Michigan's 2013
Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing

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

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(Archived Michigan's 2012 Civil War Sesquicentennial Events Listing)

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


--January 2013--

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: Curator of History MSU Museum at 517-355-0322.

1 - October 2013. Civil War Exhibit: The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War (Sloan Museum, 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.

5. Presentation and Film Andersonville Prison (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). 2:00 PM. John Keller of South Carolina will present a film and talk on the prison. Over 30 Monroe County men were incarcerated there, a majority of them dying. One, Fred Knapp, survived and wrote a poem about his experience as a 6th Cavalry soldier. Christine Kull will recite his poem - perhaps its first public presentation! The program is free and open to the public. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html.Contact: Christine Kull at chris_kull@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7787.

6. Program: Emancipation Proclamation: 150th Anniversary (5401 Woodword (at Kirby), Detroit, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM. This free program will include refreshments, readings of the Emancipation Proclamation by local ministers, poetry readings, storytellers and tours of the new Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad Exhibition. The event honors the January 6, 1863 reading of the Emancipation Proclamation at Historic Second Baptist Church in Detroit. The Black Historic Sites Committee, along with the Baptist Ministerial Alliance and Broadside Press, have partnered together to bring attendees an enlightening look at the history of the Emancipation Proclamation. The program commences with a historical overview and presentation, followed by readings of poetic works created by pioneering African-American writers Dudley Randall, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Albert M. Ward, and Robert Hayden. The poems will be read by Dr. Gloria House, Professor of Humanities and African American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department of Wayne State University, and Broadside Press board member Albert M. Ward, Broadside Press board member and poet Lori Allan,and Bill Harris, poet and Professor of English at Wayne State University. Civil rights activist and educator John Hardy will present the story of abolitionist and clergyman Rev. Absalom Jones, an excerpt from one of his sermons, and his civil rights petition to Congress in regard to the 1793 Fugitive Slave Act. Rev. Dr. Kevin M. Turman of Historic Second Baptist Church will conclude the program, leading local ministers in a series of readings of Abraham Lincoln’s January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. The program is sponsored by the Detroit Historical Society’s Black Historic Sites Committee. Website: http://www.detroithistorical.org Contact: Kimberly Simmons at detroitriverproject@gmail.com or by telephone at 313-833-1801.

10. Presentation: Monuments of Washington (Ellis Library and Information Center, 3700 South Custer Road, Monroe Michigan). 7:00 PM. There are eighteen Civil War monuments throughout our nation’s capital. The statues vary from one Confederate general, several Union generals and a tribute to the many religious nuns who nursed soldiers back to life. Mr. Thomas Nanzig will give us a pictorial tour of these monuments and the history that surrounds them. The lectures are free and open to the public. Website: http://monroe.lib.mi.us/civil_war_series.htm.

10. Presentation: Women in the Civil War (Sloan Museum, Flint Cultural Center Campus, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Women of the Civil War will tell the story of women who served as soldiers, spies and nurses during the worst conflict to take place on American soil. Learn about life at home while the men were away. Our Guest Lecturer will be Dee Dee Wacksman. Dee Dee Wacksman will share her knowledge of this interesting part of history. Ms. Wacksman has been reenacting and studying the civil war for over 25 years. She is a founder and president of the Bay City Civil War Roundtable. 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.

16. Presentation: Railroad Men of the Civil War (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is James Tremblay. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

21. Presentation: Why Did He Wait So Long? President Lincoln discusses the Emancipation Proclamation (Clinton-Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton, Michigan) 6:30 PM. Join Fred Priebe as he transforms into Abraham Lincoln and details the journey of Lincoln's arrival at the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn why he decided to issue it when he did. Also, while there, visit the gallery area of the Main Library before or after the program to see the traveling exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. Website: http://cmpl.org/WhatsHappening/default.asp. Contact: Fred Priebe at alincoln@comcast.net.

24. Presentation: Flint Area Soldiers in the Civil War (Sloan Museum, Flint Cultural Center Campus, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This lecture covers a wide range of individuals and regiments and their experiences. Our Guest Lecturer will be Kim Crawford. There also will be a book signing. 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.

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--February 2013--

5. 5th Michigan Winter Drill (6322 N. Irish Road, Davison, Michigan). Noon - 4:00 PM. 12:00. Uniforms encouraged. No caps or powder. Outdoor drill with coffee, fire in nearby pavilion. Dress according to weather. Contact: Scott Cummings at scottyhomeseller@charter.net.

5. Film Presentation: The Civil War & Underground Connection (Henry Ford Centennial Library, 6301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Mr. Jeff O’Den will present one of his five Civil War documentary films, all of which feature compelling stories, photographs, and drawings from that period. As the Underground Railroad had many stops in Michigan, this program should be of particular interest to us all. Included in the film are the soldiers of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troop from Detroit (Michigan’s only Black Civil War regiment). Mr. O’Den is the official photographer and historian for the troop. Mr. O’Den is the Project Producer for Saving Our Heritage; an Emmy-nominated writer/producer; a published writer (July/August 2011 issue of Michigan History Magazine); a presenter at the March 2012 Historical Society of Michigan’s Local History Conference; a former adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy; a participant in the Michigan Sesquicentennial Civil War; and is a member of the Historical Society of Michigan, the Detroit Historical Sites Committee, the Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table, and the Abraham Lincoln Civil War Round Table. Following the film, Mr. O’Den will have a question and answer period, so come ready with some good questions for him! Copies of his DVD will be available for purchase. Website: http://dearbornlibrary.org/. Contact: C. Davis at davisc_1@yahoo.com or by telephone at 313-943-2330.

7. Presentation: Michigan in the Civil War (Sloan Museum, Flint Cultural Center Campus, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Our Guest Lecturers will be Al & Dave Eicher. This lecture and visual presentation was developed over a 5 year period by Al and Dave Eicher. The presentation includes visits to the many Historic sites relating to Civil War events in Michigan and old photos of places where the recruits joined the Union cause. This presentation is unique in that it develops a month by month time line of events in Michigan and at the Eastern battlefields. 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.

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.

14. Presentation: Monuments of Washington (Ellis Library and Information Center, 3700 South Custer Road, Monroe Michigan). 7:00 PM. President Abraham Lincoln had a definite course set towards resolution for a country torn apart by secession. His words showed purpose and direction. Dr. William McCloskey from Monroe County Community College will examine the writings of President Abraham Lincoln, including comparing his preliminary drafts to the now famous end results. The lectures are free and open to the public. Website: http://monroe.lib.mi.us/civil_war_series.htm.

20. Presentation: From Riding with Morgan's Raiders to General Counsel of the L&N Railroad -- The Adventures of a Southern Rebel from the Hoosier State (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is John Rutherford. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

21. Presentation: Michigan & the Civil War - A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Sloan Museum, Flint Cultural Center Campus, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The Guest Lecturer will be Jack Dempsey. With lively narration, telling anecdotes and vivid battlefield accounts, Michigan and the Civil War presents, as never before, the story of Michigan’s heroic role in saving the Union. Beginning with Michigan’s antebellum period and antislavery heritage, the book describes the state’s rapid response to President Lincoln’s call to arms, its involvement in the greatest battles and its most interesting personalities. In the triumphant conclusion, Custer comers Lee at Appomattox, and the Fourth Michigan Cavalry apprehends the fleeing Davis. Based on thorough and new research, this volume is surprising in breadth, at times awe-inspiring and a continual revelation of long-overlooked Civil War contributions of the Great Lakes State. This will be a book signing and presentation. Space is limited. Reservations Recommended. 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.

23. 17th 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, 2012. 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.

26. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar - Little Known Facts about the Lincolns and 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 presenter will be Mr. Rick Brown. Rick is a noted Lincoln Scholar and has spent over 40-years conducting research regarding Abraham Lincoln, his family and period newspapers chronicling his tenure as president and his subsequent assassination. Also on display that evening will be his Traveling Lincoln Assassination Museum. It is 24-running feet in length and contains over 50 original relics including newspapers, broadsides, engravings, and a mourning ribbon worn at Lincoln's funeral in Philadelphia. In addition, the diary of a resident of Washington, D.C written during the time of the assassination will be on display, as will sheet music, stereo views, CDVs and other photos, booklets, and letters. All relics were produced between April and July 1865. Website: http://suvcw.org/mi/017/announcements.htm. Contact: Paul David Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

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--March 2013--

7. Presentation: Michigan & the Civil War - A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Community Room, Fremont Area District Library, 104 East Main Street, Fremont, Michigan). 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Jack Dempsey will give a talk based on his book Michigan and the Civil War: a Great and Bloody Sacrifice, which was a 2012 Michigan Notable Book title. Jack Dempsey, former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, is firmly embedded in the Michigan Civil War community. He runs a popular Michigan in the Civil War blog and is the President of the Michigan Historical Commission, as well as a board member of the Michigan History Foundation and the Historical Society of Michigan. He also is a color bearer with the Civil War Preservation Trust. Dempsey is also the co-author of Ink Trail: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors with his brother, Dave Dempsey. Website: http://www.fremontlibrary.net/reference/awriterslive.html. Contact: 231-924-3480.

11. Presentation Michigan Soldiers’ Aid Society (Sawyer Homestead, 320 E. Front St., Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Jody Egen, Director of Museum and Cultural Affairs in Wyandotte, Michigan will be the guest speaker. Jody will discuss the Michigan Soldiers’ Aid Society that provided food, money, supplies, and comfort to the soldiers on the front lines. Ms. Egen is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. The public is invited. Contact: Brian Egan at BrianE@thehenryford.org.

12. Presentation Behind the Scenes - Filming of Battle of Gettysburg (George W. Lee Civil War Roundtable, Community room, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, 620 Byron Road, Howell, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Brian James Egen, Program Development Officer at The Henry Ford and Chair of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, will give a behind-the-scenes look at how the Battle of Gettysburg was brought to the screen in the film version 20 years ago. He will relate his experiences being cast in a speaking role and being on set for two of the three months it took to film it. The public is welcome to attend the free program. Contact: 517-552-8733.

12. Commemoration: 150th Anniversary of the Creation of the U.S. District Court for Western Michigan. (Amway Grand Ballroom, 187 Monroe Northwest, Grand Rapids, Michigan) 7:00 PM. The event commemorates President Abraham Lincoln's creation in 1863 of the U.S. District Court for Western Michigan. Mr. Gordon Olson. Mr. Richard Norton Smith, and Mr. Fred Priebe, aka President Lincoln, will attend and speak. Either the 5th Michigan Regiment Band or Dodworth Saxhorn Band will play. This event is sponsored by the U.S. District Court for Western Michigan Historical Society. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

14. Presentation: When a Rose is not a Rose (Ellis Library and Information Center, 3700 South Custer Road, Monroe Michigan). 7:00 PM. Not many people know or will believe that almost 900 women served as soldiers in the Civil War. Ms. Judith Coebly, a member and officer of the George W. Lee Civil War Round Table, will share these soldiers’ stories, many who fought like demons in defense of their country. The lectures are free and open to the public. Website: http://monroe.lib.mi.us/civil_war_series.htm.

