It was also known as Detroit and Wayne County Regiment, being raised almost exclusively in the county of Wayne, with its rendezvous at Detroit, recuring beginning 7/26, and being mustered in, 8/15/1862. It served in the Army of the Potomac, and was assigned to the famous Iron Brigade. They first saw the elephant at Fredericksburg, Virginia. in mid 12/1862. 493 men marched to Gettysburg, and by the end of the first day's battle fewer than 100 men, were left, an 80% casualty rate. The Regiment played an important role in Grant's 1864 campaign, and was engaged and losted heavily at Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Petersburg. In spring of 1865, it was separated from the Iron Brigade, and assigned to duty at Camp Butler, Illinois. The regiment was part of the honor guard at Lincoln's Funeral, May 1865. A month later, the regiment returned to Detroit with a warm welcome. It was mustered out 6/30/1865. The Regimental Association was formed 1868 and held annual meetings on or around Dec. 13th, the anniversary of Fredericksburg. Before leaving for the front, a flag was given to them, by Messrs. F. Buhl. It was red, white & blue, in stars of raised work, inscribed on the flag, "24th Michigan Infantry." The flag was carried through all of the battles, up to Gettysburg, where, 4 color-bearers were killed and three wounded, trying to uphold and save it. Being so torn and tattered, it was unfit for service and returned to the State. (bio by: Helen L. Smith Hoke)
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Originally Created by: Helen L. Smith Hoke
Record added: Apr 20, 2004
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