Category Archives: Michigan

November 3, 1863: 14th Michigan in a skirmish at Lawrenceburg.

Major Thomas C. FitzGibbon reports on a skirmish at Lawrenceburg, TN. Apparently the major was a frustrated novelist or poet, as his report displays some of the purplest prose I’ve ever seen in the Official Record. Unfortunately, he died in … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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February 20, 1861: Virginia warns Michigan

Governor John Letcher of Virginia From the journals of the Virginia general assembly, February 20, 1861: Resolutions from Michigan.–A communication was received from the Executive, transmitting a copy of joint resolutions from the State of Michigan in favor of coercion, … Continue reading

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Seward at Lansing, MI

William H. Seward The New York Times of September 15, 1860 published a speech given by William Seward at Lansing, Michigan. Seward, as always, was not pulling any punches. Is there a man in the State of Michigan who would … Continue reading

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