14. Presentation: General Custer at Gettysburg (Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W. Grand River, Howell, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The Michigan Cavalry Brigade, under the command of Brigadier General George A. Custer, was engaged in constant and severe fighting during the Gettysburg Campaign. In this presentation, renowned Civil War historian David Finney, will provide insight concerning the leadership qualities of young Custer during his command of the Wolverines. Website: http://www.howelllibrary.org. Contact: Margaret Bigham at margaretbigham@gmail.com or by telephone at 517-546-0720.

14. Presentation: Austin Blair - War Governor (Sloan Museum, Flint Cultural Center Campus, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan). 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Guest Lecturer will be Kerry Chartkoff. Austin Blair was sworn into office as Michigan’s thirteenth governor barely two weeks after South Carolina seceded from the Union. He was hailed as one of the greatest of the nation’s “War Governors”--those men whose loyal support was so critical to Lincoln’s success and the preservation of the Union. How did he do it? Why did he step down from office before the war was over? What do Michigan and the nation owe to Austin Blair? Discover the answers with this informative program. 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.

15. Presentation: In Their Words: The Story of Annie Etheridge, Civil War Nurse (Westwood United Methodist Church, 538 Nichols Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan). 7:30 PM (refreshment and social time at 7 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 Cally Butgereit will make Annie’s story come alive. Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Civil War Roundtable. Contact: Dave Jordan at davejordan@chartermi.net

16. Presentation: Libbie Custer (Monroe County Historical Museum,126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan) 1:00 PM. Museum curator, Chris Kull, presents a lecture on the life of Libbie Custer. A Monroe, Michigan native, Libbie Bacon Custer was married to one of America's most well known military figures, General George Armstrong Custer. In her books, Boots and Saddles, Following the Guidon, and Tenting on the Plains, Libbie wrote of General Custer and their lives together on the frontier. Drawing from the museum's extensive photographic collection, Ms Kull will tell the story of Libbie's remarkable life. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Monroe County Historical Museum. Lecture is free with museum admission. Website: http://www.MonroeMuseums.org.Contact: Christine Kull at chris_kull@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7780.

16 - 17. Black Power Gun Show: 38th Annual Kalamazoo Living History Black powder Gun Show (Kalamazoo Fair Grounds, 2900 Lake Street [off I-94, Exit 80 North], Kalamazoo, Michigan). 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Sunday. The largest, nationally recognized, juried show in the Midwest devoted to pre-1890 original or reproduction living history supplies, accouterments and related crafts. More than 10,000 historical reenactors from pre-Revolutionary through the Civil War, history buffs, collectors, and the general public from 18 states and Canada come together for a festive weekend to buy, sell and trade. The event attracts over 270 of the finest craftspeople and dealers of living history supplies and related crafts from throughout the United States. The Kalamazoo Living History Show was created in 1976 to bring history alive and entertain as well as expose the general public to some of the most fascinating times in our history. Each year the focus of the show changes allowing various historical reenactment groups, organizations and individuals, dressed in period clothing, the opportunity to host the show and share their knowledge and enthusiasm of history with all of us. Admission is $7.00 for a single day, $10.00 for a weekend pass. Children 12 years of age and under admitted free when accompanied by a parent. No strollers allowed. Anyone attending the show in pre-1890 style clothing will be eligible for a drawing on a door prize. The show is sponsored by Yankee Doodle Muzzle Loader, Inc. Website: http://www.kalamazooshow.com/index.html. Contact: Email at kalamazoolivinghistoryshow@gmail.com.

19. Presentation: Why Religion and Faith Mattered in the Civil War. Catholic Information Center, 360 Division Avenue S., Grand Rapids, Michigan). 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Fr Robert J. Miller will be the presenter. The presentation also will be live streamed at www.catholicinformationcenter.org. Website: http://www.catholicinformationcenter.org.

20. Presentation: Tullahoma Campaign (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Chris Kolakowski. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

29 - 30. Civil War Memorabilia Show Crossroads of America Civil War/Political Show (Beech Grove High School, 5330 Hornet Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana). Friday, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Saturday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Thousands of Civil War & Political Items, offered by National Dealers. All table rent and Admission fees will be donated to Beech Grove High School programs. Website: http://www.ironbrigaderelics.com. Contact: Harvey W. Warrner through the above website or by telephone at 313-943-2330.

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--April 2013--

4 - 7. Reenactment: Marmaduke's Raid 150th Anniversary Battle Reenactment (Event takes place in the highest and roughest terrain in the Missouri Ozarks). The event site is 15 miles from the original site of Ft. Benton (or Ft. Patterson as some primary sources call it) as well as the original roads used by both armies during the raid. Proceeds from the event will be used to help with the preservation of Ft. Benton in Patterson, Missouri. Sponsors: The Star of the West Society and the Cottonmouth Videttes. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/marmadukesraid 150th/home. Registration Deadline - March 31, 2013. Contact Jeremy Bevard at jbj696@yahoo.com.

5 - 7. Tactical: In Hooker's Rear (Chancellorsville, Virginia area). A Federal Campaigner Battalion is being raised to participate in the Tactical. Instead of the normal tactical with the generic objective of finding the enemy, the intention is to give each side a series of progressive goals to achieve while preventing the enemy from achieving their own. The Battalion's impression for the weekend will be the 1st Battalion, 17th United States Infantry, one of the most reliable of the "Regulars,despite being a "New Army" regiment, raised at the start of the war. Our intention is to create as historical an experience as possible within the confines of the tactical, relying completely on period tactics found in Casey's Tactics and Butterfield's Camp and Outpost Duty, while running pickets, issuing rations, and delving into the story of the 17th US as much as possible. It will be a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in any other events out East this year, and for all of us to shake off the rust and start the season off with a great warm up for what will be a very busy year for all of us. Please let me know if you are interested. Website: http://www.hookersrear.com/Home_Page.html. Contact: Andy Roscoe at 24thmi@gmail.com.

6. Civil War Symposium: 1863 The Turning Point of the Civil War (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan). 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM. The Civil War Symposium is sponsored by the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. and the Michigan Historical Center. The Schedule is

The cost is $20.00 per person (includes, registration, box lunch, and free parking). Contact: Keith Harrison, Treasurer, Friends of Michigan History, Inc at pcinc@prodigy.net or by telephone at 517-694-9394.

6. 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. For the last two years, Historic Fort Wayne has been the only site in the State of Michigan to host this event. 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. One hundred-fifty T shirts and 100 patches will be given out to all who participate. Websites: Historic Fort Wayne - http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/. Contact: Tom Berlucchi at TBERLUCCHI@YAHOO.COM, Telephone: 248-840-5234.

8. Presentation: Flag Posting Protocol (American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave, Jackson, Michigan) 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Past National Commander-in-Chief of both the Son of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Keith G. Harrison. The event is sponsored by the Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Website and Registration: http://www.austinblaircamp7.com/. Contact: Robert Greggs at misuvcw7@gmail.com

10. Premier Film Showing: The Road to Andersonville (Park Library Auditorium, 250 East Preston Street [on the campus of Central Michigan University], Mount Pleasant, Michigan). 7:00 PM. An independent film-maker has created a ground-breaking documentary film on the story of Michigan’s Native American Civil War Soldiers. This is the first time such a story has been told on film. It is a lost chapter in Civil War history – How a group of Michigan Native Americans volunteered to be sharpshooters in the army of General Grant. The Road to Andersonville is the first serious attempt to put on film the recently discovered story of Company K, First Michigan Sharpshooters regiment. This was the only unit in the Union army where every man was a Native American. They came from the tribes of Michigan. Most of them were professional deer hunters, well suited to be sharpshooters on the battlefields of Virginia. Their record in the war was outstanding. And their losses were high – one out of every three men who enlisted would not live to see the end of the war. Award-winning film producer David B. Schock, Ph.D., made a journey to Georgia in 2010 with a group of modern-day Native Americans. The men were members of the Anishinabe Ogitchedaw Warriors Society, an organization of veterans that meet on the reservation in Mt. Pleasant. They were on their way to honor the graves of seven members of Company K who died while prisoners of war at the infamous Andersonville Prison. Intrigued by this forgotten chapter of Michigan history, Schock began a two-year journey of his own, traveling around the state with his camera, interviewing historians such as Raymond Herek and Chris Czopek. He also visited Pow Wow events and the homes of descendants of the Company K soldiers. One of the highlights of the film is an interview with Don Otto, grandson of Pvt. Marcus Otto, telling stories handed down in the family about his Civil War ancestor. One of the big questions has always been “Why?” Why were these 140 men (who were not US citizens) willing to join the Army and fight for the United States? This question, and others, are discussed in the film. There will be a reception after the showing. Dr. Schock and historians Chris Czopek and, possibly, Ray Herek will be there to answer questions about the film and Company K. This film premier is free of charge and open to the public. Contact: Chris Czopek at historydetective@aol.com.

11. Presentation: Canada and the American Civil War (Ellis Library and Information Center, 3700 South Custer Road, Monroe Michigan). 7:00 PM. During the time of the Civil War, Canada was not yet established as a federated nation and followed the neutrality of England. This did not prevent escaped slaves, escaped Confederate prisoners, and Union deserters to cross the extensive border into Canada. Neither did it prevent Canadians from serving in both the Union and Confederate armies. Please join us as Mr. Mike Unsworth, from Michigan State University, shares the history of this little known part of the American Civil War. The lectures are free and open to the public. Website: http://monroe.lib.mi.us/civil_war_series.htm.

12 – October 26. Civil War Exhibit: Our Civil War Legacy - Midland’s Past Marches Forward (Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center, 3417 W Main Street, Midland, Michigan). The Midland County Historical Society opened a new exhibit on April 12, 2013. The 2013 exhibition builds on the current enthusiasm and awareness regarding the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Although the battles were fought far from Midland County, the region was developed largely by Civil War veterans who came to this area after the war due to the enticement of land grants and other allurements. The exhibit will present regional information, artifacts and images rarely seen. Cost $5 Adult/$3 Child, MCHS Members: FREE. Website at: http://www.mcfta.org. Contact Stephanie Lewandowski at Lewandowski@mcfta.org or by Telephone at 989- 631-5930, ext 1300.

