Michigan Civil War Association

Michigan Civil War Association The Michigan Civil War Association commemorates and perpetuates the memory of Michigander's participation and sacrifice during the American Civil War.
The Michigan Civil War Association was founded in September 2013 by Jack Dempsey, David D. Finney and Brian James Egen to commemorate and preserve Michigan's Civil War history. Its inaugural effort is to erect a monument at Antietam Battlefield commemorating Michigan's sacrifice during the Maryland Campaign of September 1862.

Michigan Civil War Association’s “Michigan Monument at Antietam Project” The State of Michigan has no monument on the Antietam National Battlefield recognizing and commemorating the sacrifice and participation of over 2,000 of her brave citizen soldiers who fought there on September 17, 1862. As Americas’ single bloodiest day with over 22,000 casualties, the Battle of Antietam was a crucial and pivotal turning point in the American Civil War. Union victory at Antietam checked Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia from advancing into the north, dissuaded European intervention of behalf of the Confederacy and enabled President Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation just five days later. The Wolverine State’s contributions to secure a “more perfect Union” and enable the Emancipation Proclamation are vast and worthy of honor. The Michigan Civil War Association, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) public charity, was formed in September of 2013 by historians Jack Dempsey, Brian James Egen and David D. Finney to create and erect a monument on the Antietam Battlefield. In May of 2014, the MCWA secured a 400 square foot easement of private property located in the epicenter of the battle. In 2015 the Civil War Trust acquired the private land from which this easement was obtained with the eventual purpose to be deeded to the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield. This will be the only and last opportunity for Michigan to erect a monument “on” the Antietam Battlefield. The Michigan Civil War Association is currently seeking to raise $200,000 for the purpose of conceptualization, fabrication, installation, and dedication of this monument as well as a legacy fund for its future maintenance. It is our intention that the monument be in the scale and scope of traditional regimental monuments on Civil War battlefields. We are seeking proposals for a style that will include a stone base surmounted by a “life-size” bronze figure representing Michigan’s citizen soldiers. The Michigan monument will be erected on the location where the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry passed during their early morning assault as part of Dana’s Brigade, Sedgwick’s Division, Sumner’s Corps, of the Army of the Potomac (US). Although located where the 7th Michigan Infantry fought, the monument will pay homage to all Michigan regiments that participated in the battle. To initiate the fund-raising efforts, Jack Dempsey and Brian James Egen co-authored Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day. This new book, published in August of 2015, chronicles Michigan’s role during the Maryland Campaign that culminated in the Battle of Antietam. With a foreword by Dave Finney, all author proceeds are devoted to the Michigan Monument at Antietam project. Copies of the book can be obtained through the Michigan Civil War Association for $30 (includes shipping). Donations beyond $30 are welcome - checks may be made payable to the “Michigan Civil War Association.” The book is also available through major booksellers, Amazon.com and the book’s publisher The History Press. Please enlist in this worthy cause. For more information, donations and book purchases, please contact: Michigan Civil War Association c/o John M. Dempsey Dickinson Wright PLLC 350 S. Main Street STE 300 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-8814 [email protected]

Hear our own President, Brian, give a presentation on Michigan at Antietam!
06/01/2019

Hear our own President, Brian, give a presentation on Michigan at Antietam!

Today, let's go back outside the walls of the actual Fort to see more events that will happen during Civil War Days. Today, let's introduce our speakers!

Saturday at 11am Brian James Egen will present a talk on "Michigan at Antietam" and talk about the fundraising going on to place the first and only Michigan monument on the Antietam battlefield. This works with our 2nd Michigan garrison as Israel Richardson was a mortally wounded leading men in the middle of the fight. Brian will have copies of the book he co-authored with Jack Dempsey for sale. Proceeds will help fundraise for the monument.

Sunday at 11am John Weaver will present the talk "Defending the Detroit River: Detroit's Fort Wayne." John is an expert of forts of the era and in this talk he will speak specifically to the features of Fort Wayne. He will have copies of the 2nd edition of his book "Legacy in Brick and Stone" with him for sale.

Both presentations are free, as is admission!

At 1pm on Sunday , John will lead a guided tour of the site and take a closer look at the various features. This tour will be limited to about 20 people and will cost $5.00/person

More good opportunities to connect with Michigan history await at Historic Fort Wayne June 8 and 9!

