Recreation Committee and the Lexington Business Association. Website: http://lexingtonmichigan.org/civilwar.htm. Contact: Anita L. Ruffini at merleriobravo-mail@yahoo.com.

10. Memorial Service: Post Civil War Michigan Resident Thomas Ryan, former Confederate Civil War Soldier. (Easton Church of Christ Cemetery, 3477 Easton Road, Owosso, Michigan). Noon. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Thomas Ryan 2689 Chapter is conducting a memorial service for their namesake, Thomas Ryan. Ryan served in the Virginia Light Artillery, Co. A, 13th Battalion. Following the war, Ryan moved to Farmington, Ohio where he married and started his family. In 1876, Ryan moved to New Haven Township, Shiawassee County, Michigan where he lived out his life as a farmer. Ryan was a member of the Easton Church of Christ. The day will begin with a church service at 10 am in Ryan's small Easton Church where he worshiped. The Memorial service will begin at 12 noon, with color guard there will be members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons of Confederate Veterans and Civil War reenactors and representing both Union and Confederate troops. Instrumental will be provided by Gloria Lynn Campbell member and local gospel recording star. During the ceremony, the Iron Cross will be presented to the Ryan family. There will be several Ryan descendants that will be in attendance for the memorial service; which Thomas Ryan s second grandson, Fred Ward helped with the planning and genealogy of the service and has been taking care of the family plot for years. This program is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Contact: Brenda J. Kociemba at kociembabrenda@yahoo.com or by telephone at 248-714-5943.

14. Presentation: America’s Civil War Historian: Bruce Catton (Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave., US-31N, Benzonia, Michigan) 7:00 PM. The presentation is part of the Benzonia Academy Lecture Series. The Benzonia Academy Lecture Series offers talks year round, approximately one per month with occasional skips. While local history lectures are common, topics also cover state or national interest. Jack Dempsey, former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and author of Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (2011) will be the guest presenter. Mr. Dempsey has a Civil War blog and is involved with the Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan History Foundation and Historical Society of Michigan. Website: http://millscommunityhouse.com/events. Contact: Jack Dempsey, Email: jdempsey@dickinsonwright.com, Telephone: 734-623-1619.

17. 60th Annual Harbor County Flag Day Parade (Three Oaks, Michigan) 3:00 PM. Largest Flag Day Parade in the United States. Frederick H. Hackeman Camp #85, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Contact: Theodore Chamberlain tjc41@mac.com.

16 -17. North-South Skirmish Association Civil War Skilled Shooting Competition (Laingsburg Muzzle Loading Gun Club, 8545 Garrison Rd, Laingsburg, Michigan). Saturday, June 16th: 900 AM – 1:00 PM: Individual Competition; 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Carbine. Team Competition Sunday, June 17th: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Musket Team Competition. The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) will be honoring the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War by hosting a skilled shooting competition featuring Civil War era firearms. What is a skirmish? Unlike Civil War re-enactments, skirmish shooting is done with live ammunition in original or dimensionally certified reproduction military firearms of the period. The core of N-SSA shooting is the musket team match held on Sunday morning. Uniformed Union and Confederate teams compete in timed, rapid-fire events, shooting at breakable targets such as clay pigeons, ceramic tiles, and clay flower pots at ranges of 50 and 100 yards. The team with the lowest time wins. Members also compete in team carbine matches, team revolver matches and team breech-loading rifle matches. Competition also includes individual matches, fired at paper targets for score. In the intensity and excitement of competition, the N-SSA provides a taste of the way it was in 1861 - the urgent need to do your best under pressure. Founded in 1950, the N-SSA has 3,500 individuals that make up over 200 teams. Each team represents a Civil War regiment or unit and wears the uniform they wore almost 150 years ago. It is the largest Civil War enthusiast organization of its kind in the country and many Michigan-based units will be competing. Contact: Keith Davis, at kgdavis1@cinci.rr.com or by telephone at 513-403-3787.

16 - 17. Battle for Turkeyville (Turkeyville U.S.A, Marshall, Michigan). Host: 18th South Carolina Artillery. Free to the public, but donations appreciated. Battles Saturday (Glendale) and Sunday (Malvern Hill), ball Saturday night, Night Artillery Firing, ladies tea and fashion show. Special Impression Area to include Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, LtGen James Longstreet and a period school teacher. Thursday and Friday set-up, Modern day RV campsite on location with hook-ups (offered at discounted rate for reenactors), wood & hay provided, free reenactor meal Saturday at Turkeyville Restaurant, coffee and donut breakfast free to reenactors. Website: http://www.turkeyville.com. Reenactor Contact: Email psabo72@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 517-626-4336.

19. Living History Camp: School of the Soldier (Fallasburg Park, 1124 Fallasburg Park Drive, Lowell, Michigan). 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Youngsters will have an opportunity to _ enlist in the Union Army, 3rd Michigan Infantry Regiment and to participate in Civil War-era drill under the guidance of Major William Truss and Sgt. Bruce Butgereit of History Remembered, Inc. Upon completion of their service, they will receive a signed discharge. Participants will also receive a presentation of the Soldier in Our Civil War. The lunch program will include a presentation that includes women’s clothing, including underpinnings; the roles women filled as well as rules of etiquette and the manners of politeness as demonstrated by Jeannine Trybus also of History Remembered. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

20. Presentation U.S. Colored Troops, Civil War (Eaton County Genealogical Society, 1885 Courthouse, 100 W. Lawrence, Charlotte, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Mr. Jesse Lasorda will be the presenter. Contact: Website: http://www.miegs.org or by telephone at 517-543-8797.

22. Presentation Seven Stops to Freedom (Ross Beatty High School Auditorium, 22721 Diamond Cove St., Cassopolis, Michigan). 7:30 PM. Dr Von and Fran Washington will present a story of a journey to fFreedom on the Underground Railroad - a journey of seven stops from Mississippi to Cass County, Michigan. Also, Lois Cross-Hart, Cass County Poet Lauriat, will read Cass County Brave - a poem written for Underground Railroad Days. Program is a benefit for the restoration of the Bonine House. Tickets are $10.00 per person ($5.00 Student) at the door or off the website. Website: http://www.urscc.org. Contact: Cathy LaPointe at clap9999@frontier.com or by telephone at 269-445-7358.

22 - 24. Frankenmuth 2nd Annual Time-Line Event: American Heritage & Heroics Festival 2012 (River Place Shops, Frankenmuth, Michigan) Setup on Friday and tear down on Sunday around 4:00. This event is unique in that we'll be located on the River Place Shops grounds and have use of the river and covered bridge for battles, demonstrations and more. They are very excited to have reenactors present on their grounds and look forward to having us. In order to help make this event a fantastic success they have offered many different amenities for our reenactors. Indoor restrooms and showers available 24 hours, Feed, water pails and pasture for horses, Powder rations, Cannon bounties, Artisan and demonstrator bounties, Firewood, Straw, Easy water and ice access, Parking lot for military vehicles next to encampment space, Registration packet with coupons for local shops, Bavarian Inn buffet dinner on Saturday night for all registered participants, Sutler space available on site, located at entrance of River Place shops, Reduced rates on rooms at the Bavarian Inn for those who like to "camp" indoors, RV parking, Full use of grounds and public spaces for reenactments and battles). Website: http://www.nationalsocietyoflivinghistorians.com/.

23. Living History Camp: Bedrolls and Bonnets, Life in the Civil War (Dutton Fire Barn, 3471 68th St. SE, Dutton, Michigan). 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The Living Historians of History Remembered will share a look at life in the Civil War. The presentation includes women’s clothing, including underpinnings; the roles women filled as well as rules of etiquette and the manners of politeness. A wide variety of children’s toys and games will be available for hands-on learning. The soldier will be brought to life through demonstrations of his uniform, equipment, personal items and foods. Joining History Remembered will be members of the General John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War with a display and information on a fundraising project for a new Civil War memorial for Dutton. Sponsored by Cook _ s Hot Dog Drive-in. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

23. Civil War Memorial Stone Dedication – Deloss M. Haviland (Wright Cemetery, Corner of Roberts and Dutton Roads, Iosco Township, Livingston County, Michigan). 2:00 PM. Governor Austin Blair Camp #7, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Deloss M. Haviland and his older brother, Lewis A. Haviland enlisted in the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry in the opening days of the Civil War. Deloss was killed on June 27, 1862, during the battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia. Deloss’ body was never recovered. Website: http://www.austinblaircamp7.com/. Contact: Contact: Bill Lowe at suvmibill@comcast.net.

