Kalamazoo County and the Civil War

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More than 3,000 Kalamazoo County men served in the Union forces during the Civil War. They fought in the most horrific battles from Blackburn’s Ford to Appomattox, and 396 did not return home. The war tested the area not just on the battlefield but in its collective back yard and, at times, its front yard. A “peace rally” held by local Democrats was interrupted by Lincoln supporters who viewed the Democrats as traitors. Residents reacted jubilantly to the capture of Richmond, the Confederate capital, and mourned the assassination of Lincoln, who had visited the village of Kalamazoo before the war. As veterans, the former combatants left behind indelible reminders of their sacrifice. Local historian Gary L. Gibson uncovers long-lost stories, many never before told, of Kalamazoo County during and after America’s bloodiest conflict.
ISBN: 9781467145855
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Michigan
Series: Civil War
Images: 66
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Gary L. Gibson is a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area. A graduate of Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) and Western Michigan University, he is a former archivist for KVCC. He is currently the curator of exhibits of Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum and serves as the secretary on its board of directors. Gary is a Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, past commander of the Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and past president of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Michigan. Gary resides in Cooper Township with his best friend and wife of twenty-eight years, Beth.
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