“Thank God for Michigan!”
It’s believed President Abraham Lincoln uttered those words when the First Michigan Infantry arrived in Washington D.C., shortly after the president’s declaration of war. The First Michigan, made up of men primarily from Detroit and other cities within Wayne County, was the first western unit to answer his call.
More than 90,000 Michigan men, nearly 23 percent of the state’s male population in 1860, served the Union during the American Civil War. These people fought hard and sacrificed much. Their actions significantly contributed to the outcome we enjoy today – a united nation – the United States of America. The people of Michigan should know this and be proud.
Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Southeast Michigan Civil War Remembrance Tours bring the war home to southeast Michigan by identifying the local people (as well as places and events) whose efforts helped preserve the Union, and thereby, shaped our Nation’s history.
The tours pay homage to the local people of this era who bravely fought and those who died to protect and preserve the Union. It honors those Americans who courageously raised their voices to challenge oppressive ideology and laws and worked tirelessly to insure the self-evident truths – “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – set forth by our founders in the Declaration of Independence were extended to all.
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