This Site is National Archives Bound!

Sometime ago, I was contacted by a representative from the National Archives in Washington D.C. to obtain permission to include this site in their NEW Civil War Digital Collection.

I granted permission and was informed that either towards the end of the Civil War Sesquicentennial or after, this site along with other’s will be available for public use and research.

That is one of the reasons I asked in a previous post of Monroe residents who have ancestors from Monroe that fought during the Civil War.  The request e-mail was sent on an old account that I had to delete. But when I got the e-mail, I forwarded it to a couple of people and hoped that at least one of them saved it so I could post the request. Unfortunately neither one saved it or could locate it.

So please send your family Civil War histories to me at as soon as you can.  –

Thank you and I hope to be able to post your family’s past, at the present for the future.

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Civil War Memorial Dedication Events May 27, 2012

The events of the day will begin at 10:00 a.m. when the Corl-Gaynier AMVETS Post 1942 will be calling out the names of all 410 county men listed on the new Civil War monument one at a time located at Soldier and Sailors Park and ringing a ships bell after each name is called out. All 410 were county residents that died in the war.

The Monroe County Civil War Fallen Memorial will be dedicated at 2:00 p.m. The memorial is at Soldiers and Sailors Park, E. Front and Navarre Sts., and honors more than 400 soldiers from Monroe County who died during the war.

Activities and demonstrations are scheduled from noon to 4:00 p.m.; A 12 piece Civil band will be giving two concerts are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The event also will include over 100 military re-enactors, Civil War encampment, and historical organization displays and cannon firing.

For information, call 847-9527.

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Local Stories Sought

I would like to add local stories of Monroe’s Ancestors who fought in the Civil War. I am also looking for stories of local Monroe’s involvement during the Civil War. For example, the story I posted about gun stocks made locally.

Please sumbit stories to

Thank you.

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Contact Information for Upcoming Area Events

In commemoration of the War of 1812 and the Civil War, many organizations, clubs and institutions are sponsoring a super amount of upcoming events. There are many online sites and printed media that you can access for information. And, if your organization, club or institution needs help in advertising any upcoming events, there are many sites that …will list your upcoming event for FREE. Check out the following: (Will list upcoming events related to the Museum. Contact Lynn Reaume at the Museum to post events at: (734) 240-7780. (Will list upcoming events in the Monroe area. Contact Sherri Schreiner to post events at: or at: (734) 243-0945/(734) 693-9086. (Will list upcoming events in the Monroe Area. Contact John Patterson at: or at: (734) 457-1030 to post events.) Jazz Festival! (To post events in the “North Neighbors” section of The Blade (Toledo, Ohio).) (Contact Jeanne Miller to post events in “The Monroe Buzz”.) (To post events in the Monroe Evening News) or or (Will list upcoming events related to the RRNBP. Dan Downing is the administrator of the sites. Contact Dan at the Battlefield at: (734) 243-7136) to post events. The 1812 events coordination site is administered by Terry Beamsly and is located at: Terry Beamsley can be contacted at: (734) 431-4997.


The RRNBP facebook page is also administered by Dan Downing and is located at: (To post events in the Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter. Super place to find out the happenings in Michigan! And, it is free! (To contact Jesse Mayo to post Civil War related events.) (For event info for “One Book, One Community”) (For events at Fort Meigs, Perrysburg, O.) Gene Web site. (Sue Donovan)

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Future Events Infomation

The Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015). The Monroe County Historical Museum (MCHM), and many local historical organizations, are planning many programs and special exhibits for these upcoming years. The MCHM can be contacted at: (734) 240-7780. Or, log on to to check out upcoming area events. Or, log on to: During the months June, July and August the Museum will be open seven (7) days a week. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There may be an admission.

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Civil War Monument Dedication: May 27, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Park, dedication of the “Monroe County Civil War Fallen Monument”. Reception at the Sawyer Homestead.

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Civil War Confederate Flags presented by John Keller: May 24, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 7 p.m., at the Museum. John Keller will be presenting a program on “Civil War Confederate Flags” . The Friends are sponsoring this event.
Light refreshments will be available.


John Keller, a Michigan native now residing in South Carolina, will explain and show some of the flags used by the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Mr. Keller notes that the general public are often unaware that there were several OFFICIAL flags of the government of the Confederacy and a myriad of battle flags of the various military units that fought for southern independence in the War of the Rebellion (Yankee term) or the Second American Revolution (Confederate term).
In March of 1861, Southerners who supported a flag similar to that of the United States adopted “Stars and Bars” as the official National flag of the Confederacy. The flag’s first official use was at the inauguration of Jefferson Davis on March 4, 1861.  This flag resembled the United States flag, but replaced the “stripes” with 3 “bars”. The flag had 7 stars, one for each state that was part of the confederacy at the time. This flag was dubbed the “Stars and Bars”.  More stars were added as other states joined the confederacy.
The National flag of the confederacy is almost forgotten today, and the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia has become the symbol most associated with the confederacy.  This flag has a blue X on a red field with 13 stars, for the thirteen states in the Confederacy.
The program is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Chris Kull at the museum, 240-7787.

Chris Kull
Curator/Certified Archivist
Monroe County Historical Museum
126 S. Monroe St.
Monroe, MI  48161


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