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On July 21, 1861, the First Michigan Infantry Regiment lost 6 men in the first major land battle of the American Civil War. Union and Confederate armies clashed near Manassas Junction, Virginia, Known as the First Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas), the engagement began when about 35,000 Union troops marched from the federal capital in Washington, D.C. to strike a Confederate force of 20,000 along ...a small river known as Bull Run. After fighting on the defensive for most of the day, the rebels rallied and were able to break the Union right flank, sending the Federals into a chaotic retreat towards Washington. The Confederate victory gave the South a surge of confidence and shocked many in the North, who realized the war would not be won as easily as they had hoped.
Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page
The First Michigan Infantry was led by Colonel Orlando Willcox, who was wounded and captured by the Confederate forces. A year later he was released and rejoined the Union Army. "What's really wonderful about Orlando Willcox, at least in recent years, is that his memoirs and journals and his Civil War letters, the letters obviously written during the war, the journals written during the war, and then the memoirs after the war, kind of after he passed away in 1907, were in a trunk that was only discovered in the 1990s. They have since been edited and been published by Kent State University Press. It's in a publication entitled "Forgotten Valor," which is a really good look at what it was like to be a Civil War officer, and a number of the commands at a number of the fields of battle, during the war." Willcox received a Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts during the Battle of Bull Run in the 1890s, a rare feat for a General.
For another article, see Scott Pohl, "MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: First Battle of Bull Run", WKAR News, July 21, 2011.
In June, 1763, in an attempt to lift the siege of Detroit by Chief Pontiac and his Indian allies, Captain James Dalyell sailed up the Detroit River to Fort Detroit. The Indians lacked naval vessels to block water access to the fort. Once in Detroit, Captain Dalyell decided to attack an Indian encampment about two miles north of the fort in what is now Elmwood Cemetery — close to the present day intersection of East Jefferson and Mt. Elliott. Under cover of darkness on the morning of July 21, 1763, Captain Dalyell led 247 men to attack Pontiac’s forces. However, Pontiac had been alerted, perhaps by French settlers allied with the Indians. When the British came off a small bridge spanning Parent Creek , they were surrounded and attacked by Indians. It was a one-sided massacre. Captain Dalyell and quite a few of the British were killed. Indeed, there was so much carnage that Parent Creek was said to have become red from all the British blood that flowed into it; hence the name—Battle of Bloody Run. I have seen publications that say as few as 60 British soldier made it back to Fort Detroit after the carnage, but other reports suggest as few as 19 British troops were killed. The British recognized this was a major defeat with a substantial loss of British troops. Pontiac continued his siege of Fort Detroit throughout the summer and fall of 1763.
Source : Military Detroit website
John Schneider, "A law for what should go without saying: Don’t leave kids in cars" : Why is it so hard for some parents to learn that a parked car is not a short-term daycare center?
Rich Robinson, "An election cycle conjures the ghost of Curly Howard" : So-called “dark money” is pouring into Michigan’s elections, effectively nationalizing the state’s most important contests.
Lake Superior Day, organized by the Lake Superior Binational Forum, is celebrated the third Sunday of July. This year, the festivities honoring the lake that contains 10% of the planet's fresh water, are July 21.
Lake Superior is so big -- an estimated 31,700 square miles -- it could hold all of the water from the other four Great Lakes, plus three additional lakes the size of Lake Erie. The shoreline is 1,826 miles, or the distance from Benton Harbor to Las Vegas. The lake's deepest point is 1,332 feet.
For more information visit http://www.superiorforum.org/outreach/lake-superior-day .
Source : Zlati Meyer, "You haven't lived here until....", Detroit Free Press, July 8, 2012.
Not to generalize, but a fair number of country music songs are written about good times spent in the summertime sun, drinking and partying with friends.
In that sense, Faster Horses is just like a country song. The three-day country music festival wrapped up its second year of friends, fun and sun at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn Sunday and further established itself as one of the top new events on Michigan’s summer concert calendar.
Organizers say 25,000 fans took part in the festival, and the talk among many is about planning their return trip for next year’s festival.
Faster Horses founder Brian O’Connell is already thinking about next year’s festival as well. The improvements he made this year were a resounding success: more entrances to the grounds (from one main entrance to three), more activities for fans (including a Wiffle ball tournament and a Ferris wheel that lit up and became a focal point of the fest at nighttime), and a better flow for foot traffic on the festival grounds. O’Connell says he’s happy with the festival and where it’s headed.
For the full article, see Adam Graham, "Faster Horses festival rides to strong finish", Detroit News, July 20, 2014.
For another see Zeke Jennings, "Faster Horses Festival: What's up with the name?", MLive, July 16, 2014.
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