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November 19, 2014

John Urschel

Michigan Boys

The Dewitt Student Center
Kuyper College
3333 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan​

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

Bring some friends!
John Urschel makes his first appearance to the Grand Rapids Civil War Round Table with his presentation on Michigan Boys at Andersonville.  The remotely located Confederate prison was originally designed to house ten thousand prisoners.  But the population swelled to over three times that and the men suffered from drastic sanitation, health, and mortality issues.  John Urschel will shares the stories of Michigan men who were locked within its walls.
Special Announcements:
Spies sent and hid military information in many creative ways, ranging from notes hidden in ham bones, large buttons, or under hoops skirts, to messages written on onion skins and hidden in shoes.  A Confederate spy  known only as Mrs. M. wrapped a critical inteligence report around her dog and then sewed a fake fur coat on top of it in order to pass through Union lines and reach General P.G.T. Beauregard.  Upon arrival, she borrowed the general's knife and suprisingly cut open the dog.  He was relieved to learn the dog had two coats.
Our Next Meeting

Membership fees for the 2014-2015 season will be $20.00.
Checks can be made out to GRCWRT.
Get your membership/renewal form on our 
Membership page or at the meeting.
Dues are based on the meeting year, September - June.


The GRCWRT is in need of a volunteer to take over the duties of treasurer.  Please contact our Coordinator, Dan Dunn, if you are interested.

Refreshments for the November meeting will be provided by
Char Dunn and Joan Broene

Civil War Notes