23 - 24. Historic Tours/Program Underground Railroad Days (M-60 at Milos Barnes Park, Vandalia, Michigan). Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Bonine Home Tour, Underground Railroad Sites Bus Tour, Underground Railroad Presentations. Program is a benefit for the restoration of the Bonine House. Website: http://www.urscc.org. Contact: Cathy LaPointe at clap9999@frontier.com or by telephone at 269-445-7358.

24. PresentationCivil War Unionists in Alabama (Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society, 405 Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Pontiac, Michigan). 2:00 PM. After Alabama seceded from the union in 1861, Winston County in northern Alabama threatened to secede from Alabama and become the "Free State of Winston". Winston and many of the northern counties had strong Union sympathies. Larry Hathcock, a native of northern Alabama, will describe the geographical and socio-economic conditions that caused many Alabamians to remain loyal to the Union during the Civil War. Admission $5. All Active Servicemen and their families. Refreshments. Contact: Website: http://www.ocphs.orgor by telephone at 248-338-6732.

26. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar - The Civil War Monuments of Washington D.C. (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Each year, the Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War sponsor a series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. The topic of the seminar will be The Civil War Monuments of Washington D.C by Mr. Thomas Nanzig. Although the monuments of Washington, D.C., honor more than two centuries of history and heroes, four years of our American heritage produced more of the city’s commemorative sculpture and memorial artwork than all of the others combined. The heroes of the Civil War command Washington’s choicest vantage points and most visible parks, lending their names to the city’s most familiar circles, squares and Metro subway stops: Scott, Farragut, McPherson, Thomas and DuPont to name but a few. In addition, there are lesser-known works of artistic interest including memorials to at least three Confederate generals and three groups of Civil War-era women and at least one noted civilian who was not a politician! Tom’s power-point presentation will show the locations of about half of the Civil War monuments in our nation’s capital as well as detailed photographs of each. He will also share some of the juicy details behind the battles that were fought by legislators, veterans and families to get the monuments designed and erected as well as the conflicts among the sculptors who vied for the lucrative commissions. There is MUCH more to the monuments than meets the eye. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

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6 - 8. Civil War Days (Historic Fort Wayne 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). Website: http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/cwdays.html. Contacts: Doris Julian at Juliandoris2@aol.com or by Telephone at 810-793-6739, or Tom Berlucchi at Tberlucchi@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 248-840-5234.

7. Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Civil War Remembrance Bus Tour: Metro Detroit (The Park Shelton, 15 E. Kirby, Detroit, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Metro Detroit Civil War Tour* features Civil War sites of interest including Fort Wayne, historic Elmwood and Woodmere Cemeteries, the final resting places for hundreds of Civil War soldiers including several famous generals and medal of honor recipients as well as prominent politicians of this era including Senator Jacob Merritt Howard, who co-authored the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution; Belle Isle, where a statue pays tribute to one of Michigan’s most esteemed Civil War generals and his horse Plug Ugly; Campus Martius Park, the center of several Civil War gatherings and current home of the Soldiers and Sailors monument and historical marker dedicated to the famous Michigan Iron Brigade, site once occupied by Camp Ward, training ground of the First Michigan Colored Infantry, sites significant to the Underground Railroad, and much more! $40 Adult / $25.00 Youth. Advance registration required. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734.642.5712.

17. Presentation Underground Railroad and the Bonine House (Cass County Library, 319 M 62 North, Cassopolis, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The program will be presented by Ms. Cathy LaPointe. The program is sponsored by the Cass County Historical Society. Website: http://www.urscc.org. Contact: Cathy LaPointe at clap9999@frontier.com or by telephone at 269-445-7358.

18. Presentation Lemon Slave Case (Eaton County Genealogical Society, 1885 Courthouse, 100 W. Lawrence, Charlotte, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Mr. Robert May will be the presenter. Contact: Website: http://www.miegs.org or by telephone at 517-543-8797.

21. Marker Dedication Batteries F and G, 1st Michigan Light Artillery (Mt. Zion Christian Church, US 421 S, Richmond, Kentucky). 11:00 AM. A Michigan Historical Marker will be unveiled and dedicated commemorating the actions of Batteries F and G, 1st Michigan Light Artillery during the August 29 and 30, 1862 Battle of Richmond, Kentucky. The program will be at 11:00 A.M. at the Mt. Zion Christian Church. The Hampton Inn in Richmond is holding a small number of rooms at AAA rates for Michigan folks heading to Richmond for the dedication. The phone number is 859-626-1002. Contact: Jack Dempsey at jdempsey@dickinsonwright.com.

21 - 22. Charlton Park Civil War Muster (2545 S. Charlton Park Road, Hastings, Michigan). Hosted by Battery D, 2nd Michigan Light Artillery, 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Company F., and Barry County Parks. Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, Two battles on Saturday, one battle on Sunday. Admission is Adults $6.00, Kids $3.00 ages 5 - 12 years, 4 and under are free. All Reenactors are requested to Pre-Register at no charge, postmarked no later than June 17, 2011. The on-site registration fee is $10.00 per reenactor. Reenactors can reserve buildings for use throughout the weekend. Website and registration form/information at http://www.charltonpark.org/news_events/special_events.html.

27. Concert Performance: The Will (Michigan Library & Historical Center Forum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, Michigan). 7:30 PM. The Will dramatizes the human consequences of the war as experienced by the Websters, an African American family in a small town in Tennessee. The Webster sons return from service in the Union Army expecting to be treated as full citizens, but they find that victory at home is more elusive than victory on the battlefield. Their father, Cyrus Webster, is determined to pass on not only his world possessions, but also his courage and wisdom to his descendants. The play is by Sandra Seaton and is director by John Lepard. Tickets are $15.00 and need to be purchased in advance. Website: thewillbysandraseaton.eventbrite.com.

28. 22nd Michigan Civil War Muster (Wisner Homestead, also known as the Pine Grove Historical Museum, 405 Cesar Chavez Ave. Pontiac, Michigan). Noon – 5:00 PM The 22nd Michigan/8th Arkansas Volunteer Regiment Reenactment Group will stage an authentic tent campground, enlistment center and musket drills. . An 1862 Civil War cannon will be demonstrated and fired hourly. Adults and children may enlist as Yankee soldiers. Learn of the Michigan men who fought to end slavery and save the Union. President and Mrs. Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Col. Moses Wisner, and General Israel B. Richardson impersonators attending. An authentic signed Lincoln document will be available for viewing! Hear the Straw Hat Band of Birmingham play patriotic songs. Listen to dulcimers, Fife & Drum and Pontiac’s Melvin Hardiman sing “The Star Spangled Banner” on its 200th anniversary. Enjoy Sisters of the Union, period craft exhibits and children’s activities. Author’s Tent, Gift Shop, White Elephant Sale, Oakland County Mounted Police. Museum Tours, free cake and ice cream –(hot dog/chips/pop lunch for sale). Admission is $5 per person and $10 for Family of 5. Website: www.ocphs.org. Contact: Tom or Mary at tomandmaryc@comcast.net or by telephone at 248-338-6732.

28. Concord Civil War Days (Paddock-Hubbard House, 317 Hanover St., Concord, Michigan) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. A living history encampment is being hosted by the City of Concord. Amenities include firewood, water, modern restrooms, an area for authentic camping, and the possibility of a meal. The event is being held on 3 acres of property in town. Set-up begins Friday after 5:00 P.M. Saturday activities are from 10:00-5:00. The patriotic program starts at 1:00. There will be drill, demonstrations, and a small skirmish. Along with your Union uniform, please bring a Confederate uniform if you have one. The event is rumored to be a laid back event with promises of having some fun and educating the public. You can camp until Sunday morning if you wish although the program is held only on Saturday. No registration is required. Contact Mark Heath at mdheath525@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 517-764-1885.

30. Presentation One Man’s Civil War (Lower Level, Program Room A, Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, Michigan). 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. In the presentation, Ms. Judy Cook will focus on her great-great-grandfather, Gilbert Claflin. Ms Cook was born in Northern Virginia, and has lived all her life in the greater Washington, DC area. She grew up with singing from both parents and a love for music. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1971. She has been an active member of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington for many years. Judy began performing professionally in the early 1990's. In addition to programs and festivals from the Carolinas to New England, she has been touring annually in both the UK and the US since 1998. Judy specializes in programs with focused historical interests. In these programs, Judy presents carefully chosen songs from a huge and varied repertoire woven together with historical details, quotes, and images. Powerful narrative songs dovetail effortlessly with sentimental Victorian tales and sprinklings of whimsical pieces. Her presentation and delivery are a great example to any singer, and combine with her joy of singing to delight all listeners. Audiences find themselves captured by the timelessness of these old songs and delighted with Judy's ability to discover the best of them. Her skillful use of phrasing and understanding takes us inside the songs, sharing the joys, sorrows, concerns, and delights of the poets who wrote them so many years ago and the people who have been singing them since. Judy’s first full length recording of traditional songs and ballads, If You Sing Songs & was released in 1998, followed two years later by Far From the Lowlands. Her two latest recordings "Tenting Tonight: Songs of the Civil War" was released in 2007, and Lincoln’s America in 2009. Program is free to the public. Contact: Judy Cook at 301-776-4314 or Larry Halverson, Community Relations Coordinator at lhalverson@loutitlibrary.org.

