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Travel back in time to the 1860s and enter the world of a Civil War soldier from Monroe. This will be a hands-on experience for students who have completed the 4th to 6th grade. Camp activities will include marching, setting up camp and the taste of hardtack.
As the Civil War ended, the men who fought and lived together for the length of the war continued to come together for fellowship and support. Several organizations were created to continue these bonds formed by the Civil War. These organizations included the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the United Confederate Veterans (UCV), the Union Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), and the Union Veteran’s Union. Women also formed sororal organizations like the Dames of the Loyal Legion, the Women’s Relief Corp and the Veteran’s Nu
Even though her husband, General George A. Custer, is known as the most photographed general of the Civil War, many images still exist of Elizabeth Bacon Custer. The Lawrence A. Frost Collection houses a small collection of images of the Custer family. Part of this collection has been digitized and can be viewed from our Images of the George A. Custer Collection page.
At the onset of the Civil War, neither the Union nor the Confederate Governments made provisions for the spiritual needs of their military men. As the armies grew, and the Civil War dragged on, policy was formed, creating a designation for chaplains in both armies. According to Terry Jones’ reference, The A to Z of the Civil War, Union chaplains were appointed by the Regimental commander and were paid $100 a month. Their duties included church services, helping with the sick and injured, writing letters home and keeping reports of the spiritual health
Little is known about the early life of Custer’s interpreter Isaiah Dorman. Sources conflict on his birth year and place. It has been written that he was born a free man in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while other sources state that he was born a slave on the D’Orman plantation in Louisiana or Alabama. Facts prior to 1865 have been murky. It was historian Robert Ege, in his 1966 article, Braves of all Colors, who made the suggestion that Dorman was an escaped slave from an escaped slave wanted poster.
In April of 1861, Michigan answered President Lincoln’s call for troops and through the course of the Civil War filled over thirty infantry units with Michigan men. There was a segment of the population, although willing to fight, not allowed to enlist at the initial call for men. African-Americans from Michigan and from around the country were prevented from joining the ranks of the citizen soldier until the war seemed to drag into a long and desperate fight. It has been recorded, that these Michigan men were very willing to tak
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The Lawrence A. Frost Collection of Custeriana is a multimedia collection that includes over 5000 books, videos, numerous images, journals, newspaper articles, sound recordings and art work. It focuses on the life of General George A. Custer which includes his academic work at West Point, his heroic participation in the Civil War and his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Which Custer brother?
Civil War soldier William Kimball, a member of the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics, relates an incident involving a derailed train attacked by rebels on May 18, 1864, near Huntsville, Alabama. Kimball states, “The engineer was a brother of General Custer and was wounded in the hand,” but never names a brother.
The Civil War and the Custer Family
War prisoners to be quartered on an island in Lake Erie – Secretary Cameron has authorized the establishment of a depot for prisoners of war at Johnson’s Island, in Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie. An experienced builder in Sandusky has contracted to erect seventeen buildings capable of accommodating 100 prisoners. They are to be finished by December 10th, at a cost not to exceed $25,000. (Published in the Monroe Commercial on October 31, 1861)