From the MCWA Board:We wanted to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support of the Michigan Monument...
12/24/2018

From the MCWA Board:

We wanted to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support of the Michigan Monument at Antietam project as well as to provide an update. As we have communicated to stake holders and donors, this project and process will be a long campaign. With volunteers, nearly all of who have very busy careers and obligations, at the core of this project and substantial fund raising necessary, slow and steady will be the standard. Although the process may take time, we are hoping to achieve milestones that increase the momentum.

To date we have $24,700 toward our initial goal of $200k. We have yet to determine actual costs from sculptors and monument (stone) companies but hope to do that in the very near future. Out initial thought was to create a legacy fund to help care for and maintain the monument after installation. Jack and Brian continue to do presentations and sell copies of the their Antietam book for the project. Jack continues to sell his other CW works, including a soon to be released biography on Alpheus S. Williams. Again, all proceeds from those book sales will be toward the monument project.

Once we have firm cost estimates from sculptures, etc. we intend to solicit other donors and corporations to achieve our goal. This, along with the grass-roots efforts that have been on-going through donations and book sales, we will have monument at Antietam to venerate the sacrifice of Michiganders during Antietam Campaign of 1862.

Among many of our goals for the first quarter of 2019 is to issue a nation-wide request for proposals regarding the design and fabrication of the monument. We also would like to create a website where more information and progress reports can be made.

On behalf the Michigan Civil War Association, we want to wish you the best holiday season and prosperous New Year. Thank you for your support and we look forward to providing positive news about the progress of the Michigan Monument at Antietam in 2019.

Michigan's own O. B. Willcox in 1864. Colorization performed by L. Young Colorization.
01/11/2018

Michigan's own O. B. Willcox in 1864. Colorization performed by L. Young Colorization.

General Orlando B. Willcox and Staff, 3rd Division, 9th Corps - Petersburg, VA, 1864

Today's member of the "Boys of '61" we remember is the highest ranking Michigan man to be mortally wounded at Antietam. ...
01/05/2018

Today's member of the "Boys of '61" we remember is the highest ranking Michigan man to be mortally wounded at Antietam. Israel Richardson entered Civil War service already a West Point graduate and noted combat leader from the Mexican War when we accepted command of the 2nd Michigan Infantry. Moving across Detroit from Cantonment Blair to Fort Wayne, Detroit, they trained in state before leaving to fight in Bull Run.

By Antietam, Richardson is in command of a division and is known in the Army of the Potomac for his aggressive fighting and care for his men. He is in mortally wounded in the struggle to break the Confederate center at the Sunken Road and will die a few weeks later at the Pry House. He is buried in Pontiac.

12/23/2017

Greetings! As the current focus of our non-profit is to raise funds and construct a monument to Michigan men at Antietam, we will begin to highlight some of the men who served there. Sometimes it will be historically notable figures. Other times we will feature the "Boys of 61" who went and served - and often made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Today we will start with one of the "Boys of 61."

Oscar E. Miller lived in Mason, Michigan and was 22 when he enlisted as a sergeant in the 7th Michigan Infantry, Company B at Fort Wayne, Detroit. He was mustered into service on Aug. 22, 1861. Sergeant Miller was killed in action with the 7th Michigan at Antietam on September 17, 1862.

11/16/2017
Allmichigancivilwar.com

Want to meet the authors and hear about Michigan's Role at Antietam? Jack Dempsey and Brian James Egen will present at Michigan's GAR Memorial Hall and Museum next week in Eaton Rapids. Follow the link below for details.

"Michigan at Antietam" authors Brian James Egen and Jack Dempsey will speak at Michigan's GAR Museum on Tuesday, November 21st. Find out more on the front page of our website!

http://allmichigancivilwar.com/

We are so excited to share this recent donation!  Jan Peacock recently presented a check for $2000 from the sale of the ...
07/05/2017

We are so excited to share this recent donation! Jan Peacock recently presented a check for $2000 from the sale of the Civil War library of Randall Peacock to Jack Dempsey, secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Civil War Association. The funds will go toward the effort to erect a Michigan Monument at Antietam. 🇺🇸️

05/29/2017

The wife of a dearly departed husband who passed away several months ago is selling his Civil War library to members of his round table and to others interested in the Civil War. There are roughly 800 books on the War and another 100 on Lincoln alone. The sale will be on Saturday, June 10 from 9-12 at 805 Ivydale, Ann Arbor, Mi, 48103. She plans to donate proceeds from the sale to the Michigan monument at Antietam. Please support this kind effort.

