www.allmichigancivilwar.com - Welcome to the main page.  This image shows a view of guests at a historic site seeing history come to life up close.Welcome to allmichigancivilwar.com! This site is dedicated to helping you find out all you can about Michigan's rich experience in the Civil War AND the many ways you can commemorate it!

More than 90,000 Michigan men served in the war. This represented almost 25% of the State's male popluation in the 1860 census. Michigan raised 34 regiments of infantry, one sharpshooter regiment, eleven cavalry regiements, fourteen artillery batteries and one engineer regiment as well as sent smaller bodies of men to serve in units from other states. From this number, 14,434 men died in the service. As was true with the Civil War, most of the men lost weren't to the battlefield directly. 4,448 men were lost directly to combat while over 9,000 were from disease.

But military service was only the tip of the iceberg of Michigan's involvement in the war. For every man who marched off, a family of many stayed home to wait, worry, be proud and carry on. More who didn't serve in the ranks helped the war effort by keeping the Northern war machine moving by keeping enterprise moving forward, whether at their home farms or in cities working for larger businesses. Politicians still had to represent Michigan in Washington, Lansing and home counties and cities. Families wrote letters and kept farms and businesses functioning. The US Sanitary Commission and Christian Commission, as well as other organizations, provided directly for the soldier's relief and comfort.Officers of the 21st Michigan during a lull in the fighting in 1863.  Photo from the Library of Congress.

Today we are in the midst of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. As a resident of or a visitor to this great state, there are so many ways you can learn more about the great sacrifice given to us by our ancestors of 150 years ago. Our role is to provide you with one central site to learn about the many rich opportunites which Michigan provides you to learn about her Civil War history.

As rich as the history is, there are many ways you can experience it.

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Did You Know?

Michigan’s GAR Museum Showcases

“Civil War Journal from the 2nd Michigan Infantry"


Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids will be sponsoring a Free Civil War History Seminar on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 7:00 PM at Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum located at 224 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. The topic of the presentation will be “Civil War Journal from the 2nd Michigan Infantry - Harmon Camburn.” The presenter will be Patricia Camburn Zick.

Harmon Camburn (1842-1906) joined the Adrian Guards of Adrian, Michigan, on April 20, 1861. The Guards were mustered into the 2nd Michigan Infantry as Company D and left Detroit for Washington D.C. in May 1861. Camburn was present for both Battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Malvern Hill. In 1863, he was shot through the lung at the Siege of Knoxville and was taken prisoner by the Confederates where he lay near death until the Union won the battle six days later. He slowly recovered from the wound and was released from the Army in May 1864. He wrote brief notes during his time of service, and in later years, pulled together his “Army Reminiscences” for his children. His great granddaughter, Patricia Camburn Zick, published his writings in Civil War Journal from the 2nd Michigan Infantry. In addition to the journal of Harmon Camburn, Ms. Zick also provides information on the Camburn family of Adrian and their connection to the family of Laura S. Haviland as well as specifics about the war and the 2nd Michigan Infantry. She will relate Harmon Camburn’s story and family history during the event. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Patricia Camburn Zick lives in Florida, but she was born in Stockbridge, Michigan. She’s an award-winning journalist and bestselling author and writes contemporary fiction and creative nonfiction under the name of P.C. Zick. In 2013, she published Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier, and in 2018, expanded the original book into Civil War Journal from the 2nd Michigan Infantry and added additional information as well as annotating her great grandfather’s journal to provide perspective on the larger view of the war. Ms. Zick also is an editor, book formatter, and publisher.

There is no charge for admission and refreshments will be served. Additional information regarding the seminar may be obtained by going to Michigan’s G.A.R. Memorial Hall & Museum FaceBook page at GARBrainerdPost111MemorialHallAndMuseum or to our website at http://garmuseum.com

Watch a video review of the first edition of the book here:

Download the event information as a PDF.