12 - 14. 2013 Historic Fort Wayne 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??? Are you not yet ready for Gettysburg? 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 honing our drill and tactical skills for the season and for Gettysburg. Union Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry encouraged to attend. Website: http://www.fortwaynebattaliondrill.com. Contact: Scott Cummings at scottyhomeseller@charter.net.

13 - June 30, 2015. Exhibit: Honored, Loyal, Brave, and True: Monroe County in the Civil War (Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan). The exhibit tells the story of Monroe County, Michigan’s sacrifices and contributions during the Civil War. Included in the museum are artifacts related to Civil War luminaries George Armstrong Custer and Norman Hall. Also featured is Camp Monroe, a hands-on history section for children. $4/adults, $2 children.http://www.MonroeMuseums.org.Contact: Andy Clark at andy_clark@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7780.

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/2013lincolntomb.pdf. Contact rpetro7776@aol.com or by Telephone at 636-274-4567.

17. Presentation: The Battle at Shiloh Church (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Del F. Jarvis. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

17. Wreath Laying Ceremony: 1st Michigan (102nd United States) Colored Troops. (Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, South Carolina). 2:30 PM. An impromptu wreath laying program will be conduced at the Beaufort National Cemetery to recognize the soldiers from the 1st Michigan (102nd United States) Colored Troops buried there. Contact Jack Dempset at JDempsey@dickinson-wright.com.

18. Presentation: Little Known Facts about the Lincoln’s and the Civil War (Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint, Michigan) 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Upon purchasing a copy of the April 28, 1865 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer Rick Brown discovered an article about the capture and death of John Wilkes Booth. The reason he purchased it? It was 100-years-old at the time. Little did he know that this small incident in his life would turn out to become his life-long avocation. He has spent the last 47-years collecting Lincoln assassination relics and researching the assassination and its aftermath. Also on display that evening will be his Traveling Lincoln Assassination Museum. It is 24-running feet in length and contains over 50 original relics including newspapers, broadsides, engravings, and a mourning ribbon worn at Lincoln’s funeral in Philadelphia. In addition, the diary of a resident of Washington, D.C written during the time of the assassination will be on display, as will sheet music, stereo views, CDVs and other photos, booklets, and letters. All relics were produced between April and July 1865. Space is limited. Reservations Recommended. Cost: Adults $9, Seniors $8, Child (3-11) $6, Child (2 & Under) Free, Annual Pass Holder Club - Free, ASTC Reciprocal Members – Free. Website at: http://sloan@sloanlongway.org. Contact: 810-237-3409.

27. 3rd Annual Coldwater 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/ or Facebook at Coldwater Civil War Spring Ball. Contact: Dave McKee at dm307mckee@charter.net or Telephone at 517-924-0438.

27. 3rd Annual Civil War Dinner. (Monroe VFW Hall, 400 Jones Ave, Monroe, Michigan). 5:00 - Doors Open, 6:00 PM - Dinner. The cost is $20. Music will be provided by Fiddlesix and the speaker will be Steve Alexander, aka General George Custer. The topic is the Battle of Gettysburg. The menu includes southern fried chicken, black eyed peas, Johnny cake & molasses, among other savory tidbits! There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds are going to a Monroe County Civil War publication. Website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/museum/index.html.Contact: Christine Kull at chris_kull@monroemi.org or by Telephone at 734-240-7787.

30. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -Beyond Hardtack and Coffee: Foodways of the Union Army (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Eric Perkins. Mr. Perkins is a historian with the Michigan Historical Museum where he cares for artifact collections and develops exhibits. He is a regular presenter on military topics for the Museum’s Big History Lesson, an in-depth, hands-on program for grade school children. He also has presented on Civil War topics for the Smithsonian Associates. Mr. Perkins holds master’s degrees from Norwich University in military history and Michigan State University in anthropology. 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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3. School Presentations: Historic Walker Tavern (13220 M-50 at US -12, Brooklyn, Michigan).9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Help teach children about life during an earlier time in American History. Website: http://www.michigan.gov/walkertavern. Contact: Belinda Grier at marieptam@gmail.com.

3 - 5. Historic Walker Tavern Civil War Muster (13220 M-50 at US -12, Brooklyn, Michigan). 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 4 and 5 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. Visit the Emerald Peacock - Civil War era saloon. 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. Registration forms at http://www.5thtexascoe.com.

3 - 5. Civil War Encampment at Grand Ledge Island Park (Grand Ledge Island Park, Grand Ledge, Michigan). Activities include living history, firing demonstrations, and a skirmish for control of the island bridge. This is being held in conjunction with Grand Ledge's Victorian Days. Water, bathrooms, firewood, and straw provided. Prize drawing for gasoline cards. Contact sylvania@victoriandays.org

3 - 5. Vicksburg is the Key (150th Anniversary Living History Event) (Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi). Vicksburg is the Key will divide groups into separate parts of Vicksburg NMP and allow multiple stories to be told at several sections of the battlefield. Over the course of the weekend, the participant's schedule and diet will be consistent with that of those men who fought around the city 150 years ago. Sponsor: The Independent Rifles. Website: http://vicksburgisthekey.weebly.com/index.html. Registration Deadline - April 1, 2013. Contact Jeremy Bevard at jbj696@yahoo.com.

4. Encampment (Convention): Michigan Department of the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic Annual Encampment (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: Paul Dave Arnold at arnoldsuvcwmi@sbcglobal.net.

5. Victorian Days Grand Victorian Ball (Grand Ledge Opera House, Grand Ledge, Michigan). Enjoy an evening of elegance and gaiety in Grand Victorian style. General Admission $25.00 (early price) $30.00 after March 29, 2013. This is being held in conjunction with Grand Ledge's Victorian Days. http://victoriandays.org/ball. Contact: 517-316-6694.

9. Presentation: Michigan’s Forgotten Civil War Soldiers – Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters (Ellis Library and Information Center, 3700 South Custer Road, Monroe Michigan). 7:00 PM. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War member and author of the new book Who was Who in Company K, Mr. Chris Czopek will give detailed information about the Native Americans who contributed to the success of the Union army during the Civil War. He will also share what happened to these veterans after they returned home The lectures are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. Website: http://monroe.lib.mi.us/civil_war_series.htm.

10 - 11. White Pine Village Civil War Muster 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (1687 S Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, Michigan). Events will include Camplife and Displays, Cannon Firing, Small Arms Interpretation, Encampment open for visitors all day and Morning Colors on Saturday. Muster Banquet on Friday May 10th at 7:00 PM. Reservations for dinner are required. The event is sponsored by the Historic White Pine Village and Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery. Website: http://www.historicwhitepinevillage.org. Contact: James Newkirk Jamesynewkirk@hotmail.com

10. School Presentation (Trinity Lutheran School, 45160 Van Dyke Avenue, Utica, Michigan). 8:00 AM. The 21st Michigan, Company H will be conducting two 40-minute presentations (rotating between military and civilian) for the students. Contact: Jim Cary at macman780@yahoo.com.

11. Civil War Tour: Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Detroit Civil War Remembrance Walking/People Mover Tour (People Mover Station, Beaubien at Monroe Street, Detroit, Michigan). Join us on this tour of downtown Detroit where we pay tribute to the local people who played a prominent role in defending our Nation and preserving the Union. “Thank God for Michigan!” Why did President Lincoln utter those famous words? How did Detroit’s role in the abolition movement impact public opinion against slavery? What two major players in the Civil War resided in Detroit prior to the outbreak of war? Why is a letter written by a local resident considered by many as the real start of the Civil War? How did a United State Senator from Michigan make his mark on the Constitution? Which Detroit mayor was able to thwart not one, but two Confederate attempts to wreak havoc locally – which if successful could have resulted in huge national consequences? What role did the city center known as Campus Martius play during this time? You'll find out the answers to these questions and much more on the Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Detroit Civil War Remembrance Tour. $25/adults, $18 children. Website: http://hometownhistorytours.com/. Contact: K. Risko at K_risko@yahoo.com.

15. Presentation: John T. Wilder’s Military Career – Wilder’s Lightning Brigade (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Donald Parman. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

16. Presentation: The Life and Times of General George Custer (Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint, Michigan) 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Dakota Starr will be giving an in-depth presentation about the life and times of General George Custer. He will be giving an overview of Custer’s service in the Civil War, then focus on his achievements out West, his view of the Indians, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Mr. Starr will also be bringing various reproductions to pass around to help the audience get a better feeling of what he and his men went through on the final few years before the West was won. Cost: Adults $9, Seniors $8, Child (3-11) $6, Child (2 & Under) Free, Annual Pass Holder Club - Free, ASTC Reciprocal Members – Free. Website at: http://sloan@sloanlongway.org. Contact: 810-237-3450.

18. Living History: Romeo, Michigan 175th Anniversary Celebration (Romeo Village Park; intersection of North Rawles and Newberry, Romeo, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Downtown Romeo will come alive with the excitement of a historically focused street fair on May 18th. Exhibits depicting Romeo’s illustrious history will be on display in and around the village park. Throughout the day historical reenactors will demonstrate activities from various eras of Romeo’s history. Vintage Autos ranging from the early 1900s to the 1980s will also be on display. More than 50 crafters and vendors will showcase their wares in the outdoor Shoppers Bazaar while local businesses and non-profits promote their organizations and fund raising activities. Main Street from Newberry to Church Streets will play host to Kids’ Zone, an area of old-fashioned, family-friendly fun for kids of all ages. There are many activities planned for this area including arts & crafts, games, petting zoo, inflatables, various contests and more! Festival-goers will be able to select from a wide variety of foods provided by The Food Trucks, enjoy an adult beverage from the beer and wine tent and watch performances on the main entertainment stage throughout the day until 6:00 PM. Website: http://romeoturns175.com/may-18th-2013-2/.Contact: Tommy Spanski at streamster48@yahoo.com.

18 - 19. 2nd Annual Civil War Days at Historic Grosvenor House (211 Maumee St, 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.

18 - 19. Civil War Reenactment (Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). Watch eyes grow wide when horses charge and cannons roar as reenactors from across the country bring an 1860s battle to life again. Young and old can learn firsthand what the Civil War was about from both Union and Confederate soldiers during Civil War Days weekend. Create a memory sure to last a lifetime when you experience the Civil War for yourself. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/. Contact info@connerprairie.org or by telephone at 800-966-1836.

