Michigan's Early Military Forces (Hardcover)

A Roster and History of Troops Activated Prior to the American Civil War (Great Lakes Books)

By Roger Rosentreter, Le Roy Barnett (Editor)

Great Lakes Books Series, 9780814330814, 518pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2003

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Michigan has long been proud of its military service, but many of its early accomplishments are unknown to most of the state's residents. This book fills the void in our knowledge by bringing together an impressive array of information on Michigan's armed forces from 1775 to 1860. Here we find the name rank, unit, and dates of service for all known Michigan men who served in the Revolutionary War, Indian Wars, War of 1812, Black Hawk War, Toledo War, Patriot War, and the Mexican-American War. Accompanying histories explain the reasons behind the conflicts and include maps showing all theaters of operations for Michigan troops. The in-depth accounts of the state's role in these hostilities often serve as the first serious and comprehensive studies of the contributions made by its citizens in these events. Ultimately, this book stands as a fitting memorial to the many men who took up arms on behalf of Michigan.

About the Author

Le Roy Barnett, now retired, was the head of reference at the State Archives in Michigan.Roger Rosentreter is the editor or Michigan History Magazine.