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Michigan answered President Lincoln’s call for volunteers during the American Civil War with 90,747 men. Michigan went well beyond the call of duty and supplied more than 30 regiments during the war. Michiganders fought on the ground as infantry and on horseback as cavalry. Michiganders fought as teams to work both light and medium artillery. Michiganders fought from afar as precise sharpshooters. Michiganders served as engineers and mechanics building railroads, bridges, and blockhouses. African-American men fighting for the equality fought in the First Colored 102nd United States) Infantry. Indigenous men fighting for to be full citizens fought in Company K of the First Michigan Sharpshooters.

Dig into the collections below to discover diaries written from the field about the tedium of soldiers, letters from the home front about how the farm is managing, images of individual and regiments, how men mustered in and out of regiments in the service records, and so much more.

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Over There: A Family History Mystery Solution?

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African American Troops at Camp Custer, Michigan, Circa 1917-1918
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at the Archives of Michigan

In addition to content on Michiganology, you can find more original records and published resources on the civil war at the Archives of Michigan.