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4 - 5. Village of Port Sanilac Civil War Days 2012 (Sanilac County Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan). Civil War Days will take place on the grounds of Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum amidst vintage buildings to give an authentic look. The event will include Union and Confederate Encampments, Skirmishes, Artillery, Notable Persons, and a Grand Ball. Firewood, straw, running water, ice and flush toilets provided. Website and Registration: http://portsanilaccivilwardays.vpweb.com. Contact: Susan Gill at smdebus@comcast.net or by Telephone at 248-889-9189.

11 - 12. Chesterfield Civil War Days (Chesterfield Historical Village Park, 47275 Sugarbush Rd - Between 21 Mile and Cotton Rds, Chesterfield, Michigan). Hosts: 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Living history encampments, drills, battle skirmishes, cannon firing demonstrations, and special appearances by the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. Straw and firewood, but no bounties for artillery. Sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society, 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Suggested donations: $1.00 per adult, $2.00 Families. Website: http://chesterfieldhistoricalsociety.org. Contact: Tommy Spanski at 313-779-3357.

18. Annual Sunfield Farmers’ Picnic and Parade (M-43, Sunfield, Michigan). All Day. In addition various local activities, the Sunfield Grand Army of the Republic Hall will be opened for tours. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm. Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

18. Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Civil War Days. (Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, 507 Mulberry Street, North Judson, Indiana). Living history encampment and battle. Train rides at 11:00 AM, 1:30 AM, and 2:45 PM (central time). The first 2 trains are 45 minutes in length and the last train is 2 hours in length. There is a possibility of an artillery unit participating with cannons. Contact Loretta Kosloske at marketing@hoosiervalley.org or by telephone at 219-395-0369.

26. Special State of Michigan Commemoration. Michigan Day at Antietam (Sharpsburg, Maryland). Michigan Day will commemorate the role Michiganders played in the bloodiest single day of battle during the Civil War, leading to issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. On Sunday, a full day is planned with talks, battlefield tours, and an afternoon commemoration at the Michigan section in the National Cemetery (see Commemoration Day Schedule). The commemoration is sponsored by the Michigan History Commission, Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Michigan Historical Center, and the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners. Members of the Sons of Union Veterans, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and Michigan reenactor organizations who wish to participate in the ceremony (color guard and firing squad) on Sunday, August 26th, should contact Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net otherwise contact Jack Dempsey at jdempsey@dickinsonwright.com.

25 - 26. 28th Annual Jackson, Michigan Cascades Civil War Muster (Cascades Falls Park, 1401 S Brown St, Jackson, Michigan). Free to the public, but donations appreciated. Battles Saturday (2nd Manassas )and Sunday (Stones River) Military Ball Saturday night, Night Artillery Firing. Special Impression Area. Reenactor Registration Website: http://www.7thmichigan.us/Jackson_Civil_War_Muster.htm, Cascades Website: http://civilwarmuster.org/. Cascades Contact: 517-788-4320.

30. Presentation The Unlikely President: Abraham Lincoln’s Rough Road to the White House (Lower Level, Program Room A, Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, Michigan). 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Some 16,000 books have been written about our 16th president, and he continues to fascinate people around the world. In this talk, Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, will try to plumb some of the depths of Lincoln _ s life and times. Particular attention will be paid to the obstacles the Rail Splitter had to overcome to become the great historic figure he did. He was a most unlikely leader of a broken nation. Program is free to the public. Contact: Larry Halverson, Community Relations Coordinator, at lhalverson@loutitlibrary.org.

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--September 2012--

6. Cemetery Tour (Lake Forest Cemetery, 1304 Lake Avenue, Grand Haven, Michigan). 6:00 PM. The Tri-Cities Historical Museum and the Loutit District Library recently collaborated on a joint Civil War program. The purpose was to show how Grand Haven played a role in national events that shaped our country. Part of that was a tour of Civil War veteran’s graves in Lake Forest Cemetery to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war. Through the stories of the veterans, the crowd learns about the daily life of a Civil War soldier. Several Grand Haven men were present at the major events of the Civil War. Peter Wilde was in Kansas before the war and was part of John Brown’s group fighting against proslavery sympathizers. James O’Connell ran secret errands for General Custer and also escorted Custer’s wife away from the battle field. Dr. Arend VanderVeen witnessed the hanging of the conspirators who assassinated Lincoln. These are just a few of the remarkable stories from Grand Haven’s rich history. Stop by the Museum or the Local History room at the library to learn more. Contact: Jane Ladley at jladley@tri-citiesmuseum.org or by telephone at 616-842-0700.

7 - October 2. Civil War Play: The Whipping Man (JET Theatre, 6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, Michigan). 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. As a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we are pleased to present the Midwest premiere of this Obie Award winning play. This play, says Artistic Director David Magidson, is a jewel of the theatre. Inside an exciting war framework it tackles issues of family, tradition, freedom, slavery, compassion and hate – all without us really being aware of it. This is the theatre at its best. Director of the play and Artistic Director of Plowshares Theatre Company Gary Anderson contributes, This is the collaboration that JET and Plowshares have been looking for; it provides a direct connection between the Jewish and African American communities. The play brings to light the connection there is between faith and freedom. When praying for deliverance, one does not always know it is coming. But when deliverance is bequeathed, it is our duty to remind the new generations for whom freedom was a given just how precious and potentially delicate it really is. It is the first night of Passover, 1865. Time for a Seder. Where? A half-destroyed house in Richmond, Va. The wine? Stolen. The matzo: a small square of hardtack, the tough soldier’s bread. Uncooked collard greens play the role of the bitter herbs. And the three unlikely participants? All Jewish: two newly freed slaves and a Confederate soldier whose family home all three are uncomfortably inhabiting in the reordered aftermath of the just-concluded Civil War. It is Simon, the elder of the two former slaves and a man of strong, unswerving faith who leads the ceremony. This arresting new play blazes with intelligence, making everything we think we have always known new again as Simon hauntingly intones, Let all who are in need come celebrate Pesach. This year we are slaves, next year may we be free.. And then with an emotionally potent few verses of Go Down Moses, makes the connection between the suffering of enslaved Jews and the African-Americans sold or born into slavery. Website: http://www.JETtheatre.org. For Ticket information, contact c.bremer@jettheatre.org or telephone at 248-788-2900.

8 - 9. Living History and Commemoration: 150th Anniversary of the Formation of the 21st Michigan (Historic District, Ionia, Michigan). Tentative plans include civilian and military camps, camp presentations, military drill, re-creation of the Mustering-In ceremony and presentation of the Colors by the Ladies of Ionia, meal Saturday, a dance and possibly a lantern tour Saturday night, church service Sunday morning, and luncheon served at the historical society's fully restored and furnished 1880s vintage home. There also will be a ceremony at the site of Camp Sigel, which was the original rendezvous encampment of the 21st Michigan. Following that ceremony, the troops will have the opportunity to march approximately 2 miles through town back to the Court House, which houses the original Ladies of Ionia presentation flag (Those who don't want to take part in the march may ride back). The activities will take place in the center of Ionia, in the middle of a beautiful historic district. The event is co-organized by the 3rd Michigan Company F and the 21st Michigan. Contact: J.R. Schroeder gjwandkids@netzero.net.

8 - 9. 150th Battle Reenactments of Battles of South Mountain and Antietam (Monroe Road, Boonsboro, Maryland). On September 8 - 9, 2012, Rear Rank Productions, Inc. in conjunction with the Hagerstown-Washington County Visitors Bureau will be hosting Maryland, My Maryland, a reenactment of the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, commemorating the 150th Anniversary. Maryland, My Maryland will take place on the same open property that September Storm reenactment was held on. This event, however, will include an additional 160 acres adjacent to the original. The event will be held on the Boonsboro Town Farm and is generously sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Visitors Bureau. This all volunteer group of more than 3,000 reenactors, whom brought you September Storm in 2007, Fire on the Mountain, and Return to Manassas will bring you an event with correct force ratios and the dedication to portraying the battles of September 1862 with the utmost historical authenticity, honor and respect. Due to our dedication to proper force ratios and historically correct scenarios we are limiting the total number of participants to 4,000 and Confederate participation to 1,800. Therefore, all Confederate participants and Artillery / Cavalry for both sides are by invitation only. Reenactor Registration Website: https://www.brittanyshope.org/mmm/registration/.

