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Father Abraham's Children

Michigan Episodes in the Civil War

Frank B. Woodfordforeword by Arthur M. Woodford

American History, Michigan, Military History

Published: February 2014
ISBN: 9780814339572
Pages: 360 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 23 b&w illus.
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 9780814339589
Pages: 360 Size: EPUB
Illustrations: 23 b&w illus.

Father Abraham's Children was first published in 1961, the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. This volume is a collection of anecdotes and legends, a retelling of stories and reminiscences culled from a wide variety of written sources and from personal interviews with Civil War veterans.

Among the episodes recounted with a wealth of colorful detail are: Michigan's participation
in the Underground Railroad; the strange tale of Sarah Emma Edmonds, alias Private Franklin Thompson; the ill-fated strategy that led to the slaughter at the Crater; an odyssey of escape from Danville and from Libby Prison; the bizarre plot of the Confederates to capture a Federal sloop-of-war on Lake Erie; the Michigan Cavalry Brigade's exploits under the picturesque George Custer; the chance encounter with a Michigan soldier that brought death to the gallant Jeb Stuart; impressions and description of camp life and the ordinary routine of a soldier from the diary of Private Frank Lane; the disaster of the First Michigan at Bull Run; the story of Michigan's medical services and the origin of Harper Hospital; the Detroit Riot of 1863; and the nightmare explosion of the steamer Sultana with a death toll of over 1,200 soldiers on their way home from Confederate prisons.

Frank B. Woodford (1903–1967) was chief editorial writer for the Detroit Free Press. He authored eleven books, including Lewis Cass, The Last Jeffersonian (1951); Mr. Jefferson’s Disciple: A Life of Justice Woodward (1953), co-authored with Albert Hyma; Gabriel Richard: Frontier Ambassador (1958), co-authored with Phil Mason; Alex J. Groesbeck: Portrait of a Public Man (Wayne State University Press, 1962); and Harper of Detroit: The Origins and Growth of a Great Metropolitan Hospital (Wayne State University Press, 1964). At the time of his death, he was serving as city historiographer of the City of Detroit. Arthur M. Woodford is the son of Frank Woodford and is author or editor of nine books, including This Is Detroit: 1701–2001 (Wayne State University Press, 2001) and Charting the Inland Seas (Wayne State University Press, 1994). He is the former director of the St. Clair Shores Public Library.