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.
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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.

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.

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On June 22, the Michigan Civil War Association and artist/sculptor Michael Kraus signed a Phase 1 agreement to produce a...
07/02/2020

On June 22, the Michigan Civil War Association and artist/sculptor Michael Kraus signed a Phase 1 agreement to produce a 15-inch maquette (model sculpture) of the proposed bronze portion of the Michigan Monument at Antietam. The intended use of the maquette is two-fold. First, it will provide a 3D view of the sculpture for review of the Antietam National Battlefield and regional offices. From the beginning, we want to be proceeding in concert with the many stakeholders, primarily the ANB. The second reason for a maquette, is to provide a visual tool reference for fundraising efforts as well as generating excitement and enthusiasm.

MCWA Secretary, Will Eichler, and I will be working with Mr. Kraus regarding the material culture aspects of what Colonel Normal Hall, the intended subject of the monument’s bronze statue, should appear. As a curator and historian, as well as being well versed in material culture himself, Mr. Kraus will create a highly accurate piece of art.

To date, the MCWA has received various donations from individuals, organizations and from the proceeds of several books written by Jack Dempsey and one that I had the honor to co-author. With the COVID-19 restrictions, we have not been able to conduct live presentations and book selling but we hope in the near future to get back on the “campaign trail” with fundraising efforts.

Please note: The images you see here are from an early clay model in progress and not the finished design of the maquette! Stay tuned!!!

Thank you for your support and interest in this project.
Brian James Egen,
President, MCWA

05/22/2020
Civil War Digital Digest

As we think of those who gave their lives for our country this very different Memorial Day weekend - join our Vice President Matt Van Acker as he tells us the story of one who did that. Meet Charles T. Foster of the 3rd Michigan Infantry. Hear his story told in front of the flag he died carrying.

This week, we use this Memorial Day weekend #fieldcraftfriday to recognize the sacrifices of so many in the American Civil War. The episode we share is the Charles T. Foster story. Foster was a member of the 3rd Michigan Infantry and was mortally wounded carrying the regimental color as the battle of Fair Oaks in 1862.

As you commemorate this weekend, take 8 minutes and join us as we listen to Matt Van Acker, Co-chair of Michigan's Save the Flags project and Vice-President of the Michigan Civil War Association, tell Charles' story - and do it standing behind the actual flag that Charles died to project.

Our country comes with a price. Thanks to Sergeant Charles T. Foster and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice of us!

https://youtu.be/GuMq3WPR_44

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT:Greetings,We wanted to provide a quick update on the progress toward the Michigan Monument at ...
02/25/2020

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

Greetings,
We wanted to provide a quick update on the progress toward the Michigan Monument at Antietam project. Last week was a wonderful mixture of great conversations and donations.

On Tuesday the 18th, we received notice from Secretary Charlotte Bauer of the Multi-Lakes Association for Civil War Studies stating that they will be making a 2nd donation of $500 dollars toward the Michigan Monument at Antietam Project!

Thursday morning, I had a phone meeting with Superintendent Susan Trail and Jane Custer, Chief of Resources Management Division, Antietam National Battlefield, regarding the monument project. The purpose of the conversation was to provide and update on the progress and to discuss the process moving forward. The MCWA is strongly committed to working with Antietam National Battlefield throughout this project – we deem it as a necessary component moving forward. We want to be in lockstep to ensure the greatest possible win – win situation. The conversation was fruitful and provided a next step component.

Later that same day, I attended a meeting in Dearborn with the Daughters of the Union, Hannibal Farrell Chapter, who presented the MCWA with a $1,000 donation. I provided a brief backstory of the project and where we are in the process. The members were overwhelmingly excited and enthusiastic. I closed my conversation with them on how much we appreciate the grass-roots support from Michiganders across the state. It reminds me of the Soldiers Aid Society and other organizations in Michigan during the Civil War that raised money and resources toward the war effort. See photo.

On Saturday, Matt VanAcker, vice-president of the MCWA and I met with sculptor Michael Kraus at his studio outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In his day job, Matt is the Director of Tour and Information Service as the State Capitol and Chair of the Save The Flags project. Michael was instrumental in Pennsylvania’s similar flag program so there was a great deal of Civil War history synergy (to use a buzzword).

Our meeting with Michael was incredible and we honed down some final design thoughts, next steps and thinking ahead on the overall process. One of our key next steps is to present our final design thoughts to Superintendent Trail for the NPS review. Upon agreement of the design, we are looking to create an approximately 15” maquette of what the bronze sculpture would be. This would be used in fundraising efforts. There was also thought that a limited number of resin maquette could be produced from the mold to help raise funds. Michael’s passion for history, art and details as well as his collegial flexibility and openness in working together affirms that he is the right person for this project.

Thank you for your support and continued interest in the Michigan Monument at Antietam Project. Stay tuned for future updates.

Tuebor,
Brian James Egen,
President, MCWA

01/14/2020

Good afternoon! Things are kicking into a higher gear now that we have a artist selected for the Michigan Monument at Antietam.

First off is communication. Look for more updates. Look for more information. For now - here's a new email to contact us:

MichCWAssn (at) gmail (dot) com

Emails there are currently fielded by Will Eichler, Secretary of the board.