14 - 16. 8th Annual Mid-Michigan Civil War Muster (Deerfield Nature Park, Mt Pleasant, Michigan). Sponsored by the Tenth Michigan Infantry and Isabella County Parks & Recreation. Living History Camps, Drills, Speed Shooting Contest, Ladies Knitting Class, Battle Reenactments - Farmington and Corinth, Mississippi, Fashion Show, Base Ball match, Tactical on Oak Hill, Night Weapons Firing, Candlelight Camp Tour, Ladies Tea, Church Service, Civil War Memorial Service. Artillery Bounty for the first Four (4) Pre-Registered Cannons. Website: http://www.tenthmichiganinfantry.com, Contact: tenthmich@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 989-400-3904.

14 - 16. 150th Anniversary Battle Reenactment of Antietam (Legacy Manor Farm, located just 2 miles north of the Antietam Battlefield off of Route 65, Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg, Marlyland) The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, was fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam Creek, as part of the Maryland Campaign, and was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Northern soil. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with about 23,000 casualties. For the reenactment, Brian Gesuero wil be the Commander of the Southern Forces and Darrell Markijohn will be the Federal Commander. Sponsored by Civil War Heritage, PO Box 3412, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. The website for the event is http://www.150thantietamreenactment.com./. You may register for the event by going to http://www.150thantietamreenactment.com./registration.htm.

15 - 17. 2012 Antietam National Battle Anniversary Weekend (5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland). Sponsored by the National Park Service. Information regarding the anniversary living history program is still being finalized. Website: http://www.nps.gov/ancm/index.htm and search Antietam National Battle Anniversary Weekend (The 2012 information is currently not posted, but will be later). Reenactor Contact: Steve Dodge, 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry at sdodge84@gmail.com.

22. Commemoration Event: Oakfield Township Cemetery (Oakfield Cemetery on Wellman Road, south of M-57, west of Greenville, Michigan) 10:00 AM. Oakfield Township Historical Commission announces its 2012 Civil War Commemoration. History Remembered, Inc. will again lead a special service of remembrance. In addition, a cemetery walk is planned with the reading of biographies to learn about these Civil War patriots. Among the soldiers being honored at 2012 event are: James Clifford, Nathaniel Gould, Edward Cooper, William H Dennis, Louis Gotting, Moses Hemingway, Abraham(Abram) Johnson, Edward H. Jones, Alexander C. Leman, Henry C. Nichols, John G Stevens, Loren Lewis Stults, William Unger, George R Wilkes, and David Ziegenfuss. Families of above veterans may request FREE military gravestone cleaning. Since the gravestones are very old and soiled from weather, Gravestone Services, owned by the Doty family with connections to the township, has offered to clean military gravestones at no cost, or others at reduced cost. However, permission from each family is required before they can do so. Any family wishing the marker of their Civil War ancestor cleaned prior to the event, please call Judy Gager of the Oakfield Township Historical Commission at 616-874-6271. Everyone is invited to this memorable event- invite family and friends! Contacts: Judy Gager (Historical Commission President, Email: jagager@aol.com, Telephone: 616-874-6271) or Bruce Butgereit (History Remembered, Inc President and Commander of the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the US, Email: civil-war@comcast.net.

22 - 23. Yankees in Falmouth and Some Confederates too (Historic Port of Falmouth Park & Moncure Conway House, 401 River Road, Falmouth, Virginia). 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day. The first Union soldiers entered Stafford County's town of Falmouth on April 18, 1862, as the Confederates burned the bridges over the Rappahannock River to the City of Fredericksburg. Return to the historic port of Falmouth for the fifth annual arrival of "Yankees in Falmouth!" (and Confederates too!). Learn the story of what the soldiers encountered when they marched into this very town nearly 150 years ago. Activities include an encampment, firing demonstrations, story-telling, Civil War artifact displays, and the reading of actual soldiers' letters from Falmouth. Self-guided walking tours are available of the historic sites in Falmouth (some private residences not open to the public), including the historic Moncure Conway House--open for this special two-day event. 2012 will mark the 5th annual Yankees in Falmouth event. Normal amenities including wood, water, straw, etc. Several Michigan Regiments were encamped at Falmouth, Virginia. This small living history is well worth the trip to Virginia. While there, a must visit is to the White Oak Museum, one of the most phenomenal Civil War museums in the country. Website: http://www.virginia.org/Listings/EventsAndExhibits/YankeesReturntoFalmouth/. Contact: Norman Schools at Small47@aol.com

22 - 23. Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster (Holland Museum, Holland, Michigan). Free Dinner Saturday Night. Battle both days, and possibly tacticals. Bounties are offered for cavalry and artillery. Website: http://www.hollandmuseum.org, Email: Wendy VanWoerkom: wvanwoerkom@hollandmuseum.org or by Telephone at 616-796-3324.

22 - 23. New Baltimore Civil War Muster (Walter and Mary Burke Park, New Baltimore, Michigan). Hosts: 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Living history encampments, drills, battle skirmishes, cannon firing demonstrations, and featuring the 15th Michigan, 22nd Michigan, 5th Texas and 8th Arkansas. Civil War sutler and blacksmith will be present. Straw and firewood, but no bounties for artillery. Sponsored by the New Baltimore Historical Society, 15th Michigan, Company B and 8th Arkansas. Website: http://www.15thmi.us. Contact: Tommy Spanski at 313-779-3357.

21 - 23. 7th Annual Angola Civil War Days (Commons Park, Angola, Indiana). The Battle of Antietam Saturday 2:00 PM and Sunday 2:30 PM. Period Dance and Night Artillery Fire. Normal Amenities. Sponsor is the Interactive Heritage History Group. Website: http:// www.angolacivilwardays.com. Contact: Telephone 260-668-3943.

23. Headstone Dedication: Benjamin C. Aishe, Private, 48th Indiana Infantry, Co. G . (Amish Cemetery, North Poplar Avenue, (just north of East 1 Mile Road), Wilcox (near White Cloud), Michigan). 1:00 PM. You are invited join us as we dedicate a new headstone for the previously unmarked grave of Pvt. Benjamin C. Aishe (Aish). The ceremony will include the 1917 G.A.R. Headstone Ceremony of Dedication (Welcome, Posting the Colors, Prayer, Symbols of the Army, Memorial Service, Floral tribute, Military Salute, and song. Sponsored by the Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Michigan Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, with assistance from the Champlin Corps No. 41, Woman’s Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. Contact Bruce B. Butgereit, Commander, Michigan Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, at civil-war@comcast.net.

28 - 30. River of Time Living History Encampment (South end of Veterans Park, 800 John Kennedy Drive, Bay City, Michigan). School Program also on 9-28. Civil War with Union and Confederate Military and Civilian Camps. Camps open Saturday 9:00 AM. Sponsored by the Bay County Historical Society and the River of Time Committee. Website: http://www.riveroftime.org. Contact: Paul Davis at pdmarcomm@aol.com.

29 - October 7. General George Armstrong Custer Week . (Monroe, Michigan). Visitors from all over the United States are expected to gather in the small city of Monroe, Michigan to join Monroe residents this fall as they celebrate General George Armstrong Custer and Michigan's role in the Civil War with the Ninth Annual Custer Week. Monroe was the General's adopted hometown. Custer Week, started by the Monroe County Convention and Tourism Bureau and supported by the Custer Celebration Committee, will begin Saturday, September 29th with a Civil War Roundtable Discussion at the museum. The week long celebration will end with the reenactment of the 1864 wedding of George Custer and Elizabeth (Libbie) Bacon at the site of their original nuptials, the First Presbyterian Church. The Monroe County Historical Museum will open a display featuring artifacts from the Civil War on Saturday, September 29th. The artifacts will be on display throughout the month of October. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Custer Family Plat followed by a Woodland Cemetery Walking Tour. There will be a Civil War encampment at the Navarre Trading Post with the Michigan Cavalry History Association throughout the week. The Michigan National Guard Historians will host a Heritage Outreach Program. Historical figures from the Civil War who will be in Monroe include President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee. Visitors will be treated to the storytelling of General Custer as he recounts his aeronaut experiences during the Civil War and Libbie Custer will share the story of her life with the General. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to dine with the Generals at the Monroe Street Grill or the VFW #1138 Hall. Several authors and historians are scheduled to speak throughout the week, including National Parks ranger and historian Troy Harmon, author of "Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg." Also appearing will be Civil War historian and author Kent Masterson Brown and Tom Carhart, Ph.D., military historian for the Department of the Army in Washington, D.C. Gettysburg and Civil War historian William Gower will present "Custer and his Wolverines at East Cavalry Field on Day 3" at Monroe Mainstreet, Inc. and David Finney will present "Photographic Images of Famous Americans" at the Dorsch Library. George Gouth will show off his Spencer Repeating Rifle at the Monroe County Historical Museum and JoMarie Soszynski will speak on Victorian dress at the Sawyer Homestead. The Dodworth Saxhorn Band will perform in the Loranger Square Pavilion. Today's Dodworth Saxhorn Band out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a recreation of the United State's first all-brass band which played at Presidential inaugurations and political rallies during the 19th century. Website: http://www.georgecuster.com/events.htm. Contact: John Patterson at john@monroeinfo.com.

