In 2011, the nation began commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Although no actual battles were fought in Michigan, men—and women—from the state served throughout the war in more than 50 Michigan regiments of infantry, cavalry, artillery, and engineers, as well as in regiments of other states. These Michigan citizens were vital to the Union cause, and President Abraham Lincoln is quoted as exclaiming, “Thank God for Michigan!” when the state’s first troops arrived to serve. During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, MSU has brought together many of its valuable resources and made them easily available for research and teaching about the Civil War. These can be found at the Civil War sesquicentennial: MSU resources web site.
As part of this sesquicentennial commemoration, University Archives & Historical Collections staff are transcribing and digitizing its collections relating to the Civil War. These materials—including hundreds of pages of correspondence, diaries, musters, reminiscences, and photographs—will be made available online here for public use.
The research guide for The Civil War is also available to the public. Check back as this document does get updated.
We hope you find these stories to be educational, interesting, and informative. Keep checking back as we are frequently updating the site with new collections. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please send them to us using our Contact link above. And, if you like what you see, do send us an email!
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Thompson(Henrietta Marsh)Sheet Music Album
Stoddard Family Papers
Shaw (John) Papers
Kirk (Newton Thorne) Papers
7th Michigan Infantry Muster Log
Jewell (Horace B.) Papers
Hardenbergh Family Papers
Company A, 14th Ohio Infantry Regiment records
Edwin Havens Papers
Pinckney Family Papers
Smith and Carpenter Families Papers
Emma Miller Papers
Edwin Holmes Papers
Augustus Holmes Papers
Joseph H. Weaver papers