Press "Enter" to skip to content

People

There are many individuals associated with the U.S. military, both famous and virtually unknown, from the Great Lakes region.  Here is what we are writing about lately.

  • Joseph Beyrle: Dual Soldier Kevin AnthonyIntroduction 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 ...
  • The abridged history of Fort Brady Zeb Tester-Riccardo(taken from http://hermes.lssu.edu)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 ...
  • 8th Wisconsin Infantry and Old Abe Chris ThompsonOld 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 ...
  • Capture of Jefferson Davis by the Fourth Michigan Cassondra JonesThe 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. ...
  • Henry Dwight Terry – US Army Brigadier Gener… Bridget AlanivaH.D._TerryOverview 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 ...
  • The Last Civil War Veteran of Negaunee Kat KlebbaPeter Trudell Sr. in his G.A.R. uniform.http://genealogytrails.com/mich/marquette/PeterTrudell2.jpgIn 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 ...
  • History of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Re… Dan GroessThe 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 ...
  • Montgomery C. Meigs and Fort Wayne Brian BurtkaFort 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 ...
  • Michigan Abolitionist George DeBaptiste Matthew Erickson  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 ...
  • Sir Francis Cockburn Lucas CatronJohn James Halls [Public domain via Wikimedia Commons]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 ...
  • John L. Ransom Amber StrutzDuring the U.S. Civil War, the Andersonville Prison in Andersonville, Georgia was a source of cruelty.  In this Confederate prison camp Union soldiers were dying of disease, malnutrition, and execution. ...
  • 125th Infantry Regiment Cameron Gregg  Introduction The 125th Infantry Regiment of the Michigan National Guard has adopted new methods of fighting and has evolved throughout its long history of warfare, from the Civil War to the ...
  • A Cold War Tragedy: B-52C Crash In January 1971 Derek GhellerOn January 7, 1971 a fireball erupted over the Little Traverse Bay caused by the crash of a Boeing B-52 Model C.  Along with the fireball, a sonic boom carried ...
  • Richard Simpson, WWII Marine Riley SimpsonIMG_0903When the Japanese attacked on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Richard Simpson was only seventeen years old.  Just days after his eighteenth birthday in September of 1942, he enlisted in the ...
  • The 16th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment in t… Riley McMichael16th Michigan Monument (By Stuart Dempsey)The date was March 4th, 1861 and Lincoln had just taken office when the Confederacy attacked Fort Sumter. From this point on we were no longer a unified country, but ...