19. Living History: 12th Annual Founders Day Festival and Chili Cook Off (Gibson Park, 49805 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Activities: 12:50 PM Opening Ceremonies - Color Guard by VFW, 1:00 -1:30 Neu Wixom Dance Academy Performances,1:00 Pie Baking Contest-Judging Begins, 1:00 Chili Cook-off- Taste Testing, $3 per person, 1:15 Kids Barnyard Hay Stack Dig, 1:30 Patriotic Songs by Wixom Christian Elementary, 2:00 - 3:00 Walled Lake Western Band, 2:00 & 3:30 Barnyard Express Show - Farm Animals & Petting Farm, 2:15 Pie Eating Contest, 2:45 Pie Baking Contest Winners Announced, 3:00 - 4:00 Lakeland High School Jazz Band, 3:15 Chili Cook-off Winners Announced, 1:00 - 4:00 Civil War Camps: 8th Arkansas, 122nd Mich, Company K 15th Michigan Volunteer Infantry; Sisters of the Union; Huron Valley Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Contact: Tommy Spanski at streamster48@yahoo.com.

22. School Presentation (East Hills Middle School, 2800 Kensington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan). 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Presentation depicting military and civilian life in the Civil War. Sponsored by the 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company H. Contact Ken Giorlando at historicalken@giorlando.net.

24 - 26. Branch County (Coldwater) Civil War Days - Battles at Gettysburg (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.cwcwmi.com/civil-war-days.html or by Telephone at 517-278-8032.

25 - 27. Greenfield Village Civil War Remembrance (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Michigan). Hosted by Greenfield Village. Amenities include firewood, straw, modern camping, military ball, sutlers. This event is by invitation only for reenactors. Website: www.thehenryford.org/events/civilwarremembrance.aspx.

25. Memorial Day Program: 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.

26. Memorial Day Parade: St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade (Staging Area: Behind the Chapaton Pumping Station, 21900 E 9 Mile Rd St Clair Shores, Michigan). Arrival time is 11:00 AM. Parking will be at the South Lake High School and a shuttle will take people to the staging area. The parade number for the 15th Michigan Volunteer Infantry will be 65. Following the parade, there will be refreshments at the Corporal Walter F. Bruce VFW post 28404 E. Jefferson Avenue, St Clair Shores. The parade is anticipated to be watched by over 300,000 spectators. the 15th Michigan Contact is Tommy Spanski at streamster48@yahoo.com.

26. 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.

27. Civil War Sesquicentennial Memorial Service (Hollenbeck Cemetery, North Lake Road & Hollenbeck Road, Columbiaville, Michigan) 12:00 Noon. The program will include an eulogy, reading of 9 names, placing Grand Army of the Republic Markers with Flags, playing of Taps, and a Cannon Salute by the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Regiment Hudson Artillery. Contact Fred Moorehouse, Township Office, at 810-793-2002 or Ric Julian at rnjulian@aol.com or by telephone at 810-793-6739.

27. Memorial Day Program: 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.

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

27. Memorial Day Parade: Concord Memorial Day Parade (Concord, Michigan). 10:00 AM. SUVCW Members of Austin Blair Camp #7 meet at the Homer Street Post Office, just west of the main four corners at 9:30 AM. Parade starts at 10:00 AM from there and goes to the Maple Grove Cemetery where there is a ceremony. Contact: Robert Greggs at misuvcw7@gmail.com.

30. Memorial Day Program: Annual Memorial Day Program at the Sunfield Grand Army of the Republic Hall (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.

31. School Presentation (Flynn Middle School, 2899 Fox Hill Drive, Sterling Heights, Michigan). 8:00 AM. The 21st Michigan, Company H will be conducting two 40-minute presentations (rotating between military and civilian) for the students. Contact: Jim Cary at macman780@yahoo.com.

31 - June 2. Eighth Annual Sunrise Kiwanis Art and Festival (Chatfield School, 231 Lake Drive, [located at the corner of Demille Boulevard and Genesee Street], LaPeer Michigan ). School Program: Friday from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Civil War Encampment and Living History: Saturday from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Sunday from Noon - 4:00 PM. Battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina at 2:00 PM each day. Porta-Johns, Wood, Water provided . Straw available as pre-registration request . Bounty for pre-registered artillery.. Contact: Dennis Spiekerman at dspiekerman@yahoo.com, or by telephone at 989-674-2115; or Scot Spiekerman at luckyfez@yahoo.com.

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1. Sesquicentennial Civil War Concert: (Michigan State Capital Lawn, Lansing, Michigan). 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. FREE Concert will be held on the Michigan Capital Lawn. The concert performers will be 5th Michigan Regimental Band. This will be the third 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. Sponsored by the Friends of Michigan History, Inc. Contact: Keith Harrison at pcinc@prodigy.net or Tom Truscott at tom.0506@hotmail.com.

1. Cemetery Tour of Lansing Civil War Veterans Burials (Soldiers Lot, Mount Hope Cemetery, corner of Mt. Hope and Aurelius Roads, Lansing, Michigan) 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.. As part of the Lansing, Michigan Be a Tourist in Your Own Town program, Mount Hope Cemetery and in particular, the Soldier's Lot will be the focus of the Cemetery Walk. The Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) will be available at the Grand Army of the Republic lot to address questions regarding the individuals buried in the lot and the history of the lot itself. Contact: Harold Holcomb, SUVCW Camp #17 Secretary at holcombhe@gmail.com.

2. 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.

6. Presentation: Michigan and the Civil War (Marshall District Library, 124 W Green St, Marshall, Michigan). 6:30 PM -8:00 PM. The speaker will be Shirley Gage Hodges. This lecture discusses the role and importance of Michigan in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The focus will be on the famous and not so famous Michiganders who lived and served during this period. Special emphasis will be on some of the battles the Michigan men participated in, as well as the tragedy of the Sultana, a ship transporting survivors from Andersonville Prison and other places in the South back home. The Sultana exploded, killing most of its passengers. To honor our Civil War ancestors means more than recounting the battles and the bullets. We must search for their letters and diaries to tell their stories including how they were missed on the home front. Learn what prompted President Abraham Lincoln to remark Thank God for Michigan. The lecture is free but you still need to register. Registration begins May 23 for Marshall District Library cardholders and May 26 for all others. Contact Marshall District Library at mdlinfo@marshalldistrictlibrary.org.

8. Program: Reenactment the 1863 burial of Colonel Harrison H. Jeffords (Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8000 Grand Street, Dexter, Michigan). 10:00 AM. In conjunction with Civil War Days at Gordon Hall, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Carpenter-Welch Camp #180 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is planning on reenacting the 1863 burial of Colonel Harrison H. Jeffords, a local man, killed at Gettysburg, who was buried in the Dexter Cemetery on July 17, 1863. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for trying to save the flag of the 4th Michigan Infantry in the Wheat field at Gettysburg. The Camp is working with the Dexter Historical Society, Gordon Hall Commemorative organization, and the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry to accomplish this program. Contact: Bill Mc Afee, Camp #180 Chaplain, at thistleis@sprynet.com.

8. Civil War Veteran Tombstone Dedication (Soldiers Lot, Mount Hope Cemetery, corner of Mt. Hope and Aurelius Roads, Lansing, Michigan) 2:00 PM.. The Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) will be dedicating a headstone on the grave of a Civil War Veteran. The veteran served with the 102nd United States Colored Troops. Contact: Harold Holcomb, SUVCW Camp #17 Secretary at holcombhe@gmail.com.

8. Gravesite Dedication (Smithhill Cemetery, 109 S State Rd, Otisville, Michigan). 11:00 AM. The Governor Crapo Camp #145 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) will holding a Gravesite Dedication Civil War Veteran, William Hill. Contact: David Wallace at david.wallace@comcast.net.

8 - 9. Days of the Civil War at Gordon Hall (8341 Island Lake Road, Dexter, Michigan). Host: Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum. Military and civilian encampment including a quartermaster wagon's setup will be established on the grounds with artillery fire and period bands playing. Flag sewing, minstrel music, meals and tea will be available. Due to the available space, reenactor participation will need to be by invitation only. Website: http://www.dextermuseum.org. Reenactor Contact: 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry at PukNut33@aol.com.

8 - 9. Civil War Encampment (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.

13. Presentation: Michigan & the Civil War - A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave., US-31N, Benzonia, Michigan). 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM. The Guest Lecturer will be Jack Dempsey. With lively narration, telling anecdotes and vivid battlefield accounts, Michigan and the Civil War presents, as never before, the story of Michigan’s heroic role in saving the Union. Beginning with Michigan’s antebellum period and antislavery heritage, the book describes the state’s rapid response to President Lincoln’s call to arms, its involvement in the greatest battles and its most interesting personalities. In the triumphant conclusion, Custer comers Lee at Appomattox, and the Fourth Michigan Cavalry apprehends the fleeing Davis. Based on thorough and new research, this volume is surprising in breadth, at times awe-inspiring and a continual revelation of long-overlooked Civil War contributions of the Great Lakes State. Website: http://www.millscommunityhouse.com/. Contact: 231-882-0591.

15 - 16. 2nd Annual Turkeyville Civil War Reenactment (Turkeyville U.S.A, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Road, Marshall, Michigan). Free to the public, but donations appreciated. Battles Saturday (2nd Day Gettysburg) and Sunday (3rd Day Gettysburg), Grand Ball Saturday night, Night Artillery Firing, ladies tea and fashion show, and pie eating contest. Special Impression Area to include Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, General Ulysses S. Grant, Post office, Barber, Storyteller, Blacksmith, Quartermaster, and Surgeon. 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. Artillery Bounties ($100/first six guns each side), Cavalry Bounties ($20/horse first registered) Registration can be by via the web or by email. Website: http://www.turkeyville.com. Reenactor Contact: Email psabo72@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 517-626-4336.

15 - 16. North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) Skirmish (Lansing Muzzle Loading Gun Club, 8545 Garrison Road, Laingsburg, Michigan). Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:30; Sunday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The N-SSA was formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery. Typically, individual competition consisting of shooting at paper targets for score is held on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The team carbine match is held Saturday afternoon and the team musket match is held Sunday morning. The team maches consist of 5 member teams shooting five different events of breakable targets at 50 and 100 yards. Each team is timed and the winner goes to the team with the lowest total time. Spectators are welcome and can even try shooting a Civil War era firearm during the Saturday morning individual competition. Website: http://www.NWTskirmisher.com. Contact: Keith Davis at kgdavis1@cinci.rr.com.

17 - July 8. Exhibit: Civil War 150 (Wayne Public Library, 3737 South Wayne Road, Wayne, Michigan) 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Developed as a collaboration between The Library of America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, CIVIL WAR 150 invites Americans to understand how soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of president in wartime. The project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Website: at: http://www.wayne.lib.mi.us. Contact: 7340-721-7832.