30. Civil War Cemetery Walk: Patriots and Politicians of the Civil War Era. (Mount Hope Cemetery, E. Mount Hope Street, Lansing, Michigan). 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Tour will feature people who served in the Civil War and/or political arenas during that time; some served in both capacities. Among those to be highlighted are the first man to volunteer from the Lansing area, who also was the first to fall from here; the man credited with capturing Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth; the veteran known as "The Little Drummer Boy", who died playing the drums in an Armistice Day parade; and Lansing's second mayor and founder of the city's tree planting program. Also mentioned will be the young woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve. In all, twenty-four people will be featured. This year marks the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Refreshments will be available at the mid-point of the tour. Contact: Loretta S. Stanaway, Friends President, at soswop@aol.com or by telephone at 517-648-5730.

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4. Band Concert. (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan) 7:30 PM. The New Custer Brass Band of Los Angeles, California will perform a free concert. Folks are encouraged to come to the museum early and visit the Custer Exhibit. Steve Charpie, band leader remarked, “We’ll talk about his red ties and his brass band’s white horses and play his famous theme song Gary Owen. The stories are addicting!” Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Contact Chris Kull at 240-7787.

5 - 7. 150th Anniversary Reenactment of Battle of Perryville, Kentucky (1825 Mackville Road, Perryville, Kentucky). Hosted by: The Kentucky Department of Parks and the Friends of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Website: http://www.perryvillebattlefield.org/html/commemoration_2012.html.

6. Freedom Festival. (Clare County Fair Grounds, 502 Fairlane, Harrison, Michigan) 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM. This is a new event. It is the start of a festival for a new veterans' park. They are looking for Civil War reenactors to attend and set up a Civil War living history with tents, firing demonstrations, drills, etc. Modern Camping (i.e., with electricity) is available at $25.00 per night (Camping pre-registration contact: haleyr@clareco.net or Telephone: 989-539-3273). Military truck display, arts, crafts, and military vendors, music events and dancing, food and beverage vendors. Cost to the public, Adults $6.00 or 2 for $10.00. Children 4-12: $3.00 (3 and under free); Reenactors are free. All proceeds go to building Veterans Freedom Park of Clare County). Contact: Cindy Friese, Email: Cindy_friese@bnbmfg.com, or Telephone: 586-212-8391.

6. Presentation. Not the Best General, but the Best Man: A Curious Incident in a Civil War Career of George A. Custer (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan) 10:30 AM. The presentation will be given by lifelong Custer student, Vincent A. Heier, retired Catholic priest from St. Louis, Missouri. Father Heier, a member of the Little Big Horn Association, has visited Monroe many times and shared his collection of memorabilia about Custer and the media. In fact some of his items are on display at the museum. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Contact Chris Kull at 240-7787.

6 - October 2013. Civil War Exhibit: The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War (Flint Cultural Center Campus, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday Noon to 5:00 PM. The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee county s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union. Be transported back, while discovering real stories of our hometown heroes’ selfless adoption of the Union cause, conspicuous bravery on the battlefield, daring escapes from prison camps, tales of astounding loss in a time not so different from our own. When the eleven southern states that banded together as the new Confederate States of America formally withdrew from the Union, many Northerners thought the war to end the rebellion would be both short and glorious. As a group, the Southern states had fewer soldiers, fewer factories to make war goods, and less railroad track to quickly move supplies. Knowing these facts, the Union Army offered its volunteers a short six-month enlistment term. Predicting a quick and easy road to victory, the U.S. Army even recruited young men to join and Take a Tour of the Sunny South on the government s dime. The initial excitement for the war to preserve the Union led young men with romantic visions of doing their patriotic duty from all over Flint, Genesee County, and Michigan to flood the state s militia ranks. In fact, so many volunteered that some were turned away and forced to join the armies of Ohio, Indiana, or Illinois. It was only as the months dragged into years and Genesee County men marched into tremendous bloody battles like Antietam and Gettysburg that the nation realized the terrific toll reuniting the country would take. The new exhibit The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War contains the real stories of our hometown hero s selfless adoption of the Union cause, conspicuous bravery on the battlefield, daring escapes from prison camps and tales of astounding loss in a time not so different from our own. Genesee County natives were on the scene of the war s first battle on 1861 and fought admirably through the Confederacy s surrender at Appomattox Court House in 1865. As the war ended and soldiers returned to Genesee County they brought with them relics of battle ranging from tree limbs to belt buckles, to canteens and drums; many of which are now part of Sloan Museum s collection. Visitors will be able to see priceless battlefield relics like soldier s weapons, personal correspondence, and photographs. The exhibit will also include information and artifacts relating to the region s African American soldier s contribution to the war effort after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. It will also highlight legendary Confederate General James Longstreet, a man Robert E. Lee called His Old War Horse, and his connection to Flint. The 2nd Michigan Light Artillery will be there on Saturday, October 6, 2012 (Noon to 4:00 PM) to help celebrate the opening of the exhibit. Charge: Adults $9, Seniors $8, Child (3-11) $6, Child (2 & Under) Free. Website: http://www.sloanlongway.org/SloanMuseum/ExhibitsAndGalleries/CivilWar.aspx.

6. Presentation. Captain Custer in 1862 (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan) 11:30 AM. The presentation will be given by Lorne Langley. Father Heier, a member of the Little Big Horn Association, has visited Monroe many times and shared his collection of memorabilia about Custer and the media. In fact some of his items are on display at the museum. Mr. Langley will be discussing George Custer’s Civil war experience in 1862, including both administrative and combat duties, which ultimately led to his promotion to general. Included will be the generals on whose staffs he served and their influences on the young captain, and his courtship and budding romance with Monroe’s Elizabeth Clift Bacon. A special display will include Elizabeth Custer’s personal Michigan 7th Cavalry Regimental badge designed by General Custer for members of the Michigan Brigade. This badge, made by Tiffany’s of New York exclusively for Mrs. Custer, was thought to be lost. It is a Maltese Cross with top vertical bar as bottom point of a five-point General’s Star, the borders of both are etched and outlined with blue enamel. The curved horizontal portion of the Maltese Cross with CUSTER, surrounding in blue enamel, TUEBOR (I will defend) at bottom of cross in blue enamel. Freshwater pearls are arranged in the General’s Star and inside the Maltese Cross. This badge was among items given by Mrs. Custer to Margaret Flood, her personal assistant. There are few known existing “Custer Badges” and the smaller size made Mrs. Custer’s badge unique. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Contact Chris Kull at 240-7787.

6. Film. The Courts Martial of George Armstrong Custer (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan) 1:30 PM. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Contact Chris Kull at 240-7787.

6. Roundtable Discussion with Eric Johnson, author of No Greater Calling. (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan) 3:30 PM. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html. Contact Chris Kull at 240-7787.

6. Living History: The Civil War in Person Bowne Township, Alto, Michigan. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

7. Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Civil War Remembrance Bus Tour: Metro Detroit (The Park Shelton, 15 E. Kirby, Detroit, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Metro Detroit Civil War Tour* features Civil War sites of interest including Fort Wayne, historic Elmwood and Woodmere Cemeteries, the final resting places for hundreds of Civil War soldiers including several famous generals and medal of honor recipients as well as prominent politicians of this era including Senator Jacob Merritt Howard, who co-authored the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution; Belle Isle, where a statue pays tribute to one of Michigan’s most esteemed Civil War generals and his horse Plug Ugly; Campus Martius Park, the center of several Civil War gatherings and current home of the Soldiers and Sailors monument and historical marker dedicated to the famous Michigan Iron Brigade, site once occupied by Camp Ward, training ground of the First Michigan Colored Infantry, sites significant to the Underground Railroad, and much more! $40 Adult / $25.00 Youth. Advance registration required. Contact: Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com. Karin Risko at k_risko@yahoo.com or telephone at 734.642.5712.

