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Michigan and the Civil War


Heritage Hall
April 11, 2011 - June 30, 2015

Image of Michigan and the Civil War Exhibit

Drawn from the MSU Museum's historical collection, the exhibit highlights Michigan connections in the Civil War. Notably, the entire first graduating class of the Michigan Agricultural College (now MSU) was excused before the graduation ceremonies in 1861 so that they could join the Union Army. Another thread: Luther Baker, the man who led the capture of Lincoln's assassin, was a Michigan native who returned to Lansing after the war.

The exhibit includes several artifacts relate to Civil War General John G. Parkhurst from Coldwater, Mich., who spent time in the notorious Confederate Libby Prison. Other artifacts include Civil War uniforms, weapons, camp goods, medical equipment -- including an amputation and surgery kit -- and objects relating to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Related, from MSU Press:

"The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War," by
Martin N. Bertera and Kim Crawford

Finalist: 2010 U.S. Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award