18. Presentation: Why The Civil War Still Matters, Opening Reception for Civil War 150 (Wayne State University Library, 3737 S Wayne Rd, Wayne, Michigan) 6:30 PM. The Wayne Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of a traveling exhibition, Civil War 150, with a musical program of Irish Civil War music and African American spirituals followed by a discussion with Tim Moran on "Why the Civil War Still Matters." Website: http://www.wayne.lib.mi.us/civilwar150.html

20. Presentation: Capitalism and the Civil War (Wayne State University Library, 3737 S Wayne Rd, Wayne, Michigan) 6:30 PM. Slavery and capitalism were deeply entangled with one another as the United States grew into an economic power in the first half of the nineteenth century. To better understand these entanglements please join John Moore as he discusses Civil War America and the making of an economic power. Website: http://www.wayne.lib.mi.us/civilwar150.html

20. Presentation: The Importance of Women in the Civil War (Marshall District Library, 124 W Green St, Marshall, Michigan). 6:30 PM -8:00 PM. The speaker will be Shirley Gage Hodges. The lecture will cover women who served during the war in various capacities; nurses, spies, and women soldiers. Among those discussed will be the women who disguised themselves as men in order to fight in the war, those who used their feminine charms to procure information about the enemy, and those who cared for the sick and dying. The lecture is free but you still need to register. Registration begins May 23 for Marshall District Library cardholders and May 26 for all others. Contact Marshall District Library at mdlinfo@marshalldistrictlibrary.org.

20. Presentation: Emancipation Proclamation (Plymouth Township Municipal Building, 9955 N Haggerty Rd, Plymouth, Michigan). 8:00 PM. Fred A Priebe (aka Abraham Lincoln) will discuss the Emancipation Proclanmation and Abraham Lincoln. Contact: Fred A Priebe at alincoln@comcast.net.

21 - 23. Frankenmuth 3rd Annual Time-Line Event: American Heritage & Heroics Festival 2013 (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/.

22. Presentation: 102nd United States Colored Troops Company B (Wayne State University Library, 3737 S Wayne Rd, Wayne, Michigan) 1:00 PM. The 102 Regiment, also known as the 1st Michigan Colored Infantry, was an African American unit from Michigan which joined the Union Army to fight in the American Civil War. Come and learn about their history of service and valor in the fight to end slavery in America. Website: http://www.wayne.lib.mi.us/civilwar150.html

22 - 23. Waterloo Farm Museum Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend (13493 Waterloo-Munith Road, Waterloo, Michigan). Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM & Sunday Noon to 4:00 PM. The Waterloo Farm Museum is one of Jackson County’s historic gems and it comes alive with even more peeks at the past this weekend during “Blacksmiths, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend.” Try hands-on pioneer activities like wood carving or making socks on a 19th-century sock machine. Blacksmiths will set up their forges and demonstrate their skills, a Civil War encampment fills the grounds and docents will bake in the bake house and work in the barn and garden. In honor of Michigan’s Log Cabin Day celebration on Sunday, a young couple will set up housekeeping in the museum’s own log cabin. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors 62 and older and $2 for ages 5 to 17 apply. Children younger than 5 and members of the Waterloo Area Historical Society get in free. Contact: Website http://www.waterloofarmmuseum.org, Telephone: 517-596-2254.

25. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -Michigan at Gettysburg (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Dr. Roger Rosentreter will be the speaker. 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.

26. Presentation: Lest We Forget: Black Civil War Soldiers & Sailors (Wayne State University Library, 3737 S Wayne Rd, Wayne, Michigan) 6:30 PM. Join us for a 55 minute documentary detailing the experience of African American soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. The film's director, Jeff O'Den, will lead a post-viewing discussion. Website: http://www.wayne.lib.mi.us/civilwar150.html

27. Presentation: Michigan & the Civil War - A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Lower Level, Program Room A, Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, Michigan). 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.. The Guest Lecturer will be Jack Dempsey. With lively narration, telling anecdotes and vivid battlefield accounts, Michigan and the Civil War presents, as never before, the story of Michigan’s heroic role in saving the Union. Beginning with Michigan’s antebellum period and antislavery heritage, the book describes the state’s rapid response to President Lincoln’s call to arms, its involvement in the greatest battles and its most interesting personalities. In the triumphant conclusion, Custer comers Lee at Appomattox, and the Fourth Michigan Cavalry apprehends the fleeing Davis. Based on thorough and new research, this volume is surprising in breadth, at times awe-inspiring and a continual revelation of long-overlooked Civil War contributions of the Great Lakes State. Contact: Judy Cook at 301-776-4314 or Larry Halverson, Community Relations Coordinator at lhalverson@loutitlibrary.org.

27 - 30. 1st Progressive Regiment - Blue Gray Alliance 150th Gettysburg Reenactment. (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). The member organizations of the Blue Gray Alliance have made the decision to present a 150th Anniversary Battle of Gettysburg. Plans are currently underway for this four day event which will include historically accurate recreations of the various battles in and around Gettysburg in 1863. This was the "high tide" mark for the Confederacy and was a major turning point in the war. The event location and a site map will be posted before the event. The first impression of the Progressive Brigade will be the Iron Brigade and within that the 1st Progressive Regiment will portray the 24th Michigan. Our portrayal will not end with the conclusion of the McPherson's Woods engagement but will run all the way up to Culp's Hill and through it. At the end of that time, the Progressive Brigade will switch impressions to portray the 1st Maryland, Potomac Home Brigade. They were part of Lockwood's Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Corp. They saw service both in the Wheat field and at Culp's Hill. 1st Progressive Regiment Registration Website: https://sites.google.com/site/westernbrigade/registration. Contact Will Eichler at steadiwill@earthlink.net.

29. Presentation: Civil War Battlefield Medicine (Wayne State University Library, 3737 S Wayne Rd, Wayne, Michigan) 1:00 PM. The practice of battlefield medicine during the Civil War was arduous. Medical knowledge was limited and the lack of sanitation resulted in rampant disease. Despite these terrible conditions, surgeons and nurses did their best to provide adequate medical care. Join us and learn from Gerald Turlo, MD, Wayne State University, about the practice of battlefield medicine in the 1860s. Website: http://www.wayne.lib.mi.us/civilwar150.html.

30. Living History: Richmond Log Cabin Days (Historic Village, Bailey Memorial Park, 36045 Park Street, Richmond, Michigan). 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The fur trade era and a Civil War Living History will be depicted with on-going demonstrations. Watch local artisans as they carry out their craft. Among the lost arts demonstrated will be "flint napping" - the making of arrowheads, candle making, spinning, and pipe carving, along with banjo music and story telling. Website: http://richmondhistoricalsociety.org/projects_events.html.Contact: Tommy Spanski at streamster48@yahoo.com.

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2. Presentation: Civil War Soldier - Voting Laws: Shifting the Boundaries of Political Citizenship (Wayne State University Library, 3737 S Wayne Rd, Wayne, Michigan) 6:30 PM. This program describes a boundary-shift that occurred during the Civil War, when seventeen Northern states enacted laws permitting soldiers to vote away from home. It was America's first experience with absentee voting, and directly impacted President Lincoln's reelection in 1864 and the winning of the war. Website: http://www.wayne.lib.mi.us/civilwar150.html.

4 - 7. 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg (1085 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). Join us in the field for the 150TH Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment, the single largest and one of the most pivotal military engagements ever fought on American soil. The event will take place just outside of Gettysburg over four days, on July 4, 5, 6, & 7. This is an All Day Family Event where those dusty old history books will come alive. There will be spectacular Battle Reenactments, Field Demonstrations, a large Living History Village, Living History Activities Tents, Guest Speakers and an extensive Sutler Area. Thousands of reenactors from across the nation and around the world will be staging the battle reenactments for this very special reenactment. Visit the camps, learn about Civil War Medicine, Music, Weapons and Daily Life during the conflict that defined our nation and saved the Union! Once in a lifetime event. Sponsor is the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee. Website: http://www.GettysburgReenactment.com. Reenactor Registration Website: http://reenactor.gettysburgreenactment.com/http://reenactor.gettysburgreenactment.com/ Contact: Telephone - 717-338-1525.

5. Dedication of Michigan History Marker: Battle of Monterey Pass & the Retreat from Gettysburg (Washington Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania). 7:00 PM. The July 5th dedication is part of a 4-day program beginning on July 4th and ending on July 7th commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monterey Pass & the Retreat from Gettysburg. Website at: http://www.montereypassbattlefield.org. Contact: Montereypass Battlefield at info@montereypassbattlefield.org

8. Presentation: Irish Brigade (American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave, Jackson, Michigan) 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Jim Jackson. The event is sponsored by the Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Website and Registration: http://www.austinblaircamp7.com/. Contact: Robert Greggs at misuvcw7@gmail.com

9. Presentation: Famous Civil War Families (Marshall District Library, 124 W Green St, Marshall, Michigan). 6:30 PM -8:00 PM. The speaker will be Shirley Gage Hodges. This lecture details how the Civil War impacted the lives of some of the famous families of that period. Our own families may not have been famous but they suffered the same losses, griefs and hardships that these families knew. The lecture is free but you still need to register. Registration begins May 23 for Marshall District Library cardholders and May 26 for all others. Contact Marshall District Library at mdlinfo@marshalldistrictlibrary.org.

11. Presentation: Oh Hast Thou Forgotten (Lower Level, Program Room A, Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, Michigan). 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.. In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the Loutit District Library for his Civil War History Program is pleased to present Civil War author Richard L. Hamilton. The topic of his presentation will be based on his book, Oh Hast Thou Forgotten, where Richard, in attire that replicates the uniform of his ancestor, 1st Sgt. George T. Patten, steps into his character and talks about his service in the 6th Michigan Cavalry Regiment during the Gettysburg Campaign. Hamilton is a retired General Motors Corporation manufacturing engineering manager who holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering, and MS in industrial management. He is a former professor of engineering technology at Western Michigan University and director of technology at Ferris State University. He is a member of the Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp #17 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Mayflower Society candidate. Richard and his spouse, Ruth Ann retired to Arizona in 1999. Contact: Larry Halverson, Community Relations Coordinator at lhalverson@loutitlibrary.org.

12. Presentation Seven Stops to Freedom (Ross Beatty High School Auditorium, 22721 Diamond Cove St., Cassopolis, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Dr Von and Fran Washington will present a story of a journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad - a journey of seven stops from Mississippi to Cass County, Michigan. 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 info@urscc.org or by telephone at 269-445-7358.

