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Provisions in the Union's conscription codes permitted the hiring of substitutes were frequently abused by bounty jumpers who accepted cash to server for someone else, then quickly deserted and repeated the process.

'The evening [of President Lincoln's assassination] was Good Friday, the saddest day in the whole calendar for the Christian Church, henceforth in this country to be made sadder, if possible, by the memory of our nation's loss.'
            ~ Matthew Simpson, Methodist Episcopal church bishop
        in his speech at President Lincoln's funeral on May 4, 1865

The soldiers of the 9th Mississippi did not wear issued uniforms at the Battle of Shiloh, but their own civilian clothes.

'Jefferson Davis and other leaders of the South have made an army; they are making it appears, a navy; and they have made what is more than either; they have made a nation.'
              ~ Charles Girard, French military supplier to the South
                                       in a speech at Newcastle on October 7, 1862

April 17, 2019

Marjie Viveen

The Ottawa County
Poor Farm

West Dining Room
DeWitt Student Center
Kuyper College
3333 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:00 pm

Bring some friends!
 The Grand Rapids Civil War Round Table welcomes Marjie Viveen and her presentation on The Ottawa County Poor Farm.  When the Ottawa County Poor Farm received its first resident in 1866, no one could have imagined the benefits it would provide over the decades. The Poor Farm was a haven for indigent people who, due to the happenstance of birth, misfortune, or poverty, were in dire straits and needed a place to call home—a sanctuary staffed with people who could nurse them to better health.  

The presentation will include a showing of  a 20-minute film on the Ottawa Count Poor Farm history. It’s significant to the Civil War because the farm opened in the aftermath of the hostilities.  Several residents were CW vets, including a black man featured in the film.  Ms. Viveen will also share information on other Civil War veterans that were residents of the farm that did not make it into the film.
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Civil War Notes
The Ottawa County Poor Farm