Many of the family letters are on file at the Bentley Historical Library, including from the Civil War years. I plan to post my transcriptions of those letters from or about Will and Isaac. In the meantime I've just begun a separate blog, Michigan's "Fighting Fifth" Civil War Infantry of Detroit newspaper accounts, posting articles at the same pace as they would have appeared 150 years ago.
No book exists only about the 5th Infantry, but they definitely deserve one. They were also 5th in Union infantry deaths, with a record including some of these places where they fought:
|Fair Oaks,Va.||Peach Orchard,Va.||Glendale,Va.|
|Malvern Hill,Va.||Bull Run,Va.||Groveton,Va.|
|Auburn Heights,Va.||Kelly's Ford,Va.||Locust Grove,Va.|
|Mine Run,Va.||Wilderness,Va.||Todd's Tavern,Va.|
|Po River,Va.||Spottsylvania,Va.||North Anna River,Va.|
|Deep Bottom,Va.||Strawberry Plains,Tn.||Poplar Springs,Va.|
|Boydton Road,Va.||Hatcher's Run,Va.||Saylers Creek,Va.|
|New Store, Va.||Appomatox Court House|
These online sources show why President Lincoln said "Thank God for Michigan!"
- The classic book is Michigan in the Civil War compiled by Robertson of the Adjutant General's Department. Google Books makes it available or go to Ed Hazel's reprint of the book to read it page by page. His site has 56 pages on the 5th, but also his tagging makes its searchable. His site, The American Civil War explores Michigan’s role in the civil war and his Civil War Resources page gives an interesting webliography on the war overall.
- Wikipedia's article, "5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment" goes a bit beyond the basic facts with links to specific battles.
- 5th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry is part of the Michigan in the Civil War website and also the source of the table of battles posted before these links.
- National Park Service's search section on Civil War regiments, after filling out the search box, gives an excellent timeline with links to many of their battles and other engagements.
- Dr. Thomas E. Sebrell II did an outstanding amount of work on the 5th. His master's thesis, A Regimental History of the 5th Michigan Infantry Regiment from Its Formation Through the Seven Days Campaign, can be found in several places including a 5th Infantry reenactors' site, 5th Michigan, Company K -- Saginaw City Light Infantry -- possibly a group you may find of interest on its own. Dr. Sebrell's most recent version of his thesis is expanded and looks specifically at their first major campaign. (I hope this is the start of further in-depth publishing on the Fifth!) It was published by Michigan Historical Review as an article, "The 'Fighting Fifth': the Fifth Michigan Infantry regiment in the Civil War's Peninsula Campaign."
- For something completely different and entertaining, the Fifth Michigan Regiment Band takes you back to the music of those days and the group's performances pass along historical information beyond just the Fifth. Their page of Bibliographical Information in the History section is a treat! So are their performances, so if they come to your area be sure and attend.
For descendants and others interested in this important regiment, it shows there's still more than enough material to create a full-length book. In the meantime I'll continue to give Liberetta's view from the Michigan homefront. For more information on that and other historical programs, go to my website's page on historical programs
I wasn't going to try and post general Civil War information, but Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners is our state's partnership with its Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and Civil War History Partners Steering Group to promote the commeration of Michigan's role in the war. You can find events, resources, and contacts for all aspects of our state's involvement in what was at the time called the War of Rebellion.