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The Civil War, 1861-1865

Michigan was a strong antislavery state. It reacted quickly to the threat to the Union posed when 11 southern states decided to secede and form their own country.

Photograph of Civil War Soldiers

Explore the Civil War Gallery

More than 90,000 Michigan men served in the Civil War. This was 23% of Michigan's male population. Michigan soldiers included whites, Blacks and Native Americans. They fought in almost every major battle in the war even though no battles took place in Michigan. They served in 31 regiments of infantry, 11 of cavalry, one of engineers, one of sharpshooters and in 14 batteries of artillery; 498 joined the Navy. This photograph of Civil War soldiers appears in the museum's Civil War exhibits.

Take a minitour of the Michigan Historical Museum's Civil War gallery:


Go to Kids' Stuff and Teachers' Stuff activities for the Civil War Gallery.


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