Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall and Museum (MHM) in Eaton Rapids will sponsor a free Civil War history seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The seminar will take place at the hall and museum located at 224 S. Main St. in Eaton Rapids. The topic of the presentation will be “Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army – Stories of Native Americans who fought in the Civil War.”
The presenter will be Quita Shier, a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and a resident of Michigan. Shier has a lifelong interest in Native American culture. She taught a course about Michigan Native American history and culture at Delta College, University Center, and is a frequent guest speaker. She is experienced in archival and family genealogical research and is a member of the National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865.
A comprehensive profile study will be provided of the officers and enlisted Native American soldiers in Company K, First Michigan Sharpshooters, who served in the Civil War from 1863 to 1865. The profiles include information taken from military service records, medical files, biographical and family data extracted from pension files and personal interviews with some of the soldiers’ descendants.
There is no charge for admission, and refreshments will be served. Copies of Shier’s book, Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army, will be available for sale. For more information about the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum, visit garmuseum.weebly.com or its Facebook page at GARBrainerdPost111MemorialHallAndMuseum.
Article submitted by GAR MHM.