New Book “Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day” Honors Michigan’s Role in Historic Battle
Author proceeds go toward first-ever monument at Antietam National Battlefield Park in Sharpsburg, Maryland dedicated to Michigan soldiers
Ann Arbor, Mich. (September 17, 2015) – Discover Michigan’s role in the single bloodiest day in United States history inside Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day, a new book co-authored by Jack Dempsey and Brian James Egen with a forward by Dave Finney. Now available through major booksellers, all author proceeds from the book go toward the first-ever monument built and dedicated to Michigan’s gallant soldiers who fought that day at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Michigan at Antietam reveals the Wolverine state’s connections and involvement one of the Civil War’s greatest mysteries – the famous “Lee’s Lost Order”, never-told stories about the combat role of staff orderly George A. Custer, and one regiment that lost nearly half of their unit in less than an hour. Readers will learn more about Michigan soldiers’ monument-worthy contributions, the heroism of the 17th Michigan “Stonewall Regiment” at the Battle of South Mountain and the bloody sacrifice of the 7th Michigan Infantry at the epicenter of the battleground. At the centerpiece of the book is the tale of the state’s vital role in making possible the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
As Michigan Historical Commissioners, Dempsey and Egen provide research and analysis that shed new insights on the role of Michigan soldiers and civilians during the epic struggle. Michigan’s sacrifice during the Civil War was indeed great and the Battle of Antietam is no exception. Currently Michigan does not have a monument on the Antietam Battlefield. To honor and remember Michigan’s sacrifice during the single bloodiest day in American history, the authors will dedicate all proceeds for the creation and installation of a new monument to the Wolverine State.
Early review of the book by author and columnist Rick Liblong states, “You are there with the Michigan units at the Battle of Antietam in this book. Battles are hard to describe because of the action and confusion happening all at once. Jack and Brian have done a superb job in guiding the reader through the bloodiest day in American history. There has never been a book written about Michigan in this pivotal battle. There won’t have to be another one. It’s all here.”
Copies of “Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day” can be obtained through the Michigan Civil War Association for $30 (includes shipping). Donations beyond $30 to this 501c3 entity will be considered a donation toward the Michigan Monument at Antietam project. Autographed copies of the book can be requested. Please make checks 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.
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About the Authors
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/
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. 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]