Brian Egen will be presenting 'Michigan at Antietam' at the Ellis Library tomorrow evening at 7PM in Monroe for the Monr...
11/09/2016
Civil War Roundtable | Monroe County Library System

Brian Egen will be presenting 'Michigan at Antietam' at the Ellis Library tomorrow evening at 7PM in Monroe for the Monroe County Civil War Round Table. Stop by and say hello!

The Monroe County Civil War Round Table is a group of Civil War enthusiasts who meet to discuss all aspects of the United States Civil War. Each month a different expert is invited to make a presentation with a group discussion to follow. The Round Table is sponsored by the Ellis Friends of the Mo...

10/03/2016

CWPT is busy releasing a new series of videos on their YouTube Channel titled "Your State in the Civil War." They are each very short capsule overviews. Here is the one they made for Michigan.

https://youtu.be/lkJXGHsFoQ0

Save the Flag ceremony at the Capitol building in Lansing earlier today; honoring the service and sacrifice of Michigan ...
07/09/2016

Save the Flag ceremony at the Capitol building in Lansing earlier today; honoring the service and sacrifice of Michigan soldiers. With Jack Dempsey for Plymouth Township Trustee

07/09/2016

Brian and Jack will be in Lansing today at the 'Save the Flag' presentation happening at the Capitol building! Presentation begins at 1:00 PM, but they will be set up with books beginning at 10:00 AM. If you are in attendance, make sure to stop by and say hello!

Should this become a part of the future Michigan monument at Antietam? Comment "yea" or "nay", if interested.
07/04/2016

Should this become a part of the future Michigan monument at Antietam? Comment "yea" or "nay", if interested.

01/20/2016

Brian and Jack are set for a signing at Nicola's Books on Sunday, Jan. 24, @ 3:00 p.m., 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor -- in the Westgate Shopping Center on the west side, near where I-94, Jackson, and Maple come together.

12/10/2015

Brian and Jack will appear Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Kazoo Books Author Hop event from noon - 1:30 p.m. to sign copies of "Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State's Sacrifice on America's Bloodiest Day."

Author Hop is an day long, multi-genre open house author event held annually at Kazoo Books’ Parkview location. Complementary groups of regional authors take to the floor in shifts, mingling and participating in casual Q&A. Readers get the opportunity to chat with their favorite authors as well as exposure to new work relevant to their interests. Over the years, Author Hop has been enormously successful, bringing in visitors from all over country.

The address is 2413 Parkview Ave. in Kalamazoo, phone (269) 553-6506. See you there!

12/01/2015

Jack will appear to sign copies of "Michigan at Antietam" at the Author/Illustrator Fair at the Orion Township Public Library in Lake Orion on Saturday, December 5, from 1-4 p.m. The Library is located at 825 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48362, (248) 693-3000.

11/18/2015

Brian and Jack to appear at the Abraham Lincoln Civil War Round Table at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, Plymouth Township Hall, 9955 N. Haggerty Road (north of Ann Arbor Rd., west of I-275).

We have created a logo for the project.
11/06/2015

We have created a logo for the project.

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11/06/2015
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Michigan Civil War Association Honors State’s Sacrifice With Michigan Monument at Antietam Project Association is seeking to fundraise $200,000 to construct monument at Antietam National Battlefield The Michigan Civil War Association (MCWA) is seeking to raise $200,000 for the purpose of const...

Michigan Civil War Association’s “Michigan Monument at Antietam Project”The State of Michigan has no monument on t...
10/16/2015

Michigan Civil War Association’s
“Michigan Monument at Antietam Project”

The State of Michigan has no monument on the Antietam National Battlefield recognizing and commemorating the sacrifice and participation of over 2,000 of her brave citizen soldiers who fought there on September 17, 1862. As Americas’ single bloodiest day with over 22,000 casualties, the Battle of Antietam was a crucial and pivotal turning point in the American Civil War. Union victory at Antietam checked Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia from advancing into the north, dissuaded European intervention of behalf of the Confederacy and enabled President Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation just five days later. The Wolverine State’s contributions to secure a “more perfect Union” and enable the Emancipation Proclamation are vast and worthy of honor.

The Michigan Civil War Association, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) public charity, was formed in September of 2013 by historians Jack Dempsey, Brian James Egen and David D. Finney to create and erect a monument on the Antietam Battlefield. In May of 2014, the MCWA secured a 400 square foot easement of private property located in the epicenter of the battle. In 2015 the Civil War Trust acquired the private land from which this easement was obtained with the eventual purpose to be deeded to the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield. This will be the only and last opportunity for Michigan to erect a monument “on” the Antietam Battlefield.

