Today in Michigan History

August 10, 1865

Detroit prepared to greet General U.S. Grant.

A gala reception was planned when General Grant, whose victory in Virginia over Confederate forces led by General Robert E. Lee had taken place earlier that year, arrived in Detroit on August 12. Ten thousand people cheered the general and packed the city—”the excitement on the streets approached closely to wildness,” the Detroit Free Press reported.

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