Today in Michigan History

August 25, 1864

Michigan soldiers battled at Reams Station, Virginia.

A week of intense fighting ended outside of Petersburg, Virginia, near a place called Reams Station. Eleven different Michigan units were involved in the fighting that left many casualties, including Major Horatio Belcher of the Eighth Michigan Infantry, who was killed on August 19. The Flint officer had gone off to war three years earlier in August 1861.

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