MAJOR STEP FORWARD!The board of the Michigan Civil War Association is pleased announce that Michael Kraus’ proposal was ...
01/01/2020

MAJOR STEP FORWARD!

The board of the Michigan Civil War Association is pleased announce that Michael Kraus’ proposal was chosen to design, sculpt and oversee the Michigan Monument at Antietam – a monument creation dedicated to all Michigan men who served and sacrificed at the Battle of Antietam.

Kraus is an artist, material culture expert and historian from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 1993, he has created over 20 major works of sculpture, including many featuring the Civil War era. In the mean time, he has also served as a curator, author, and historian.

Additionally, Mr. Kraus already has a relationship with the Antietam National Battlefield. He has previously been commissioned by them to repair several monuments on site that had been damaged.

The board feels Mr. Kraus brings a wide range of expertise, from the artistic and technical of sculpting to the artistry of detail, to the passion for an history which make him our choice to partner with through the monument creation process.

The MCWA board will be working with Mr. Kraus over the next several months in launching the first phase of the project in the creation of a maquette (a specific type of model used in the sculpting process) for use in fundraising and awareness. We are excited to introduce Michael Kraus to you today and look forward to moving forward to the next steps in fundraising for the Michigan Monument at Antietam!

Note – The image attached is of Michael Kraus doing repair work of the Colonel Benjamin Christ monument on the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.

From the MCWA secretary:I’m proud to report a lot has been going on behind the scenes this year!  We are on the brink of...
12/19/2019

From the MCWA secretary:

I’m proud to report a lot has been going on behind the scenes this year! We are on the brink of a lot of huge news to announce. So far, since our annual meeting last December, we have adopted a new logo. I’ve shared it here on Facebook. That’s the small step.

The large step taken by the board is that our RFP seeking artists to create the Michigan monument at Antietam was released earlier this year. To honor the sacrifice and struggle Michigan’s men made there, we set the proposal deadline as September 17th. Three artists returned full proposals.

The board has been very busy since then reviewing these proposals, weighing them, and in a few cases seeking further information from the artists. In all three cases, these teams won’t only do the artwork. Each proposal provides us a team to do the entire creation and installation of the monument. There is a lot to consider!

The board had its annual meeting this past Saturday. The main agenda item was further consideration of these proposals. I’m thrilled to report that we are in the final stages. We will meet our announcement deadline.

To honor the great result of the struggle at Antietam, the Emancipation Proclamation, we will announce the selected artist on January 1, 2020. Join us here to learn more about the next steps in the journey to place Michigan’s ONLY monument to its men on the Antietam National Battlefield as we start the new decade!

Michigan Civil War Association
12/19/2019

Michigan Civil War Association

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.

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350 S Main St, Ste 300
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48104-8814

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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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Leonard Cizewski The Michigan Civil War Association is linked in the review:
My Great Great Grandfather, Solomon Peck, was in the 13th Michigan Infantry Co. B. Joined from Sturgis Michigan. I believe they were sworn in in Kalamazoo.
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A "Michigan at Antietam" book table will be set up at the Jackson Civil War Muster! Come see us at the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition tent where I will have copies of Jack and Brian's book for sale! It is the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy for yourself... or maybe a gift for a friend!! Jackson Civil War Muster will be held August 25-26, 2018 at Ella Sharp Park in Jackson. I'll have the book table set up each day! See you there!!
I would like any info on this one gem.
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As I'm cleaning up the roster and posting to www.allmichigancivilwar.com, I'm running across some fun information about the men from the 7th. Here are two for today: There were two men with the name James Jones who served in Company A. They enlisted within a few days of each other in August, 1861. One served to the end of his enlistment in 1864 and was discharged at Petersburg. He is buried in Clio. The other was mustered out with the regiment in 1865. Both of these men were probably at Antietam. While the regiment was mustered a various spots across the state, the band seems to have enlisted and mustered all at Fort Wayne, Detroit.
Michigan Civil War Reenactor's Collection being Auctioned Thurs. Aug. 1st in Livonia at 7 PM, On-line Only! Over 4,000 pictures on auction site, ALL opening bids $2.00. Antique & Vintage Tools, books & Accessories about U.S. History! 48 Star Flag, Vintage MI Cub Scout Flag & Knifes, Leather Belt pouches, Made in Germany Straight Razor, Antique Uniform Buttons, Copper Cups, Leather Belt & Buckle Asst., Patches, Videos, Books and MORE!!!!!
The history library of Randall Peacock will be sold on Saturday, July 15, from 9-3 at 805 Ivydale, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103. Russia, Asia, (esp. China) European and Middle Eastern, and American history. You will find something here. I will have the books through Monday, so if you can't come Saturday, you can call me at 734-660-8411 and we will arrange a time. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Michigan Civil War Association for the building of a Michigan monument at Antietam.
The Civil War library of Randall Peacock will be sold on June 10, from 9-1 at 805 Ivydale, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103. About 800 Civil War books, and about a hundred more on Lincoln. Proceeds will be donated to the effort to erect a Michigan monument at Antietam. Also for sale are postcards relating to the Civil War, magic lantern slides, CDV's and some Civil War art. Any questions, contact Jan at 734-660-8411.