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  1. Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Civil War Series)
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  2. Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice (Civil War Series)

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With lively narration, telling anecdotes, and vivid battlefield accounts, Michigan and the Civil War tells the story as never before of Michigan's heroic contributions to saving the Union. Beginning with Michigan's antebellum period and anti-slavery heritage, the book proceeds through Michigan's rapid response to President Lincoln's call to arms, its participation in each of the War's greatest battles, portrayal of its most interesting personalities, and the concluding triumph as Custer corners Lee at Appomattox and the 4th Michigan Cavalry apprehends the fleeing Jeff Davis. Based on thorough and up-to-date research, the result is surprising in its breadth, sometimes awe-inspiring, and always a revelation given how contributions by the Great Lake State in the Civil War are too often overlooked, even by its own citizens.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Trying to stuff the State of Michigan's contribution to the Union victory in the American Civil War into less than two hundred pages is certainly a daunting, almost impossible task. The author is bound to, of necessity, leave something out, not go into enough depth somewhere else and the end product will not please everybody (when does it?). Mr. Dempsey has made a fair attempt at recounting the Wolverine State's participation in the War Between the States. There are fourteen chapters that follow a thematic scheme: Women of War, War on Water, Special Forces and The Fighting 102nd to name a few, that focus on specifics - women who served with the men as men; the States' six hundred men who served in the United States Navy; and, elite units such as the sharpshooters and colored troops.

Michigan's contributions started at Fort Sumter and ended a year or so after Appomattox Court House and the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This is a good starting point and... Read more
This book of only 188 pages is little more than a serious of human interest stories about Michigan's role in the Civil War. One would think that a State's contribution to the war effort, especially considering that Michigan sent over 90,000 troops to war and 14,000 never came home, would receive a much more comprehensive treatment. I had to check back on to see if I had inadvertently ordered a book intended for another age group.

The number of factual errors in the book is quite startling. Regarding the person likely to be Michigan's greatest war hero of all time, General George A Custer, the author seems more interested in details of Custer's marriage than in the subject of the book. He greatly understates the critical contribution Custer's Wolverines made at the Battle of Gettysburg. And he completely misses what happened at the Battle of Five Forks, "The Waterloo of the Confederacy", on April 1, 1865. Again Custer's Wolverines played a key role... Read more
A fun collection of vignettes and stories from the Civil War from a Michigan-centric point of view. As a person with a great interest in the Civil War, and one who has read dozens of memoirs and diaries of troops from that war, this collection of all Michigan related things was very interesting if a little light. I've left my state more than once, but I always come back, and hearing of the sacrifices and trials of my fellow citizens in that great war upped the interest level for me. I am going to look for more books like this.
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