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.

Visit our calendar for an up to date list of events across the state.

Did You Know?

Michigan’s GAR Museum Showcases

Michigan at Antietam


Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids will be sponsoring a Free Civil War History Seminar on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 7:00 PM at Michigan’s GAR Memorial Hall & Museum located at 224 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. The topic of the presentation is entitled Michigan at Antietam.

America's single bloodiest day was at the 1862 Battle of Antietam, and Michigan played a prominent role. The program will discuss the state's connections to the Lost Order, one of the Civil War's greatest mysteries. The role of George A. Custer, then just a staff officer, will be highlighted. Mourn the extraordinary losses Michiganders suffered, including one regiment losing nearly half its strength at the epicenter of the battle. The Wolverine State's contributions to help secure the Union and facilitate the subsequent Emancipation Proclamation will be emphasized.

The program will be presented by Civil War historian Brian James Egen and will be based his and Jack Dempsey’s recent book, Michigan at Antietam. Brian is the Executive Producer at The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan and member of the Michigan Historical Commission and former chair of its Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. Come join us as Brian discusses his and Jack’s research and analysis that shed new insights on the role of Michigan’s soldiers and civilians during this epic struggle.

Brian’s and Jack’s book, Michigan at Antietam, will be available for purchase at the program. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the erection of a monument to Michigan soldiers at the Antietam battlefield.