The Michigan Civil War Association is currently seeking to raise $200,000 for the purpose of conceptualization, fabrication, installation, and dedication of this monument as well as a legacy fund for its future maintenance. It is our intention that the monument be in the scale and scope of traditional regimental monuments on Civil War battlefields. We are seeking proposals for a style that will include a stone base surmounted by a “life-size” bronze figure representing Michigan’s citizen soldiers.

The Michigan monument will be erected on the location where the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry passed during their early morning assault as part of Dana’s Brigade, Sedgwick’s Division, Sumner’s Corps, of the Army of the Potomac (US). Although located where the 7th Michigan Infantry fought, the monument will pay homage to all Michigan regiments that participated in the battle.

To initiate the fund-raising efforts, Jack Dempsey and Brian James Egen co-authored Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day. This new book, published in August of 2015, chronicles Michigan’s role during the Maryland Campaign that culminated in the Battle of Antietam. With a foreword by Dave Finney, all author proceeds are devoted to the Michigan Monument at Antietam project. Copies of the book can be obtained through the Michigan Civil War Association for $30 (includes shipping). Donations beyond $30 are welcome - checks may be made payable to the “Michigan Civil War Association.” The book is also available through major booksellers, Amazon.com and the book’s publisher The History Press.

Please enlist in this worthy cause.

For more information, donations and book purchases, please contact:

Michigan Civil War Association
c/o John M. Dempsey
Dickinson Wright PLLC
350 S. Main Street STE 300
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-8814
[email protected]

The cover of "Michigan at Antietam" features portrait images of (left to right) John Clark Anderson and George W. LaPoin...
10/16/2015

The cover of "Michigan at Antietam" features portrait images of (left to right) John Clark Anderson and George W. LaPointe from the 7th Michigan Infantry and General Alpheus Starkey Williams. The landscape image is of the battlefield grave of Lieutenant John A. Clark of the 7th Michigan Infantry taken shortly after the battle by Alexander Gardner.

Michigan Civil War Association
10/15/2015

Michigan Civil War Association

Michigan Civil War Association's cover photo
09/19/2015

Michigan Civil War Association's cover photo

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General information

Michigan Civil War Association Founding Members JACK DEMPSEY is author of the award-winning Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice and articles on Michigan involvement in the Civil War. His fascination with the Civil War dates to the third grade; his first visit to Antietam came in 1973. He co-authored (with Dave Dempsey) the Michigan Notable Book Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors and a forthcoming sequel, and he is author of Capitol Park: Historic Heart of Detroit. A Super Lawyer® in the Ann Arbor office of Dickinson Wright PLLC, he has served on the Michigan Historical Commission since 2007; he was elected its president in 2012. Born in Detroit, he lives in Plymouth, Michigan, with his wife of forty-one years, Suzzanne. Jack can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or through his blog http://micwc.typepad.com/ or website http://jackdempseybooks.com/ David Dorsey Finney, Jr. is a veteran of the U.S. Army, David Finney is an award-winning educator and esteemed Civil War historian and lecturer. He has served as an historical commentator for several documentaries and appeared on cable television's History Channel. For five summers Finney worked as a seasonal interpreter for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania Military Battlefield and Petersburg Military Park. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Detroit/Mercy and Oakland Community College. David taught and chaired the History and Social Studies Department at North Farmington High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan. He received numerous awards including History Teacher of the Year from the Michigan Education Association, American History Teacher of the Year from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal and Michigan's Legion of Merit. Upon his retirement in 2006 Finney was honored with the status of American History Teacher Emeritus. Dave is author of many articles and recently co-authored Remembering Michigan’s Civil War Soldiers published by Arcadia Publishing. BRIAN JAMES EGEN is an award-winning film director and producer, Civil War material culture historian and lifelong student of the Civil War. He is executive producer at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan where for many years he was responsible for the implementation of the “Civil War Remembrance” program on Memorial Day weekend devoted to study and commemoration of the Civil War. In his current role, Brian oversees many of the videos produced and is a coordinator for the CBS television’s The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. He has served on the Michigan Historical Commission since 2011 and is chairman of its Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He served as assistant director and historical consultant for Antietam: A Documentary Film for the U.S. Department of the Interior on the Battle of Antietam, and his fascination with the Antietam story dates to the early 1980s. Born in Monroe, Michigan, he lives there in a historic home with his wife, Jody, and daughter, Scarlett. Brian can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

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