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About Us?
We are an organized group formed to provide an educational forum for individuals interested in exchanging information on the history of the American Civil War, including Bay County's participation in the war.

Regular Monthly Meetings
Guests welcome to attended monthly meeting. - Meetings are held during the months of Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., Oct. and Nov. Meetings include featured presentation and open discussion. Annual Membership: $20.00. Information: 989-892-1136.
Where: Community Room at Alice & Jack Wirt Library, 500 Center Ave., downtown Bay City. Time 7 p.m.
  • Meetings are open to public for a small fee.

    2009-10 Meeting Schedule:

    • Oct. 12, 2011 - St. Albans Vermont Raid. - by Kevin Graffaagino, Dir. UM Clements LIbrary.
    • Nov. 9, 2011 - Poetry of and during the American Civil War. - by Dee Dee Wackman.
    • Dec. 14, 2001 - The Relevance of the Civil War Today. - by David Finney, historian.
    • Jan. 11, 2012 - The Michigan Experience, a new film. - by Rodney Brown.
    • Feb. 8, 2012 - George A. Custer in the Civil War. - by Fred Welsh, historian.
    • Mar. 14, 2012 - A Civil War couple and his unit. - by Pual Teed, SVSU Professor.
    • Apr. 11, 2012 - Histoic Ft. Wayne. - by Tom Berelucchi, Director.

    Related Articles: Date [Subject] Writer

    - Apr. 11 [Annual Meeting - Debate a Draw] Dave Rogers
    - Mar. 2 [Gen. Grant Talk Slated] Dave Rogers
    - Jan. 10 [Some CW staged after battle.] Dave Rogers
    - Apr. 16 [CWRT Annual Dinner] Dave Rogers
    - Mar. 18 [Women in Civil War] Dee Dee Wackman
    - Jan. 28 [US Revenue Cutter Service] Tim Younkman

  • About Our Name?
    The Seventh Michigan Cavalry name was chosen in recognition of Captain James Birney (1844-1870) from Bay County who served in this unit and the Michigan Cavalry Brigade under the command of General George Custer (1839-1876), and after the war was assigned to the Buffalo Soldiers regiment stationed in Texas. His father and grand-father, both named James, played a prominent roles in the early history of Bay City. See Birney Family History.
    Seventh Michigan Cavalry History
    The regiment was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan by the Hon. F.W. Kellog (1810-1879), and was assigned to the Michigan Cavalry Brigade commanded by General Custer. It was active from October, 1862 - June, 1866. Its total enrollment was 1779, of which, 49 killed were in action, 26 wounded and 247 died from disease. More details on its history and other local Civil War history are available from the following links:
    - Article/Photo about our group.
    - Regiment's History Michigan in the War.
    - Regiment's Roster Michigan in the War.
    - Local Civil War History - Bay-Journal

    Images of Bay County Soldiers

    Background Image - Pine Ridge Cemetery
    - Soldiers' Rest Area showing head stones of Civil War soldiers. View image.
    - The abandoned pioneer cemetery needs help from the public if it is to be preserved, and respectfully maintained. Visit Pine Ridge Cemetery website for information.
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