Invitation to southeast Michigan government officials, community leaders & anyone interested in promoting our history and tourism

You’re invited

Please join Hometown History Tours on our inaugural bus tour

Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Southeast Michigan Civil War Remembrance Tour

Saturday, May 30, 2009.

This first ever bus tour features dozens of sites significant to our Nation’s fight to preserve the Union. It also coincides with the release of our first local guidebook entitled Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Southeast Michigan’s Contribution to the Civil War.

  • Special guest narrators David Finney and Dave Ingall will bring to life the courageous stories of the local people who answered President Lincoln’s call to defend and preserve the United States of America.
  • Celebrated Civil War hero General George Armstrong Custer*, who grew up in Monroe and married local resident Elizabeth Bacon, will be on board, too. Custer will regale guests with his remarkable Civil War exploits and provide insight into mid-19th century life.

*While Custer’s legacy today is overshadowed by his controversial “last stand” at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, most Americans don’t realize his Civil War service earned Custer national hero status. When Major General Sherman presented Mrs. Custer with a small writing table at the end of the Civil War (we’ll see a replica of this table on the tour) on which the condition for the surrender of the Confederate Army was written, he said:

“Permit me to say Madam that there is scarcely an individual in our service who had contributed more to bring about this desirable result than your very gallant husband.”

Be part of this new and exciting excursion that pays homage to the local people who valiantly served and sacrificed on behalf of our great Nation and markets our region as a significant historical tourist destination!

Tickets: $125 per person (advance sales only)

To reserve your tickets, call 734.642.5712 or order online at:

  •  Bus departs from Value City Furniture parking lot in Taylor (SE corner of Eureka & Telegraph) at 8 AM and returns at 7 PM.
  • Ticket price includes: fully-narrated bus tour, souvenir guidebook, admissions, tips, AM coffee break, lunch at Foran’s Irish Pub (inside historic circa 1879 Detroit building), dinner at the Monroe County Historical Museum Custer Exhibit.

PS: Planning is underway across America to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial in 2011 (150 years). Let’s lead the way and celebrate our region’s monumental contributions to this hallowed era in American history today!

Join us for this exciting look at local and national history!

Order tickets before May 15, 2009 and pay only $99

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