Today in Michigan History

September 17, 1862

Michiganders fought at Antietam.

Hundreds of Michigan troops fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in what became the bloodiest day in American history. More than 350 Michiganders were left killed or wounded at the Battle of Antietam. This number includes Major General Israel Richardson of Pontiac who was mortally wounded leading his division in severe fighting near a sunken road, later called Bloody Lane.

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September 4, 1862

The 21st Michigan went to war.

The 21st Michigan Infantry, recruited in western and northern Michigan, was mustered into federal service at Ionia. It left for Cincinnati on September 12 with an enrollment of 1,008 officers and enlisted men. The regiment saw heavy action at the Battle of Chickamauga and participated in William T. Sherman’s famed March to the Sea.

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August 12, 1863

The First Michigan Colored Infantry was authorized.

Henry Barnes, editor of the Detroit Advertiser and Tribune, received permission from Michigan adjutant general Jonathan Robertson to raise and organize a regiment of African Americans from the state of Michigan. The First Michigan Colored Infantry would go off to war in early 1864.

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July 27, 1864

The siege of Atlanta began.

General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union army prepared to lay siege to the Confederate stronghold of Atlanta, Georgia. Battery F, First Michigan Artillery, is credited with firing the first shells into the important rebel city.

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July 21, 1861

The First Michigan Infantry Regiment “sees the elephant” at First Bull Run.

In the first major battle of the Civil War, the First Michigan Infantry saw action at Bull Run, south of Washington, DC. In a hard afternoon of fighting, the First performed well for inexperienced soldiers. At the end of the battle, the First’s commander, Colonel Orlando Willcox, was taken prisoner. Years after the war, Willcox was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism at Bull Run.

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July 1, 1863

Michigan infantry suffered the greatest loss of any northern regiment in Civil War fighting.

The Twenty-Fourth Michigan Infantry regiment of the Iron Brigade engaged advancing Confederate forces at Gettysburg, PA, during the Civil War. The Twenty-Fourth Infantry suffered 80% casualties (400 of 500 men) on the first day of the three-day Battle of Gettysburg.

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