13. Presentation: Cass County in the Civil War (Bonine House, M-60, Vandalia, Michigan). Saturday: Afternoon (time to be determined). In conjunction with the Village of Vandalia, Michigan and the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County's 4th annual Underground Railroad Days, Cass County-native, Mr. Keith G. Harrison, will present a discussion on the soldiers that served in the Civil War from Cass County, Michigan. Mr. Harrison is the Past National Commander-in-Chief of both the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Website: http://www.urscc.org. Contact: Cathy LaPointe at info@urscc.org or by telephone at 269-445-7358.

13 - 14. 4th Annual Underground Railroad Days (Vandalia, Michigan). Saturday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Village of Vandalia, Michigan and the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC) will co sponsor the 4th annual Underground Railroad Days Saturday July 13 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday July 14 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Vandalia. The two-day celebration of the history of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) in this area will feature guided tours of UGRR sites, information booths and displays, tours of the Bonine House (home of UGRR stationmaster James E. Bonine), Civil War Living History Encampment, a replica of a Ramptown cabin for storytelling and song, as well as presentations on various aspects of the UGRR in Cass County. The lead up week to Underground Railroad Days (July 8 - 12) also has activities for the entire family. The Cass District Library will feature UGRR films on Monday and Thursday at 6:00 PM. On Tuesday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Cassopolis students will stage a "Wax Museum" at the Bonine House, featuring characters from the UGRR in Cass County. There will be a "Journey to Freedom" safe house experience at the Dowagiac Museum on Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. A complete schedule of activities will be published closer to the celebration. Website: http://www.urscc.org. Contact: Cathy LaPointe at info@urscc.org or by telephone at 269-445-7358.

19 - 21. 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 Preregister at no charge. The on-site registration fee is $10.00 per reenactor. Preregistration required/fee for walk-ons. Reenactors can reserve buildings for use throughout the weekend. Website and registration form/information at http://www.charltonpark.org/news_events/special_events.html. Contact: info@charltonpark.org.

20. New Monument Dedication: Walter Orr Post #312, Grand Army of the Republic (Michigan Community Center. 8450 S. 36th Street, Scotts, Michigan). 1:00 PM. The newly erected monument to the former Scotts, Michigan Walter Orr Post #312, Grand Army of the Republic will be formally dedicated. The monument was erected by The Friends of Union Veterans of Scotts, Michigan and The Thirteenth Michigan Memorial Association. Contact Mike Culp at mculp@kvcc.edu.

27. 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 AM - 5:00 PM . The patriotic program starts at 1:00 PM. 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.

27. Byron Center Historical Day (Bicentennial Park, 8085 Byron Center Ave, Byron Center, Michigan). Noon - 5:00 PM. The Byron Township annual community celebration occurs on the last weekend of July. Each year the Byron Days Festival committee with the continued support of our community presents a weekend of family fun, food, entertainment, huge Historic Parade, Civil War Demonstration, softball tournament, a 5K race/walk and Sunday morning community service. Contact Website http://business.byroncenterchamber.org/events/details/byron-days-festival-2.

27. Reenactment Battle of Chickamauga (Snodgrass Hill) (Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society - aka Moses Wisner Homestead, 405 Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Pontiac, Michigan). Plans are underway with the 22nd Michigan/8th Arkansas and 102nd USCT to conduct a reenactment of one or two portions from the Battle of Chickamauga, which decimated Colonel Moses Wisner's 22nd Michigan regiment. In addition to the reenactment, there will be an ice cream social, Civil War living history encampments, band concert, and infantry and artillery demonstrations. There also will be an 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: http://www.ocphs.org. Contact: Leo Tomaszewski at leotom1864@yahoo.comor Tom Berlucchi at tberlucchi@yahoo.com.

27 - 28. North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) Skirmish (Lansing Muzzle Loading Gun Club, 8545 Garrison Road, Laingsburg, Michigan). Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:30; Sunday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The N-SSA was formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery. Typically, individual competition consisting of shooting at paper targets for score is held on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The team carbine match is held Saturday afternoon and the team musket match is held Sunday morning. The team maches consist of 5 member teams shooting five different events of breakable targets at 50 and 100 yards. Each team is timed and the winner goes to the team with the lowest total time. Spectators are welcome and can even try shooting a Civil War era firearm during the Saturday morning individual competition. Website: http://www.NWTskirmisher.com. Contact: Keith Davis at kgdavis1@cinci.rr.com.

28. Holly Lakeside Cemetery Walk (Park and Thomas streets, north of Maple street, Holly, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The program will start at the Civil War monument at 1:00 PM followed by cemetery walk featuring 8 Holly residents portraying Civil War soldiers buried at the cemetery. Cost is $5 adults and students $3. Ticket proceeds go to support the Hadley House Museum. The program is being sponsored by the Holly Historical Society and the Governor Crapo Camp No. 145 of Flint, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Contact: 248-634-9111.

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2 - 4. Village of Port Sanilac Civil War Days 2013 (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. There is discussion to have the historic village portray the village of Gettysburg following the battle in 1863. The event also 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.

9 - 10 . Port Oneida Rural and Cultural Art Fair (Port Oneida Historic Farm District - located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - four miles north of Glen Arbor, Michigan on M-22) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day. Exhibits and demonstrations over two days at five farms and the Port Oneida Schoolhouse. Some of the activities include: Native American crafts, folk music, blacksmith, Civil War reenactors, antique bicycles, antique cars, landscape painting, storytelling, quilting, horse and wagon rides, barn dance, fur trader, weavers, celtic music, maritime history, barn building, nature hikes and more. Park pass required. Website: http://www.thehomesteadresort.com/events/port-oneida-rural-and-cultural-art-fair/. Contact: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at contact Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at 231-326=5134.

9 - 11. 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.

9 - 11. Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment (Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, Ohio). More than 500 reenactors are expected to participate, making this one of the largest annual Civil War events in Ohio. Guests will meet soldiers and civilians, hear the sounds of battle, smell the gunpowder, and dance at the annual Hale Civil War Ball. At 2:00 pm daily, the recreation of Civil War battles in the museum’s North Pasture is just one feature of the event. Cannons, on loan from the Ohio Statehouse, will roar across the re-created battlefield amidst the soldiers, smoke, and gunfire. Cavalry will charge as the battle unfolds just yards away. Take part in this historic event as we celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Civil War Commanders joining us during this year's event: Bob Minton of the Army of the Ohio and Christopher Smith of Birney's Division head up the Union forces and Nick Medich of the Kings Brigade, 1st Confederate Division/Medich's Battalion leads the Confederates in the battle. Website and Registration: http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Civil_War_Reenactment_Encampment. Contact halereservations@wrhs.org or by telephone at 330-666-3711.

10 - 11. Milford Memories (Central Park, Milford, Michigan). Hosted by the 9th Kentucky (CS). Artillery, skirmishes, arts & crafts, children's drill/muster ceremony, fashion show, and U.S. Military Personnel Memorial Service. Website: www.milfordmemories.com. Contact is Joan Spiroff nspiroff@comcast.net or by Telephone at 248-685-1772

17. Saturday Social Event (John C. Blanchard House, 251 East Main Street, Ionia, Michigan) 11:00 AM start. Program is billed as an afternoon or town tours and evening of 1863 entertainments. Activities include: Noon - Lunch on the lawn, a picnic of sandwiches and lemonade, 1:00 PM - Guided tours of Ionia, including a walking tour of the historic business district and a carriage tour of other historical locations throughout the community, 5:00 PM - Gather at the Blanchard House for a pot luck dinner, 6:00 PM - Presentation of music, dramatic readings and recitals. There also will be presented recent reports from the battlefield and Washington City. Civilian and Military Reenactors wanted. The 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry will have a small display on the lawn of the Blanchard House. http://www.ioniahistory.org/ .

17. 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.

17. Glenwood Cemetery "Back to the Bricks" Walk (2500 W. Court St, Flint, Michigan). 10:00 AM. Glenwood Cemetery shares tales of those who revolutionized the world. Governor Crapo Camp 145, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Contact David Wallace at david.wallace@comcast.net.

24. Grand Opening of Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic National Headquarters Museum Room (3416 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio). 10:00 AM. LGAR History Seminar, 1:00 PM Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. LGAR room is located in the Military Museum on the campus of the Ohio Veteran’s Home. Contact Elizabeth Rock at octagonlr@aol.com or by telephone at 419-625-2454 ext 1447.

24 - 25. 29th 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 (Chancellorsville)and Sunday (Gettysburg) 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.

31 - September 1. Fenian Raid-Port Huron Celebration (Desmond Landing, 520 Water Street, Port Huron Michigan). [DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED UNTIL NEXT YEAR]. The Fenian Brotherhood was an Irish republican organization founded in the United States in 1858. Between 1866 and 1871, the Fenian Brotherhood, which was based in the United States and which was composed of many former Union and Confederate Irish veterans (with considerable military experience), raided Canada in an attempt to take over British army forts, customs posts and other targets in Canada, in order to bring pressure on Britain to exchange Ireland's freedom for possession of their Province of Canada. An opening ceremony will be held on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Union and Confederate Civil War reenactors (as the Fenians wore whatever uniform they mustered out in) and Civil War era Civilians are invited to participate. There will be an Artillery Bounty. Camping on the grounds is encouraged. Period vendors are welcome. Contact: Joe Ann Burgett at thefenianraid@gmail.com or by Telephone at 810-689-0109.

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6 - 8. North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) Skirmish (Lansing Muzzle Loading Gun Club, 8545 Garrison Road, Laingsburg, Michigan). Friday from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to Noon. The N-SSA was formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery. Typically, individual competition consisting of shooting at paper targets for score is held on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The team carbine match is held Saturday afternoon and the team musket match is held Sunday morning. The team maches consist of 5 member teams shooting five different events of breakable targets at 50 and 100 yards. Each team is timed and the winner goes to the team with the lowest total time. Spectators are welcome and can even try shooting a Civil War era firearm during the Saturday morning individual competition. Team Carbine starts at 1:00 PM on Saturday. On Sunday, team musket match runs from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Website: http://www.NWTskirmisher.com. Contact: Keith Davis at kgdavis1@cinci.rr.com.

7 - 8. Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster (Northwest corner of 24th Street and Country Club Road with entrances off of 16th Street, 24th Street, and Country Club Road, Holland, Michigan). Free Dinner Saturday Night. Battle both days, and possibly tacticals. Bounties are offered for cavalry and artillery. Website: http://www.hollandmuseum.org, Contract: Wendy VanWoerkom: wvanwoerkom@hollandmuseum.org or by Telephone at 616-796-3324.

