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Michigan's Early Military Forces

A Roster and History of Troops Activated Prior to the American Civil War

Rosters compiled by Le Roy Barnett
with histories by Roger Rosentreter

Award Winner

History, Michigan, Military History

Great Lakes Books Series

Hardback
Published: February 2003
ISBN: 9780814330814
Pages: 528 Size: 7x10
Illustrations: 3
eBOOK
Published: February 2003
ISBN: 9780814340301
Review

This book fills the void in our knowledge by bringing together an impressive array of information on Michigan's armed forces from 1775 to 1860.

— Ends and Beginnings: The Newsletter of the Michigan Council for History Education

Michigan has long been proud of its military service, but many of its early accomplishments are unknown to most of the state's residents. This book fills the void in our knowledge by bringing together an impressive array of information on Michigan's armed forces from 1775 to 1860. Here we find the name rank, unit, and dates of service for all known Michigan men who served in the Revolutionary War, Indian Wars, War of 1812, Black Hawk War, Toledo War, Patriot War, and the Mexican-American War. Accompanying histories explain the reasons behind the conflicts and include maps showing all theaters of operations for Michigan troops. The in-depth accounts of the state's role in these hostilities often serve as the first serious and comprehensive studies of the contributions made by its citizens in these events. Ultimately, this book stands as a fitting memorial to the many men who took up arms on behalf of Michigan.

Le Roy Barnett, now retired, was the head of reference at the State Archives in Michigan.

Roger Rosentreter is the editor or Michigan History Magazine.

Michigan's Early Military Forces captures the essence of our state's rich military legacy. It clearly, comprehensively, and more important, interestingly chronicles the events and people responsible for the settlement of Michigan. I feel passionately that this compendium is a must for anyone with an interest in military history.

– Lieutenant Colonel James McCrone, State Public Information Officer for the Michigan National Guard

This book fills the void in our knowledge by bringing together an impressive array of information on Michigan's armed forces from 1775 to 1860."

– Ends and Beginnings: The Newsletter of the Michigan Council for History Education

  • 2003 State History Award - Result: Winner in the category of Publications: Books: University & Commercial
  • 2003 State History Award - Result: Winner in the category of Publications: Books: University & Commercial
  • 2004 Michigan Notable Book Awards - Result: 1 of 20 selected annually
  • 2004 Michigan Notable Book Awards - Result: 1 of 20 selected annually