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4th Michigan Infantry (#47025829)
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Bio Photo My name is George Wilkinson and I am an avid researcher and historian for the Fourth Michigan Infantry. This was a regiment serving the Union forces in the American Civil War. I maintain a website which provides a great amount of information about the regiment and the men that fought under her flag. I am very interested in collecting actual relics as well as reliable information that relates to the soldiers of the Fourth Michigan Infantry, so please contact me if you have anything that you'd like to share. I can also be of assistance in obtaining military files from the National Archives (for a fee) should you need them for any soldier in this unit.

I would like to thank each and every Find-A-Grave member that have assisted me in re-uniting the men of the Fourth Michigan Infantry together through memorial transfers. My appreciation is also extended to those who have contributed additional information for these memorials resulting in a more accurate tribute to a soldier's life.

Some members have asked why I request the transfer of a memorial rather than suggesting a correction...and that's a very valid question.

If, while managing a soldier's memorial, I am contacted by one of his descendants, not only can I then transfer that memorial to them if they ask, but I can also provide them additional information and resources in order to help them learn more about their ancestor's service in the Civil War. That is one of my primary goals as a Find-A-Grave help other members, historians, genealogists, and most importantly, the descendents of these men, take an interest in the Fourth Michigan Infantry during the Civil War.

Direct descendants and "sincerely interested" members are more than welcome to ask for the transfer of a memorial. I personally believe that "sharing" is the ultimate Find-A-Grave policy, and will always work with those who feel the same.

Please remember, that in reality, we are all "temporary custodians" of these memorials, and "hoarding" them does absolutely nothing to benefit them. Find-A-Graves transfer request policy is a "guideline" not a crutch, so show some compassion to those that ask, while you're still here to answer.

Leave flowers for the soldier who left home for you.

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Pat Harney
RE: Joseph Howard info
You are very welcome! Glad to help.
Added by Pat Harney on Apr 14, 2015 4:50 PM
Karl Stelly
RE: Assistance
Hi George,

Thanks very much. I hope to have better headstone photos for some of the guys of the 4th this summer. I have plans to do a lot of photography at the cemetery this summer. So stay tuned!

Added by Karl Stelly on Apr 08, 2015 10:58 AM
Kathleen Leonard
RE: Transfer of the Silas Leonard memorial
Thank you for the transfer - and I will absolutely leave the military information. Thank you for including it!!
Added by Kathleen Leonard on Mar 18, 2015 6:16 PM
Jeff Taylor
RE: David Taylor of the First Michigan Infantry
Dear Mr. George Wilkinson,
Thank you for the great care you've taken with all the memorials you've created and those of which you've assumed management. Your efforts constitute a beautiful tribute to the endeavors and sacrifice of a bygone generation of american heroes whose memories may have been lost had it not been for you and people like "GulfportBob". Your dedication is admirable. Thank you also for accepting the edit proposal, your military bio and for offering to transfer management of David Taylor's memorial to me. His father, Dennis A. Taylor, is my three times great grandfather, his mother was Harriet Patchen Taylor, his sister was Mary P. Taylor, his brother was Myron R. Taylor and David is my two times great grand uncle. I'm very proud of him and of his service to the Union. On behalf of his parents, his siblings and all those related to him past & present, I would be honored to assume management of his memorial from you. Thanks again for all you do sir.
Yours sincerely and humbly,
Jeff Taylor
Added by Jeff Taylor on Mar 01, 2015 9:24 PM
Donna Ruhland Bonning
John Barrett- 4th Michigan Infantry
Hi George...

I would be very happy to transfer his memorial to you. Your project is wonderful and i would be honored to have my pictures be a part of it.

My 3rd Great Grandfather, Thomas Livingston, was part of the 48th NY Infantry. i wish i knew where he was buried. I hope that John Barrett's descendants will discover him through your work....

Best Wishes,

Donna Bonning

Genesee County, NY
Added by Donna Ruhland Bonning on Feb 16, 2015 9:06 AM
Charles Olds
I would like to thank you for the information and memorial (#117502349). Charles Olds was my 1st cousin 3 times removed. I am a descendent of his Maternal Grandfather George Jenkins.
Again thank you so much!
Added by Bridgett on Feb 15, 2015 6:01 AM
C D Hampton
Dear George,

My name is Jeff Hampton and C D Hampton (Dr. Carlos D. Hampton) #19863642 is my 3rd great grandfather. I am writing to you to ask if you would be willing to transfer his memorial to me? I would also like to further discuss his service in the 4th Michigan Infantry as I know of some additional information and papers of Dr. Carlos Hampton. Please feel free to email me.

Jeff Hampton #47570765
Added by jefhamp13 on Jan 17, 2015 1:33 PM
Farrar and related families
RE: Clinton Farrar
Will do and thank you for your note and your kindness and interest. You are a fine historian.
Added by Farrar and related famili... on Nov 12, 2014 4:21 PM
Andy Gappa
RE: Eugene Vaughn
Any leads on Andrew Jackson Kaiser/Kaizer?

I really like the photo you added to Vaughn's memorial. It's perfect!

If I come across any other 4th Michigan infantrymen, I will definitely transfer them to you. I've given you Mosley Ten Eyck and now Eugene Vaughn--both located in Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago. Where else would you like me to look for your guys? I can get to SW Michigan on occasion. Talk to you soon.
Andy Gappa
Added by Andy Gappa on Nov 03, 2014 8:25 AM
Diane Henson
Henry H Howes
I am a direct descendant of Henry through his son B.L. Howes who is my great grandfather. I would love to know information about Henry and what his rank and service details are and any info concerning him. I am interested in the history part of his service, too. Anything is appreciated.

Added by Diane Henson on Nov 02, 2014 1:06 PM
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