9. Presentation: 13th Michigan Memorial (American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave, Jackson, Michigan) 7:00 PM. The presenter will be Mike Culp. The event is sponsored by the Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Website and Registration: http://www.austinblaircamp7.com/. Contact: Robert Greggs at misuvcw7@gmail.com

11. Presentation: Post Civil War Organizations and the Sesquicentennial. (Ingham Township Hall, 1420 Johnson St., Dansville, Michigan). 7:00 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. Website: Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners http://www.micw150.us/. Contact: Leanne M. Meyer at leanne.meyer@att.net.

12. Presentation: The Un-Civil War: True Crime in the Civil War (Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The Monroe County Civil War Round Table is sponsoring a presentation by true crime author Tobin Buhk. He will reveal the seedy side of America’s War of the Rebellion. Presentation is free and open to the public. Website at: http://www.monroe.lib.mi.us/civilwarseries/index.htm. Contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec at Charmaine.Wawrzyniec@monroe.lib.mi.us.

14 - 15. Civil War Days (Historic Fort Wayne 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan). Tactical demonstrations both days, Battle Reenactment, Vintage Baseball Game, Civilian Camps, Ice cream social, Civilian activities, Special Impressions, firewood, and showers. Artillery Bounty for the first 4 full scale cannon registered. Website: http://historicfortwaynecoalition.com/cwdays.html. Contacts: Doris Julian at Juliandoris2@aol.com or Tom Berlucchi at Tberlucchi@yahoo.com or by Telephone at 248-840-5234.

18. Presentation: Lincoln’s Funeral Train (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Scott Trostle. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

19 - 22. 150th Anniversary Battle of Chickamauga (Mountain Cove Farms, Walker County, Georgia). The Blue Gray Alliance is partnering with Walker County, Georgia in order to present the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. Website: http://www.150thanniversarychickamauga.com. Registration website: http://www.150thanniversarychickamauga.com/registration.html. Contact: Earl Zeckman (Military Department of Mississippi) at ezeckman@bellsouth.net.

20 - 21. Marine City Heritage Day (Historic City Hall grounds, 300 Broadway Street, Marine City, Michigan). Friday night - set up of living history encampment, Saturday - 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Encampment provided by the 15th Michigan Infantry. The Friends of City Hall will once again present historical information with entertainment and displays. Contact: Friends of City Hall at 810-765-8421.

20 - 22. 9th 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, Two (2) Battle Reenactments featuring Events from Chickamauga, Georgia , Fashion Show, Period Base Ball match, Tactical on Oak Hill, Night Weapons Firing, Candlelight Camp Tour, Ladies Tea, and Church Service. Website: http://www.tenthmichiganinfantry.com. Contact: Email at tenthmich@yahoo.com or Telephone at 989-400-3904.

21 - 22. 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. 2013 will mark the 6th 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. Contact: Norman Schools at Small47@aol.com.

26. Grand Opening: Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum (224 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan). 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum was built in the late 1880s and was used by the Eaton Rapids James B. Brainerd GAR Post #111 from the late 1880s to 1922 when it stopped meeting there. The GAR Post was subsequently disbanded in 1928. The GAR hall has since been used for several purposes until it was obtained by the non-profit corporation, Grand Army of the Republic, Michigan Department, James B. Brainerd Post #111 Memorial Hall and Museum, Inc in 2013. A small portion of a very large GAR memorabilia collection will be on display at the Grand Opening. The event is free. Also for those who are interested in helping to support the hall, both Charter ($100) and General ($25) memberships will be available. There will be light refreshments served. Contact: Deb Malewski, Board Secretary, at debmalewski@sbcglobal.net.

27 - 29. 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. Also Native American, Colonial, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, World Wars I & II, and Vietnam Time Periods. Korn & Old-Time Root Beer, Witness Civil War Sea Battle, Skirmishes and Demonstrations, Shop Sutlers’ Row, Period Music, Dance and Games, and Craft Projects for children. School Presentations One Day Only: Friday September 27, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Camps open Saturday 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM and on Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Sponsored by the Bay County Historical Society and the River of Time Committee. Website: http://www.riveroftime.org. Civil War contact: Paul Davis at pdmarcomm@aol.com.

27 - 29. Angola Civil War Days (Commons Park, Angola, Indiana). Hosted by Carpenters Battery. Skirmish Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by Angola Parks and Recreation Angola American Legion Post 31. Contact: Cara Macknick at 260-668-3943.

29. Livonia Cemetery Walk (Clarenceville Cemetery, 8 Mile and Brentwood Road, Livonia, Michigan) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM . Groups will start every 15 minutes. Reenactors will be portraying notable Livonia residents at this Cemetery. Complimentary cider and donuts. Advance tickets $10, $15. at the gate. Contact and Advanced tickets are available at Greenmead: 248-477-7375.

30. Presentation Behind the Scenes - Filming of Battle of Gettysburg (Michigan Regimental Round Table, Farmington Public Library, 23500 Liberty Street, Farmington, Michigan). 6:45 PM. Brian James Egen, Program Development Officer at The Henry Ford and Chair of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, will give a behind-the-scenes look at how the Battle of Gettysburg was brought to the screen in the film version 20 years ago. He will relate his experiences being cast in a speaking role and being on set for two of the three months it took to film it. The public is welcome to attend the free program. Contact: 517-552-8733.

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5 - 6. 21st Annual Wolcott Mill Civil War Days (63841 Wolcott Road, Ray, Michigan). The 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee will be portrayed. There also will be a tactical on Saturday. The 11th Michigan will be the federal regiment portrayed for the grand assault. The Confederates will portray Granbury's Texas Brigade for the Tunnel Hill Scenario. Sponsored by Huron-Clinton Metro Park, Multi-Lakes Association for Civil War Studies (the 4th Texas, Co. E and the CFI)Websites: Huron-Clinton Metropark, 4th Texas, Contact: Steve Domke at demrebel@netzero.com or John Fross at ssorfj@aol.com.

6. Presentation: An Afternoon of Spirited Conversation with the Generals of the North and South (Monroe VFW Post 1138, 400 Jones Avenue, Monroe, Michigan). 3:00 PM. The Monroe County Historical Society hosts an afternoon of spirited conversation between our guest of the Confederacy, General A.P. Hill, and Monroe’s own General George A. Custer. The Generals will relive highlights from their military careers. This event is sponsored by the Monroe County Historical Society. For more information, contact: Charmaine Wawrzyniec at Charmaine.Wawrzyniec@monroe.lib.mi.us or Telephone 734-241-5277.

7. Presentation: The Man in the Red Battle Shirt: The Life of General A.P. Hill (Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Reenactor and historical adviser, Patrick Falci, will be making a rare visit to Monroe. He is known for his portrayal of General Ambrose Powell Hill in the movie Gettysburg. He was the historical adviser for Ron Maxwell’s movie Gods and Generals. Since the making of the movie, Patrick has spent 20 years traveling throughout the country enlightening the public about “Lee’s Forgotten General”. The program is sponsored by the Monroe County Civil War Round Table. For more information, contact: Charmaine Wawrzyniec at Charmaine.Wawrzyniec@monroe.lib.mi.us or Telephone 734-241-5277.

6 - 31. Museum Program: The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War (Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint, Michigan) 8:00 AM- 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. 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. Cost: Adults $9, Seniors $8, Child (3-11) $6, Child (2 & Under) Free, Annual Pass Holder Club - Free, ASTC Reciprocal Members – Free. Website at: http://sloan@sloanlongway.org. Contact: 810-237-3450.

10 - 13. The Battle of Fort Sanders (150th Anniversary Battle Reenactment) (10008 Washington Pike, Corryton, Tennessee). On November 29, 1863 , the Confederate forces of James Longstreet massed for a pre-dawn attack on a Union earthwork just west of Knoxville, Tennessee. The earthwork, held by the troops under Ambrose Burnside, seemed vulnerable. It appeared that the rate of fire from the northwest bastion simply could not stop a large attacking force. Incomplete or inaccurate Confederate reconnaissance failed to reveal a deep ditch in front of the parapet, and that flaw would lead to the disastrous attack. One Hundred forty four years later a documentary production crew used the description of Union engineer Orlando Poe to reconstruct the northwest bastion. Built on a slope very similar to the original location, the bastion stands as a monument to the men who met in battle on that fateful day. Sponsors: The Frank H. McClung Museum (University of Tennessee), Abraham Lincoln Museum, Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, Tennessee), Media Sponsor - WBIR TV 10. Sponsoring Units: 79th N.Y. East Tennessee and 63rd Tennessee. Website: http://www.battleoffortsanders.com/Site/Welcome.html.Reenactors registration contact at sclapp44@yahoo.com. Michigan Contact: Jeremy Bevard at jbj696@yahoo.com.

11 - 13. 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 and 49th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company F. Website: http://www.angelfire.com/in3/34IN/reenactorguide.html.

11 - 13. 2nd Annual Carpenter Farm Civil War Muster (Peacock Road Tree Farm, Laingsburg, Michigan). Sponsored by the Tenth Michigan Infantry and Peacock Road Tree Farm. A great family event with period school classes in an original 1859 School House, Living History Camps near a Pioneer Cabin, horse drawn wagon rides, petting zoo with over 50 farm animals, Drills, Speed Shooting Contest, Two (2) Battle Reenactments featuring Events from the Port Hudson, Louisiana Campaign, Fashion Show, Base Ball match, Vermillion Creek Tactical, Night Weapons Firing, Ladies Tea, and Church Service. A Civil War Ball is in the planning stage for the muster. Website: http://www.tenthmichiganinfantry.com. Contact: Email at tenthmich@yahoo.com or Telephone at 989-400-3904.

12. Annual Harvest Ball (Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan). Hosted by the 7th Michigan. Glen Morningstar and Ruffwater Stringband, $15/person. Contact is Linda Williams at lansinglinda@comcast.net or by Telephone at 517-484-2496.

12. Woodland Cemetery Tour (East Fourth and Jerome Streets, Monroe, Michigan). 10:00 AM. Thirty different Monroe Civil War soldiers will be highlighted from Generals to privates, from 102nd U.S. Colored troops to a Medal of Honor recipient. The tour will be lead by historian David Ingall. Sponsored by Woodland Cemetery and the Monroe County Historical Museum. Tickets: $5 Adult, Children 12 and under FREE. All Those Wearing Civil War Attire are FREE! Tickets available in advance. Contact Christine Kull at chris_kull@monroemi.org or by telephone at 734-240-7787.

