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Bay County Gave Itself Unstintingly In Civil War (1937)
The Bay City Times.
  • Contributed by Leslie Hammond. (March 2005)
  • The Bay City Times - February 28, 1937.

    Bay County Gave Itself Unstintingly In Civil War.

    More Than One-Sixth Of Total County Population Was Under Arms. ____________________

    Records of the office of the Adjutant General of Michigan show that during the four years of the Civil War, 1861 to 1865, 511 soldiers from Bay county joined the armies of the north.

    Of this band, 83 died in service, and most of the remainder have long since passed on to their reward.

    When it is considered that the census of 1860 gave only 3,164 men, women, and children as the figure for the entire county, it can be realized what a sacrifice Bay made for the War Between the States.

    Although no record appears to be in existence of the names of those who died, nor any connected account of the movements of most of those who survived the Civil War, the part played by a few of those who had occasion to be mentioned in the county’s history for activities is available for reference.

    General Benjamin F. Partridge, sheriff of Bay county at the outbreak of the war, recruited men for the 16th Michigan Infantry, and in three years rose through all grades from the rank of first lieutenant to that of colonel commanding this regiment. At the close of the war, he was breveted a brigadier general.

    In his more than three years’ service, he was twice wounded, and participated in many battles, his closing service being in General Grant’s final campaign. He resumed civil and political life where he had abandoned it when he was mustered out at the close of the war.

    Col. Henry S. Raymond rose to that rank from the position of captain of Company F., 23rd Michigan Infantry, the first company raised in Bay City.

    Among the first to answer the call of the colors was Samuel Maxwell, brother of Judge Andrew Maxwell, serving four years in the army and later become justice of the supreme court of Nebraska.

    James A. Van Kleeck, department commander of Michigan’s G.A.R. in 1900 and 1901, served with Company “D”, 17th Michigan Infantry, known as the “Stonewall Regiment.” Wounded at Antietam, he hovered between life and death in a field hospital for nearly eight months.

    Henry C. Schindehette, for many years deputy United States marshal, served with the 24th Michigan Infantry, and was wounded in the hip at Gettysburg.

    These are but a few of those who wore the blue in the war of the North and the South.

    Historians declare that the women of Bay county proved themselves to be possessed of a courage as great as they were to show during the later years of the World War. Theirs was the work of maintaining the occupations of their battling men-folk, making bandages, and raising funds for hospital work.

    Related Pages
    *Bay Co. Civil War History
    People Referenced
    Grant, Gen.
    Maxwell, Andrew (Judge)
    Maxwell, Samuel
    Partridge, Benjamin F.
    Raymond, Henry S.
    Van Kleeck, James A.
    Subjects Referenced
    16th Michigan Infantry
    17th Michigan Infantry
    23rd Michigan Infantry
    24th Michigan Infantry
    Nebraska Supreme Court
    Stonewall Regiment
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.