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Joseph Beyrle: Dual Soldier

Introduction Joseph Beyrle is the only American soldier ever to fight for the United States Army and the Russian Red Army. Joe completed this feat in World War 2 where he was a paratrooper who was captured and taken to…

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The abridged history of Fort Brady

Fort Brady During Fort Brady’s history, it has gone through many changes. From a humble beginning as a small fort on St. Mary’s River to Lake Superior State University’s campus. Fort Brady was an active fort since it’s founding in…

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8th Wisconsin Infantry and Old Abe

Old Abe the War Eagle, became a trademark of Wisconsin’s Civil War history during his service with 8th Wisconsin Infantry throughout the war. Old Abe and the 8th Wisconsin Infantry trained at Camp Randall in Madison. Old Abe served as…

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Capture of Jefferson Davis by the Fourth Michigan

The Fourth Michigan Cavalry had many roles during the Civil War.One event, however, truly stands out. The capture of Jefferson Davis. On May 10th 1865, Davis was captured near Irwinville. There was a brief exchange of fire between the 4th…

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Henry Dwight Terry – US Army Brigadier General (Civil War)

Overview Henry Dwight Terry was born in Hartford, Connecticut on March 16, 1812 with strong New England roots. When Terry was young he moved to Michigan to study law, where he began his practice in Detroit (2.2). When the Civil…

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The Last Civil War Veteran of Negaunee

In 1928, veterans of the Spanish-American War, members of the American Legion, and more gathered at St. Paul’s catholic church in Negaunee, Michigan to honor a fellow soldier and loved family and community member. The service was for Peter Trudell,…

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History of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the most influential and brave regiments in the Civil Car. The men who served in the 1st Minnesota saw combat in almost all of the biggest battles of the Civil War;…

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Montgomery C. Meigs and Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is often associated with the American Civil War as the starting point for many Michigan regiments that went South. It is not often associated with one man’s personal vendetta against Robert E. Lee. Fort Wayne was built in…

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Michigan Abolitionist George DeBaptiste

  George DeBaptiste was a prominent abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad in his home in Detroit, Michigan. DeBaptiste was a catalyst for the American Civil War working with other nationally known abolitionists like John Brown, famous for his…

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Sir Francis Cockburn

Sir Francis Cockburn was born November 10, 1780 to Sir James Cockburn and Augusta Anne Ayscough. He would start his military career at a young age and would consequently see four different continents, have roles in two wars, help build…

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