12. Seminar: Focus on the Civil War (Orchard Lake St. Mary s, 3535 Indian Trail C, Dining Hall - Bldg. 15 (off Commerce Road entrance), Orchard Lake, Michigan). 9:00 AM - Noon.

Speakers
Dave Finney is a nationally recognized scholar, author, and lecturer regarding Civil War topics. He has contributed to many Civil Was documentaries and has been a seasonal historian at Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park, Virginia and Petersburg National Military Park, Virginia. Dave has served on numerous civic committees and received many Awards and Honors.
Brian J. Bohnett author of Them Was the Days! has researched and collected memorabilia from the old Michigan Military Academy (MMA) for over a decade. An active member of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society and the Burroughs Bibliophiles, he is currently writing a bibliography of Charles King, a former staff member of the old MMA.
Gary Pike was born in Alabama and his ancestors fought in the Civil War. This historian belongs to numerous Civil War roundtables and historical societies and is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Rudy Ruzicska is a black powder muzzleloader enthusiast. He belongs to numerous historical organizations and for many years he chaired the Greenfield Village Muzzle Loaders Festival.
Cost $15.00. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 9 to Judy, 248-808-0893. Sponsored by the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society.

12 - 13. 2013 Antietam National Battlefield Living History Weekend (5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland). Sponsored by the National Park Service and 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Contact: Craig DeCrane, 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry at decrane@buckeye-express.com.

13. Waterloo Farm Museum Pioneer Day (13493 Waterloo-Munith Road, Waterloo, 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 your tour the house, while artists, craftspeople, and Civil War reenactors demonstrate yesteryear's traditions. Website http://www.waterloofarmmuseum.org, Contact Telephone: 517-596-2254.

16. Presentation: A Portrayal of Edmund Ruffin (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Daniel Moll. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

19 - 20. Civil War Living History Event (Greenmead Historic Village, 20201 Newburgh Road, Livonia, Michigan) Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Featuring Demonstrations in Social and Military Activities/Scenarios such as a Fashion Show, Temperance Rally, Childrens Games/ Toys, Needlework Demonstrations, a Field Hospital, Military Drill, and Camp Life. Presented by 17th Michigan, Company E. Website at: http://www.17micoe.com/. Contact Darlene Lum, 17th Michigan, Co E, Event Coordinator at lumdarlene@yahoo.com.

20. Cemetery Tour: Spirits of Ionia History Past (Highland Park Cemetery, 251 East Main St, Ionia, Michigan). 1:00 PM - 4 :00 PM. You will have the chance to meet some spirits (including Civil War soldiers) along the way! This is a unique learning opportunity for the whole family! Tickets are $2 for students and $7 for adults. Park in lot near cemetery a "Time Machine" will transport every 20 min. last transport is 3:30 p.m.. The event is sponsored by the Ionia County Historical Society. Website: http://www.ioniahistory.org/.

24 - 27. 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 Oas 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 5:00 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/. Contact: Telephone 269-795-7530

26. Plymouth Historical Museum's Civil War Cemetery Walk (Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth Road, Plymouth, Michigan). Tours start at 4:00 PM, last tour starts at 7:30 PM. Meet and greet some of the characters from Plymouth's past at Riverside Cemetery during the Plymouth Historical Museum's "Plymouth Characters" Cemetery Walk. Hear the tales of Plymouth's ghosts, such as Civil War soldiers Asa Joy and Ralph Terry, Plymouth's undertaker William Bassett, and Plymouth photographer Romeo Wood. Walks begin at 4 p.m. from the Mausoleum inside Riverside Cemetery. Parking is available inside the cemetery. Refreshments, provided by our sponsor Courthouse Grille of Plymouth, will be available at the cemetery following the walk. Walks begin at 4 p.m. with small groups departing every 15 minutes. The walk lasts 60-90 minutes and involves some walking over uneven ground so please wear sturdy walking shoes. Bring flashlights for later tour times. Your tour time will be assigned upon purchase. If you are coming with a group, please let us know so we can schedule your group together. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the cemetery and will not be sold from the Web the day of the cemetery walk. You can also purchase a membership in the Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum and get up to two free tickets. If you purchase a Kellogg Park membership for $25, you will receive one (1) free ticket; if you purchase a Daisy membership for $50, you will receive two (2) free tickets. Purchase below using Paypal or stop by the Museum during open hours. Early and late times fill up fast, so be sure to purchase your tickets early! Call 734-455-8940 for more information. Contact Elizabeth Kerstens at director@plymouthhistory.org.

29. FREE Sesquicentennial Civil War Seminar -Michigan Cavalry Brigade at Gettysburg (Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8436 West Grand Ledge Hwy (M-43) in Sunfield, Michigan). 7:00 PM. The speaker that evening will be David Smith. He is a Charlotte, Michigan native who has been a practicing attorney in Charlotte for 47 years. Mr. Smith counts three of his ancestors, including his great grandfather, as veteran's of the Civil War. He has a long standing interest in the Civil War and particularly the Michigan Cavalry Brigade of which one of his ancestors was a member. This Brigade was the only one in the Civil War comprised entirely of regiments from a single state. The four regiments comprising the Michigan Cavalry Brigade consisted primarily of young men from Central Michigan. Notably, over 120 men serving in the 7th Michigan Cavalry Regiment were from Eaton County. The Michigan Cavalry Brigade was organized in early 1863 and saw it's first action in late June of that year. One week later it would command a pivotal position at the most significant battle of the Civil War at Gettysburg. The third day of the battle of Gettysburg has been frequently described as the greatest cavalry engagement of the Civil War. Its participants included General George Armstrong Custer the Commander of the Michigan Brigade, and the vaunted Commander of the South's Cavalry, General JEB Stuart. This battle and it's significant impact on the outcome of Gettysburg will be the focus of Mr. Smith presentation. Many historian's contend that had it not been for the action of General Custer and his Michigan Cavalry Brigade on that day, there would have been an entirely different result at Gettysburg. 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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9. Michigan's Fourth Annual Civil War Sesquicentennial Reenactors Conference (Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan). 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. As with the previous annual conferences, the purpose of the reenactor 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, and/or commemorations are encouraged to bring their fliers and other promotional items about their 2014 event to the conference. In addition to being an official partner in the state’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration and being able to use two Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial logos in your event’s advertisements, the conference results in your event’s publication in an established state-wide distributed web-based calendar of events and on Facebook. In 2011, 169, in 2012, 180 and, to date, in 2013, 170 Civil War Sesquicentennial events have been promoted. The conference and subsequent state-wide calendar have proven to be effective tools in helping to avoid event date conflicts and in bringing in additional notice, participants, and public to your events. Finally, all events published on this calendar will become a permanent record in the Library of Congress documenting what Michigan did for the Civil War Sesquicentennial. 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, 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.com or John Gibney at johngibney55@gmail.com.

9. 7th Annual Detroit Veterans' Day Parade (Detroit Michigan). Staging 8:00 AM, Parade 10:00 AM. Contact Rick Danes at mimessrd@aol.com.

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

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 atpcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394.

11. Jackson Veterans Day Ceremony (Defense of the Flag Monument -located between Michigan Ave and Wildwood at First Street, Jackson, Michigan). 11:00 AM. SUVCW Members of Austin Blair Camp #7 gather at monument at 10:30 AM. Program starts at 11:00 AM. Contact: Robert Greggs at misuvcw7@gmail.com.

12. Presentation: Michigan Soldiers’ Aid Society (George W. Lee Civil War Roundtable, Community Room, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, 620 Byron Road, Howell, Michigan). 7:00 PM. Jody Egen, Director of Museum and Cultural Affairs in Wyandotte, Michigan will be the guest speaker. Jody will discuss the Michigan Soldiers’ Aid Society that provided food, money, supplies, and comfort to the soldiers on the front lines. Ms. Egen is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University . The public is invited. Contact: 517-552-8733

16 (Tentative Date). Special Historic Program: Rededication and Grand Opening of the Detroit GAR Building [THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE SPRING OF 2014. DATE TO BE DETERMINED] (1942 Grand River Avenue (Cass Avenue and Grand River Avenue). 1:00 PM. The program will include Civil War reenactors, living historians, fraternal orders, guest speakers, song, and a military firing salute. Tour the newly renovated GAR Hall. Contact: Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

20. Presentation: Confederate Finances (Lily Theater, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana). 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Presenter is Harvey Warner. Website: http://civilwar.connerprairie.org/share/calendar. Contact Paul Watson at pwatson001@indy.rr.com.

23. Sesquicentennial Observance: Remembrance Day Commemoration and Parade (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). 8:00 AM Placing of US and Michigan flags at each of the Michigan soldiers buried in the Michigan section of the Gettysburg cemetery. 11:00 AM Program, 1:00 PM Parade. Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) and the SUVCW Sons of Veterans Reserve. Two thousand plus participant parade. Contact Keith Harrison at(pcinc@prodigy.net or by Telephone at 517-694-9394).

23. Special State of Michigan Sesquicentennial Commemoration: Michigan at Gettysburg (National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). 4:00 PM rededication of Michigan Civil War Graves. Michigan at Gettysburg will commemorate the role Michigan soldiers played in the Gettysburg battle in July 1863, leading to the Gettysburg address by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863. The Michigan graves at the National Gettysburg Cemetery will be marked with an American and Michigan flag and rededicated. Soil from Michigan will be sprinkled on each of the Michigan graves. Sponsored by the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners, Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, Michigan Commandery - Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Michigan Department - Woman's Relief Corps, Michigan Department - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Friends of Michigan History, Inc., Michigan Historical Center, Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, and History Remembered, Inc. Members of the Sons of Union Veterans, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and Michigan reenactor organizations who wish to participate in the ceremony on Saturday, November 16th, should contact Bruce Butgereit at civil-war@comcast.net.

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7. A Civil War Christmas at the Fort (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 2013 version of A Civil War Christmas. 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.

7. Homecoming 1863 – A Civil War Christmas (Lowell Area Historical Museum, 325 West Main St., Lowell, Michigan). 2:00 – 5:00 PM. The event commemorates an almost unbelievable event that took place in the winter of 1863 when the Third Michigan Infantry returned home to West Michigan on a 30-day veteran furlough. Meet interpreters portraying the men and women of the area and learn more about this remarkable event. Taste holiday treats from the 1860s and play with toys and games of the period. The museum will be decorated for the holidays and youngsters will have an opportunity to create a Victorian Christmas card for a resident of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Admission is free. The museum will have a float decorated with a Civil War theme and living historians in the parade that starts at 6 PM in downtown Lowell. Website: http://www.lowellmuseum.org/. Contact: Bruce B. Butgereit civil-war@comcast.net or by Telephone at 616-827-3369.

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