9. Presentation: Major General Oliver O. Howard. (Dining Room, Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presentation will be made by Scott Stabler, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Grand Valley State University. Known as the Christian General, Oliver Otis Howard is a unique figure in Civil War history. Despite lackluster performances by troops under his command, Howard's reputation as an efficient and personally courageous officer would lead to command of an army by the war's end. Learn more about Howard's connection with the Freedman's Bureau and Howard University. Sponsored by the Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Michigan Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Contact Bruce B. Butgereit, Commander, Michigan Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, at civil-war@comcast.net.

9. Open House: Terry Wantz Historical Research Center (10 W Main St, Fremont, Michigan). 4:00 – 8:00 PM (Ribbon Cutting 5:00 PM). The new nonprofit Terry Wantz Historical Research Center will be a new addition to our County, but will also be serving other counties and states. Wherever your family has come from, we will be able to help! Through collections and computer access we will be able to expand our resources to help patrons with their genealogy quests. We are looking forward to serving our county and beyond. We plan on in the future holding classes and conferences to help patrons locate the military (Civil War, Revolutionary war, etc) and nonmilitary ancestors. We also are looking for additions to our collections so if anyone has items to share by donating or just letting us scan we would greatly appreciate it. A few of the items we are looking for are plate books, year books, photos, obituaries, funeral cards and compiled family history books along with many other items. The Center is pleased to be able to offer this new service to our citizens and name it after a good friend and historian Terry Wantz, who through his many books and years of work, has helped save the history of Newaygo County and loved to share with everyone. Website: http://wantzhistorycenter.com/. Contact: Sandy Vincent Peavey, Email: sandy.historycenter@gmail.com, or Telephone: 231-335-2221.

11. Presentation: Post Civil War Organizations and the Sesquicentennial (Brethren Church, 8436 W. Grand Ledge Hwy, Sunfield, Michigan). 1:00 PM. The speaker will address the Retired Military Officers Association and will discuss the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and the Grand Army of the Republic and their influence in the shaping of the United States and also of the other Union and Confederate Veterans' and hereditary organizations that followed. In addition, the speaker will discuss the current Michigan efforts in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. The presenter will be MOLLUS and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) Past National Commander-in-Chief Keith G. Harrison. Websites: MOLLUS - http://www.suvcw.org/mollus/mollus.htm and SUVCW - http://suvcw.org/mi/017/017home.htm. Contact: Dave Arnold at suvcw@hotmail.com.

13. 7th Michigan’s Harvest Ball (Central United Methodist Church. 215 North Capitol Avenue Lansing, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Hosted by the 7th Michigan. Caller is Glen Morningstar and Ruffwater Stringband, Tickets are $15 in advance/$30 after September 29th. The Harvest Ball will be limited to the first 100 participants. Our intent is to create a ball so incredibly authentic that the only way to experience a more authentic Civil War ball... would be to actually time travel. Contacts Linda Williams 517-484-2496, Lansinglinda@comcast.net, Don Everett 517-393-3475, djeverett@comcast.net

12 - 14. Hartford City Civil War Days (Hartford City, Indiana). Plenty of military and civilian camp sites available. Straw is provided, one half bale per person. Hay will be provided for mounted cavalry. Fire wood also provided and located near all camps. Free Saturday evening meal served to all reenactors. Other activities: Ladies tea, fashion show (competition), baking contest, battle, skirmishing, and on-going entertainment. Saturday night will feature night time artillery firing, mini-concert, Lincoln address and Military Ball. Sunday: church service, tactical, skirmishing, pay call, and battle. Hosts: 19th Virginia Infantry, Company C, 50th Virginia Infantry, Company D, and 49th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company F. Website: http://www.angelfire.com/in3/34IN/reenactorguide.html.

14. Waterloo Pioneer Day (13493 Waterloo Munith Road, Grass Lake, Michigan). Noon to 5:00 PM. Pioneer Day is the premier event on the Waterloo Area Historical Society's calendar. The festivities include activities at both of the Society's locations: the Farm Museum and the Dewey School Museum. Admission to this event includes tours of the Farmhouse and outbuildings as well as Dewey School, located about 3 miles from the Farm. The complex of farm buildings includes the restored ten-room Farmhouse dating from 1855. In the Farmhouse kitchen you will be greeted by the delicious smells of Sunday dinner being readied for the dining room table. Costumed docents will be your guide as you tour the house, while artists, craftspeople, and re-enactors demonstrate yesteryear's traditions. Contact: Website http://www.waterloofarmmuseum.org, Telephone: 517-596-2254.

17. Presentation: Two Men and a Photograph (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM. In 1863 a photograph was taken by Matthew Brady of a group of men identified as the scouts of the Army of the Potomac. Not well known is the Indiana connection to the photo and the remarkable story of two of the men pictured. One hundred and forty eight years later, two men, working independently, were able to identify the two men in the photo as 3rd Indiana Cavalrymen who contributed so much to the Union cause. Follow this Hoosier story over the span of a century and a half as the two men in the photo and the two men of the present are tied together by one photograph. Along the way, learn more about a remarkable group of Union scouts who kept the Army of the Potomac so well informed that by war’s end the Bureau of Military Information was the best intelligence collecting body in the world. The presenter is Jim Cocker. Jim has been a Civil War student his entire life. He currently works at State Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he is Vice President of Enrollment Management. A member of the Civil War Round Table of West Central Indiana, Jim has presented at Civil War Round Tables in five states. Website: Sponsor is Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

18. Presentation and Pot Luck: History of Historic Fort Wayne . (Welch Historical Museum, Main Street, Sunfield, Michigan) 6:00 PM. The presenters are Thomas Berlucchi and LTC David Jamoz, Ret. Mr. Berlucchi is from Troy Michigan. He has been instrumental in the Restoration and Preservation of the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit. He will be accompanied by Retired Lieutenant Colonel David Jamoz, a 32-year veteran of the US Army, West Point graduate and retired engineer of Ford Motor Company, also of Troy, Michigan. Together, they will provide an overview of the rich history of Fort Wayne and its significance to Michigan. Bring your own table and silver ware and a dish to pass. Contact Bruce Benedict at brucarkatie3@yahoo.com.

20 - 21. 20th Annual Wolcott Mill Civil War Days (63841 Wolcott Road, Ray, Michigan). The 150th anniversary reenactment of the battle of Shepherdstown will be portrayed. The 4th Michigan and the US Sharp Shooters will be the federal regiments portrayed while the Confederates will portray AP Hill’s Light Division. There also will be a tactical on Saturday. Websites: Huron-Clinton Metropark, 4th Texas, Contact: Steve Domke at demrebel@netzero.com.

24. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -Women in the Civil War (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Each year, the Lansing/Sunfield, Camp #17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War sponsor a series of FREE Civil War History Seminars. The speaker will be Dr. William Anderson. Dr. William M. Anderson is a retired community college president and former director of the former Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries. Historians have now documented that over 200 women disguised their identity and served as soldiers during the war. One of the better-known female soldiers served in the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. She went by the name of Franklin Thompson. In addition, Dr. Anderson will explore the multi-faceted relationships that soldiers had with women during the Civil War. The presentation will reveal all of the expected emotions and more than enough incidents for a chuckle or two. The important role of Women in the Civil War will be covered as Dr Bill Anderson leads you on a captivating journey of this remarkable segment of our Civil War history. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

27 - 28. Historic Bowens Mills Civil War Commemorative Weekend (55 Briggs Road, Middleville, Michigan). The Sights and Sounds of the War Between the States will come alive at Historic Bowens Mills October 27 & 28, 2012 as The It’s Cider Time Festivals continues. There will be a Battle both Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. Civil War Living History Encampment is the feature this weekend, along with tours of the old mill, cider making, live music and horse drawn rides. The fun begins at 12 noon and lasts until 5 pm. The Civil War event is sponsored by Owen & Carleen Sabin and many loyal reenactors from Michigan and neighboring states. Artillery demonstrations along with numerous military and civilian demonstrations though out the day. Website: http://www.bowensmills.com/Festivals%20&%20Events/Its%20Cider%20Time/Civil%20War%20&%20Cider%20Days/Civil%20War%20Days%20Weekend.htm. Contact: Telephone 269-795-7530.

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3. 7th Annual Detroit Veterans' Day Parade (Detroit Michigan). Staging 8:00 AM, Parade 10:00 AM. The Michigan Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), as part of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial, is inviting all Michigan SUVCW local Camps and all Michigan reenactment organizations to participate in the annual Detroit Veterans Day parade. For people wishing to stay overnight on the 2nd, arrangements have been made with the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition for them to stay at Historic Fort Wayne in the barracks. Last year, over 56 members from 24 local SUVCW Camps from all over Michigan and Civil War reenactment organizations marched in the parade. The parade is sponsored by the Metro Detroit Veteran's Coalition and is considered an official Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Event. This is a chance to help honor our Civil War Veterans along side of the veterans of America's other conflict. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394.

