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May 20, 2015

George Wilkinson

The Fourth
Michigan Infantry

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!
George Wilkinson will give his presentation on the Fourth Michigan Infantry.  The Fourth Michigan mustered into service in June of 1861 in Adrian Michigan.  They served as part of the Army of the Potomac and became one of the most feared and respected fighting regiments of the Civil War.  Come hear George speak of the glory of the Fourth, including their participation in the Peninsula Campaign, the Battle of Fredericksburg, Chancelorsville, Gettysburg, and Petersburg.
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"[Lincoln] always showed a generous and kindly spirit toward the Southern people and I never heard him abuse an enemy.  Some of the cruel things said about President Lincoln, particularly in the North, used to pierce him in the heart."
                                                                        ~ General Ulysses S. Grant

Gray ghosts were blockade runners that used smokeless coal in their boilers and feathered paddles to help keep them from being noticed by the Union lookouts.

"Tonight is a frolicsome time with our negroes.  Caroline married Larkin Gabrell's Clay.  The couple with attendants and candle holders come out in front of the back piazza and Big George tied the knot.  His ceremny was short.  He seemed much embarassed, spoke rapidly.  But when the knot was tied the party marched back to Eliza's house, and frolic was the order of the day.  Thompson acted as master of ceremonies.  The negro men and women were all dressed in their best and all seem to be enjoying themselves hugely."
                                                           ~  Excerpt from the May 28, 1864,
                                                 diary entry of Samuel Andrew Agnew,
                                                      a Lee County, Mississippi, preacher
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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 at the May meeting will  be provided by
Carolee and ??

Civil War Notes
Men of the 
Fourth Michigan Infantry
Company "C"