4th Michigan infantry In Reunion
On June 20, 1911, veterans of the Fourth Michigan Infantry posed for this photograph taken in Adrian, Michigan.
They had gathered there for the 50th anniversary of their mustering into the Federal service.
These are G.A.R ribbons from the Company's I & H of the 4th Mi. V. Infantry Re - Unions in St. Clair , Mi. in 1905 & 1906
From the George Wilkinson Collection
Various 4th Michigan Reunion Ribbons
From the Janine Delcamp Collection
Attending the 50th Anniversary of Gettysburg
General George Spalding at the 50th Anniversary of Gettysburg
from the George Wilkinson Collection
Spalding, George W. (Veteran) Monroe, Enlisted in Company A, Fourth Infantry as first Sergeant, June 20, 1861, at Adrian, for 3 years, age 24. Mustered June 20, 1861. Commissioned First Lieutenant company B, Aug. 5, 1861. Commissioned Captain Jan. 13, 1862. Wounded in action July 1, 1862. Resigned July 18, 1862. Re-entered service as Lieutenant Colonel, Eighteenth Infantry at organization. Commissioned July 18, 1862. Mustered Sept. 2, 1862. Provost Marshal from June 14, 1863, to Jan 1864. Resigned to accept promotion Feb 21, 1864. Colonel Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry, Feb. 21,1864. Brevet Brigadier General U.S. Volunteers, March 21, 1865, for valuable services in battle of Nashville, Tenn. Honorably discharged Oct, 24, 1865.
Ladder badge of 2nd Lieutenant Moses F Carleton
of Company I Fourth Michigan Infantry (re-organized)
from the George Wilkinson Collection
Veteran's G.A.R. Post calling card of Stephen Mallery of Company E. Fourth Michigan Infantry
Calling card of John Hall of Company G, Fourth Michigan Infantry
Veterans of the Fourth Michigan Infantry
at the monument dedication at Gettysburg, Pa.
The 4th Michigan at Monument dedication at the Wheatfield
From the holdings of the Clement Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Engraved Fifth Corp ladder badge emblem from the ladder badge
of a veteran of the from "Old Fourth Michigan"
Letters of the Veterans
This letter dated July 16, 1920 , was written from Chicago attorney Henry Magee, veteran of company E, Fourth Michigan Infantry, to William Fuller also of company E. A fellow comrade, William Birge, had evidently mentioned Henry's poor attendance of the reunions with the Fourth Michigan Infantry's veterans. In this letter, Henry, who's still working, explains how busy he is, then goes on to acknowledge the passing of a couple of his fellow veterans, Archibald Weir and Joe Stevens. Then Henry tells William "I was glad to know that you were sawing wood, and not spending time building your tombstone". He then goes on, "It is time enough for that, and if you are good, you will get one anyhow of some kind" , (a reference to the government furnished tombstones for civil war veterans).
An interesting insight to the thoughts of Fourth Michigan veteran, Henry Magee, still living his life at that time at age 79.
William Fuller then writes this note on the back of Henry Magee's July 16,1920 letter (see above), and sends it on to William Birge, also of company E, Fourth Michigan Infantry.
Here is it's transcription with punctuation and remarks provided for ease of understanding:
When I look back over the past and see what we passed through, it is a wonder that any of (us) is alive today. At Malvern Hill, Dolph (Private Alfred Dolph, company E) on your left, and on my right fell. James Thompson (Private James Thompson company E), on my left at Fredericksburg. At Camp Falmouth (in Falmouth,Virginia) in our tent, Burnett (Private Chauncey Burnett, company E), Hunt (Private Marion Hunt, company E), Fleming (Private John Fleming, company E), Fiester (Private William Fiester, company E), and myself, I am the only one left. The boys of company E have been passing away fast lately. Do you not get pension now? If you do not, you want to get it. Well one got $50.00 a month. I try to raise what potatoes we want but had to buy some last spring.
This Fourth Michigan veteran's thoughts convey a sense of sadness as he reflects on outliving so many comrades who have gone on before him. Whether they met their fate beside him on the battlefield or in old age at home, they have pressed on to the soldiers final rest. Both war and time have taken their toll on the ranks of the Fourth Michigan Infantry.