3. Special Historic Program: Old Glory Returns to the Detroit GAR Building for the First Time in Over 50 Years! (1942 Grand River Avenue (Cass Avenue and Grand River Avenue). 1:30 PM. You are invited to attend a special ceremony as we raise the US Flag over the G.A.R. Building. The program will include Civil War reenactors, living historians, fraternal orders, guest speakers, song, and a military firing salute (Please note: There will be no access to the Building). Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

3. Tribute: Major General Israel B. Richardson (December 26, 1815 – November 3, 1862) (Gravesite of Major General Israel B. Richardson, Oak Hill Cemetery, 216 University Drive, Pontiac, Michigan). 4:00 PM. Major General Israel B. Richardson, the Commander of the 1st Division of the Second Army Corps, was mortally wounded leading the successful attack on the Sunken Road (Bloody Lane) during the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. He was taken to the Pry House (Federal Headquaerters during the Battle of Antietam) where he remained until he succumb to his wounds on Novmeber 3, 1862. His body was subsequently returned to Pontiac, Michigan where he was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. The program will include a Welcome from Kimberly Johnson, Vice President Michigan Historical Commission, the reading of a Proclamation by the Honorable Leon Jukowski, Mayor City of Pontiac and Remarks by Jack Dempsey, President Michigan Historical Commission. An Invocation will follow. At the conclusion of the tribute a self-guided tour of Historic Oak Hill Cemetery (Grave sites of Civil War heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice are marked with American flags). Contact Brian Egen, Chair Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, at BrianE@thehenryford.org.

4. Civil War Play: The Heavens Are Hung in Black (Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley St., Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The Heavens Are Hung in Black examines Lincoln from an intensely personal point of view. From the death of his son, Willie, to the prosecution of the war, the months leading up to his great decision were filled with heartbreak and setbacks. Flint Youth Theatre’s chamber performance of The Heavens Are Hung in Black commemorates Lincoln’s presidential legacy two days before our national election. The evening begins with a chamber performance of the play, followed by a panel discussion and wine and cheese reception. The Heavens Are Hung in Black is part of Flint Youth Theatre’s Emancipation Project. This season long exploration of the topic of emancipation, from the historical event to its immediate aftermath and through to the present day, honors the 150th anniversary of the proclamation. Cost $25.00. Website: http://www.thefim.org/fyt-homepage. Contact info@flintyouththeatre.org or telephone at 810-237-1530.

4. Annual Veterans Day Massing of the Colors (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan) 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Speaker will be Vietnam Veteran Ron Springer. Sponsor is the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. Contact Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394.

8. Presentation: Civil War Flags (Flint Cultural Center Campus, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Save The Flags is a project to preserve and research the 240 flags in the Michigan Capitol Battle Flag collection. These are flags that Michigan men fought and died beneath in the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and World War I. The talk will focus on the history of the collection, modern techniques at conservation and incidental histories of some of the flags and the men who fought beneath them. Our Guest Lecturer will be Matt Van Acker. The cost for the program is free with paid admission to the museum, which is $9 for adults, $8 for Seniors, and $6 for children age 3-11. Website: http://www.sloanlongway.org/SloanMuseum/ExhibitsAndGalleries/CivilWar.aspx. Contact and Reservations: 810-237-3409.

8. Presentation: The Civil War – Michigan Answers the Call. (Ada Township Assembly Hall, 7330 Thornapple River Dr SE, Ada, Michigan) 7:00 PM. Area lecturer and Michigan Commandery Commander of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Bruce Butgereit will discuss the Civil War, President Lincoln’s call for troops, and Michigan’s response. He will highlight the soldier’s uniform and equipment and bring to life some of the men of the Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry (aka Grand Rapid’s Pet Regiment). The program is sponsored by the Ada Historical Society. Website: http://www.adahistoricalsociety.org. Contact Ada Historical Society at adahistoricalscoiety@gmail.com or by telephone at 616-676-9346.

10. Michigan's Third Annual Civil War Sesquicentennial Reenactors Conference (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners will be holding on November 10, 2012 the annual Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Reenactors Conference. In addition to bringing together representatives of all the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners, the Conference will be used to look at the events being planned for 2013. As with the previous annual reenactor conferences, the purpose of the November 10, 2012 conference is to help promote Michigan Civil War events and Civil War events of significance to Michigan. Individuals, organizations, and communities sponsoring and/or hosting reenactments, living histories, programs, presentations, commemorations, and/or school programs are encouraged to bring their fliers and other promotional items about their 2013 event to the conference. The reenactor conference results in the publication of a very widely distributed web-based calendar of events for the state of Michigan. For each of the past two years, over 165 Civil War Sesquicentennial events were promoted. The conference and subsequence state-wide calendar have proven to be effective tools in helping to avoid event date conflicts and in bringing in additional participants and public to the events. The event is again being sponsored and hosted by the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners, Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Michigan Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Friends of Michigan History, Inc., Michigan Historical Center, Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, iMichigan Productions, and History Remembered, Inc. Refreshments will be served. Contacts are Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net, Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net, Tom Berlucchi at tberlucchi@yahoo.comJohn Gibney at johngibney55@gmail.com or Donna Ullrich at donna@imichiganproductions.org.

10. Presentation: Three Men from Mackinac Island - A New Discovery in Company K history . (Traverse City Elks Club, 625 Bay Street Traverse City, Michigan). 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM. Lansing historian Chris Czopek will talk about Michigan’s forgotten soldiers, the men who served in Company K during the Civil War. Every man in this unit was a Native American. The “all-Indian” Company K was recruited from the tribes in Michigan. They fought under General Grant in some of the fiercest battles of the war! They were famous in their time. But when the war ended and the soldiers went home, the story of Company K was forgotten. Recently, a story about this legendary unit was discovered, called Three Men From Mackinac. It is the tale of three Native Americans on Mackinac Island who decide to join the army. Each has his own reason: Hamlin is a boy in search of adventure, Jeandron is a middle age man stuck in a dead end job, and the silent Kewaconda is an outcast from his tribe who wants to leave Michigan and start a new life. These three men travel together to the front lines in Virginia to join their unit. Soon as they arrive, the new recruits are sent straight into battle! Find out what happens next on Saturday, November 10. Since the men from Mackinaw grew up during the last years of the Fur Trade, the history of the French on Mackinac Island is an important part of the story, anyone with an interest in Michigan history will not want to miss this program! Chris Czopek is the author of the book Who Was Who In Company K. After the program, Chris will sign copies of his book and answer questions about Michigan’s Native Americans in the Civil War. Sponsored by Traverse City Robert Finch Camp #14 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Free and open to the public. Website: http://redoak1863.homestead.com. Contact: 517-455-6116.

11. Veterans Day Parade (700 E Ash St.,Mason, Michigan) 3:00 PM (Muster at 1:00 PM). American Legion Browne/Cavender Post #148 & Veterans of Foreign Wars Jean R. Anderson Post #7309 representing the County seat at Mason, Michigan has invited all veterans and veterans _ organizations of Ingham County to join with them in an old fashioned Veterans Day Parade in honor of our Country Veterans. Assemble in the east parking lot of the Ingham County Fair Grounds between Ash St and Kipp Rd in Mason starting at 1:00 PM. The parade will step off from the County Fair Grounds at 3:00 PM. Scott Shattuck and his Mason Middle School class of Civil War Field Musicians will be leading the troops. The Son Union Veterans of the Civil War DeWitt Camp #58, Sunfield Camp #17, and Jackson Camp #7, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and reenactment organizations participate. Contact Keith Harrison at(pcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394).

