Michigan Battlefield Monuments
While visiting the Chickamauga battlefield in Georgia a few weeks
ago, I located a few monuments to Michigan troops and took some
quick photographs. I have also photographed almost every Michigan
monument at Gettysburg.
This started the rusty wheels turning and an idea was born. Acting
for the Department, I would like to gather together a photograph
of every Michigan monument on every Civil War battlefield. Once
they are all in, we can publish a book or a CD or a combination
thereof or something to benefit our Department. This will help honor
our veterans from Michigan and also take an informal survey of what
is out there and what condition it is in.
If you visit any one of our civil war battlefields in the next
year or so, please take a minute to locate and then photograph any
monument erected to a Michigan unit or Michigan men. Send me a copy
of the photograph - either as a digital attachment to an email,
or a hard copy.
I probably will not return hard copies, so don't send me your only
print. Don't worry about duplicates, I would rather have a couple
of choices for each monument, I will publish a list of what 1 have
from time to time in the Messenger.
It should only take a year or two to complete the first stage of
this project in gathering together photographs of every monument.
1 will then bring the issue of possible publication to a Department
Encampment and we can decide how to proceed. If nothing more than
adding these photographs to our Department web site to allow all
to enjoy free of charge - it will be well worth the time we are
Past Michigan Department Commander
Past Commander in Chief
445 West Maple Street
Mason, MI 48854
24th Michgan Monument at Gettysburg