14. Presentation: The Stonewall Brigade (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). There were a number of storied units that fought for the Union and Confederate armies during the War for Southern Independence. Wilder's Lightening Brigade and the stalwart Iron Brigade are two famous Union organizations with Hoosier connections, while Hood's Texas Brigade, the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, the Louisiana Tigers and the Black Horse Cavalry conjure visions of valor fighting for the Confederacy. One unit, however, was so unique in holding a special place in the hearts of the people it fought for that it's nation's Congress bestowed upon it an official nickname. That was the hard-fighting "Stonewall Brigade" of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. At the meeting we will be with the First Virginia Brigade on Henry House Hill at Manassas, where it earned the sobriquet "Stonewall" for its famous commander and itself. We will march with the "foot cavalry" up and down the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia during the Valley Campaign and the subsequent major battles around Richmond, Northern Virginia and Maryland during 1862. We will march with the brigade as it led the noted flank march around Hooker's army at Chancellorsville, which was followed by the trek to Culp's Hill at Gettysburg. The brigade was in the thick of the fighting during the Overland Campaign and participated in Early's Valley Campaign of 1864. It's fighting days ended in the trenches of Petersburg and with the surrender at Appomattox. "The Stonewall Brigade" program was produced by Tom Williams and Wayne Sanford of Indianapolis and first presented to the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table in 1971. It has since been featured at round tables all over the Midwest and at a national convention of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Everyone is urged to put on their marching brogans and report for duty at the November meeting.. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

17. Presentation. Boys of Company K - Native Americans Fight in the Civil War (Marshall United Methodist Church, 721 Old 27, North Marshall, Michigan) 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Darwin Sanada, a member of the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribe's Ogitchidaw, will tell stories and anecdotes about the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters of Company K. This military unit was formed in Michigan in 1863 in response to the terrible loss of soldiers suffered by the Union during the first two years of war. Company K was made up of entirely of volunteers from Michigan's Native American communities. These exemplary soldiers earned high praise and recognition for their skill and bravery on the battle field. Darwin Sanada is a veteran of the US Army and in his capacity as an Ogitchidaw he is the staff bearer of the Company K Eagle Staff. During his talk, Sanada will explain the significance of the Ogitchidaw, the Warrior Society that is graciously hosted by the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribe, and the traditional significance of the Eagle Staff. The rich history of Company K's Civil War exploits has been the topic of several books by Michigan authors and the subject of a soon to be release documentary. Although Sanada is not an author, he has a keen interest in Company K and their heroic and tragic story. Fifteen members of Company K were captured by Confederate forces at the Battle of the Crater near Petersburg, Virginia in 1864. The men were transferred to the infamous Andersonville prisoner of war camp. Half of the men never left. In 2010, Sanada was one of a group of Native American veterans that traveled to Andersonville to honor those fallen men and to preform traditional ceremonies for them. This event is being sponsored by the Marshall United Methodist Church, The Native American Initiative and United in Service. Webmaster: Website: http://www.UnitedInService.info. Contact David Begg at david49068@gmail.com or by telephone at 269-781-9627.

17. Annual Remembrance Day Commemoration and Parade (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). 11:00 AM Program 1:00 PM Parade, 4:00 Rededication of 7th Michigan Monument. The Michigan graves at the cememtery also will be marked with an American and Michigan flag. Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), SUVCW Sons of Veterans Reserve, Woman's Relief Corps, and the SUVCW Michigan Department. Two thousand plus participant parade. Contact Keith Harrison at(pcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394).

27. Presentation: Civil War Medicine (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church), 16036 Old 27 North, Marshall, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Howard Streeter, member of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and a reenactor will speak on "Civil War Medicine" and bring some of his extensive collection of Civil War era medical equipment to display (and perhaps demonstrate if he gets a volunteer). Host: Calhoun County Genealogical Society. Contact: MichiganCalhounGene@yahoo.com.

29. Presentation: The Civil War Letters of Harrison Harmon Carson (Flint Cultural Center Campus, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Taken from the title of a book by the same name published in 2012, we learn of the triumphs and tragedies of the Civil War through the more than 100 letters sent home from 1861-1865. Corporal Carson lived and died in Owosso, Michigan and his great granddaughter transcribed the letters many years ago before they became almost too faded to read. Entering the war at age 39, he left behind his wife and two teen-age sons. While waging the battle in the 3rd Michigan Cavalry, Carson also kept his farm operating through his at-home family. This story almost got lost, for no family members were interested in the collection of letters. Len purchased them, edited the selections and published them for future generations to enjoy and admire. Now that the book is published, the original letters will be donated to a Michigan research library. This is a presentation and book signing. Our Guest Lecturer will be Len Thomas. The cost for the program is free with paid admission to the museum, which is $9 for adults, $8 for Seniors, and $6 for children age 3-11. Website: http://www.sloanlongway.org/SloanMuseum/ExhibitsAndGalleries/CivilWar.aspx. Contact and Reservations: 810-237-3409.

29. Presentation True Crimes of the Civil War (Lower Level, Program Room A, Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, Michigan). 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. In commemoration of the 150th year anniversary of the Civil War, Mr. Tobin Buhk will present his program on True Crimes of the Civil War. Program is free to the public. Contact: Tobin Buhk at 616-662-9691 or Larry Halverson, Community Relations Coordinator, at lhalverson@loutitlibrary.org.

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2. Program Victorian Open House: A Civil War Christmas (Governor Moses Wisner Home, Pine Grove Historical Museum, 405 Cesar Chavez Ave, Pontiac, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Tour the 1850s Pine Grove Museum decorated for the holidays. Sing along with the School House Chrismas programs. Featuring the Dodworth Saxhorn Band in Sounds of the Season. Sponsored by the Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society. Tickets $5.00 per Adult, $10.00 per of 5. Website: http://www.www.ocphs.org. Contact: 248-338-6732.

7 - 9. 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg ( Fredericksburg, Virginia). The Fire on the Rappahannock event will be held on portions of the actual battlefield to include a recreation of the street battles in downtown Fredericksburg, a crossing of the Rappahannock on a modern pontoon bridge and in reproduction pontoon boats, and the attack on Marye's Heights. Website: http://fredericksburg150.org/. Federal Command Contact: USCommand@Fredericksburg150.org, Confederate Command Contact: CSCommand@Fredericksburg150.org.

8. Living History A Civil War Christmas and Commemorative reenactment of the Battle of Fredericksburg (Historic Fort Wayne 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). The event commemorates American's Civil War Sesquicentennial by learning Christmas traditions from that era. Meet interpreters portraying men who served at Fort Wayne, their Confederate counterparts and the civilians they left behind. Planning is already underway for the 2012 version of A Civil War Christmas. In honor of the 150th anniversary, we also are working on a story that will take you both to Fort Wayne during the holiday and also to Fredericksburg, Virginia to learn about the efforts of Michigan men serving in the van of the Army of the Potomac during the battle there. Noon Battle. Admission Prices for the public: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child 15 and under, $5.00 per car secured parking. Group rates are available. Website: http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/christmas.html. Contact: Thomas Berlucchi at tberlucchi@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 248-840-5234.

12. Presentation: In their Words - The Story of Annie Etheridge, Civil War Nurse (Haus Restaurant, 1108 N. Water St., Bay City, Michigan). 7:00 PM. One of the most well-known Civil War women was Annie Etheridge, a Michigan resident. Once of newspaper renown, few today know the story of this remarkable woman, who, at age twenty-one, volunteered to serve her country from 1861-1865 as a nurse. While other famous women of the Civil War, such as Louisa May Alcott, Cornelia Hancock, and Sarah Emma Edmonds published their memoirs, Annie's story was left to be told by newspapers, her contemporaries and those who knew her best, the soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. This presentation illuminates the life of this remarkable young woman who served four years with Michigan troops in the role of what today would be called a combat medic. Civil War Living Historians Bruce, Marcia, and Bernadette Butgereit of History Remembered, Inc., will make Annie's story come alive. Sponsored by the Seventh Michigan Cavalry Civil War Roundtable of Bay City. Open to the public for a small fee. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net or Dee Dee Wacksman at dswacks@hotmail.com.

14 - 16. First Annual Christmas the Bonine House (M60 and Calvin Center Road, Vandalia, Michigan). 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC) is hoping to create a new family tradition with its first annual "Christmas At the Bonine House" Each room in the house has been 'adopted' by members of URSCC and will be decorated for the holidays, from animated Santas and a Victorian parlor, to the dining room set for Christmas dinner. Santa plans to visit the Bonine House on all three days, so bring the entire family for a fun, beautiful, Christmas experience. Built by Quaker abolitionist James E. Bonine in the mid-1840's and enlarged and remodeled in the 2nd Empire fashion we see today in the 1870's, URSCC is restoring the Bonine House for use by the community for events, meetings and other gatherings. The bedrooms upstairs will tell the story of the Underground Railroad in Cass County, especially around Vandalia, and the groups of people involved. Progress toward the goal has been significant with the mansard tower roof completed, and the entire house about to be re-roofed. Masonry repair follows, with the restoration of the porches due in spring. All donations collected during this first annual Christmas event will go toward restoring the porches on the front and side of this iconic home. More information about the Bonine House and URSCC can be found at www.urscc.org. Tax deductible donations can also be made on line. Website: http://www.urscc.org. Contact: Kathy Ruple at 269-476-2752 or Cathy LaPointe at clap9999@frontier.com.

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