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On this day Gen. Wm. Rufus “Pecos Bill” Shafter of Galesburg, the hero of Santiago, was welcomed back to Kalamazoo by a huge crowd, marching bands, and a parade. In 1898 he led American troops to Cuba during the Spanish-American War, in which he commanded the largest force of United States troops that had left American soil up to that time.
Shafter was born in Galesburg, Michigan on October 16, 1835. He worked as a teacher and farmer in the years preceding the Civil War.
Shafter served as a 1st lieutenant the Union Army's 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment at the battles of Ball's Bluff and Fair Oaks. He was wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks and later received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle. He led a charge on the first day of the battle and was wounded towards the close of that day's fighting. In order to stay with his regiment he concealed his wounds, fighting on the second day of the battle. On August 22, 1862 he was mustered out of the volunteer service but returned to the field as major in the 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was captured at the Battle of Thompson's Station and spent 3 months in a Confederate prison. In April 1864 after his release he was appointed colonel of the 17th Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops and led the regiment at the Battle of Nashville.
By the end of the war, he had been promoted to brevet brigadier general of volunteers. He stayed in the regular army when the war ended. During his subsequent service in the Indian Wars, he received his nickname "Pecos Bill". He led the 24th Infantry, another United States Colored Troops regiment, in campaigns against the Cheyenne, Comanche, Kickapoo and Kiowa Indians in Texas. While commander of Fort Davis, he started a controversial court-martial of second lieutenant Henry Flipper, the first black cadet to graduate from West Point. In May 1897 he was appointed as a brigadier general.
Just before the outbreak of the Spanish–American War, Shafter was commander of the Department of California. Shafter was an unlikely candidate for command of the expedition to Cuba. He was aged 63,weighed over 300 pounds and suffered from gout. Nevertheless he received a promotion to Major General of Volunteers and command of the Fifth Army Corps being assembled in Tampa, Florida. One possible reason for his being given this command was his lack of political ambitions.
Shafter appeared to maintain a very loose control over the expedition to Cuba from the beginning, commencing with a very disorganized landing at Daiquiri on the southern coast of Cuba. Due to his weight and the heat he was unable to reconnoiter the front lines during the various operations. Fortunately, his officers were able to carry the day and despite misgivings, Santiago eventually surrendered.
Source : wikipedia entry.
State, Seeking Injunction Against HP, Warns Of ExpressSOS Problems
The move by Hewlett Packard to pull its employees from the now cancelled Business Application Modernization project for the Department of State prior to a transition period will cause the number of people unable to use the popular ExpressSOS online system "to rise considerably beginning as soon as January of 2016," according to an independent contractor hired by the state.
Debate Rages On Over Anesthesiology Bill In Senate
A bill that would modify the scope of practice of certified nurse anesthetists still is not formally on an agenda in the Senate Health Policy Committee, yet Monday, proponents of the bill spoke out against recent "attacks" about the implications of the bill and urged its passage.
Schuette Book: Important Lessons Are Family, Humility, Forgiveness
In a book that ranges across lessons from football greats, politicians and business leaders, Attorney General Bill Schuette said Monday the most important lessons he has learned were to make time for his family, to be humble and to forgive.
Courser, Gamrat Mostly Quiet After Former Staffers File Suit
Former Reps. Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser now will face a lawsuit for wrongful termination from their former employees as they continue to attempt to win back the House districts they vacated, and neither commented Monday.
State Police Beginning Security Review After Virginia Vehicle Hack Test
Catching the bad guys can be difficult enough, but recent tests by the Virginia State Police showed high-tech bad guys could make the effort even more difficult.
Courser, Gamrat Emails Warn Against GLEP Mailers
In separate emails from former Reps. Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser - who are both running for re-election in the seats from which she was expelled and he resigned to spawn the special elections - they warn potential voters against the Great Lakes Education Project, which has endorsed competing candidates in both districts.
State: Sales Tax Can Be Applied To Delivery, Installation
Sales tax can be added to items that are delivered and installed, the state said in a revenue administration bulletin, but adding tax depends on when ownership of the property actually converts from the merchant to the purchasers.
Freedom Fund Calls for Sanctions on Tinsley-Talabi
In light of recent court documents alleging Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talabi accepted bribes while on the Detroit pension management board, the Michigan Freedom Fund said Monday House Minority Leader Tim Greimel should request she be stripped of her committee assignments.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Monday it had confirmed the presence of Swede midge, the larvae of which can kill or deform cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other crucifers. The flies were found on farms in Sanilac County. Officials were not certain how the pest came to the state, but, given its weak flight abilities, expect it was carried. The insects are native to Europe and southwest Asia and were first discovered in North America in Ontario in 2000.
Natural Gas Price Comparisons
The Public Service Commission on Monday unveiled a natural gas price comparison website to help customer make informed decisions when choosing a provider. The website includes the prices currently charged by all alternative gas suppliers actively marketing or enrolling customers in Michigan, as well as the basic terms and conditions of their offers. It also features the current gas cost recovery factor price charged by regulated natural gas utilities that offer natural gas choice in their territories: DTE Gas Company, Consumers Energy, SEMCO Energy Gas Company and Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 197, October 5, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
Michigan men who worked full time and year-round in 2013 had a median income of $50,157, according to U.S. Census data released last month.
That's $12,738 more than the median wages of $37,419 for Michigan's full-time female workers.
What makes the gap particularly surprising: Michigan women are slightly more likely to have graduated high school and/or college, the data shows.
The latest data release for the Census Bureau's American Community Survey offers some insight into the gender wage pay.
For the full article, see Julie Mack, "9 facts about the differences in pay between men and women in Michigan", MLive, October 5, 2015.
Also see Julie Mack, "See the wage gap for men and women in your Michigan county", MLive, October 5, 2015.
Don’t look now. But cameras are filming all over Michigan university campuses.
The devices are recording the movements of students, professors and others in public spaces for safety reasons, but also are leading to concerns about privacy.
Most of the state’s 15 public universities have amassed surveillance systems in recent years that include hundreds of cameras across campus. They’re inside sporting facilities, classroom buildings and common areas of dorms.
Put another way, there is one camera for every 28 students at Central Michigan University, and one camera for every 26 students at Western Michigan University.
For the full article, see Kim Kozlowski, "Michigan universities see cameras as crime fighters", The Detroit News, October 5, 2015.
Far too often these days, political debate devolves into exaggerations, misrepresentations, outright lies and “attacks” that make good “sound bites” but sacrifice truth and facts. A perfect example is the current lobbying effort by segments of the physician community to try to stop the state Legislature from passing Senate Bill 320.
SB 320 is sponsored by a bipartisan group of some of the most respected Republicans and Democrats in the Michigan Legislature. It is supported by many physicians and surgeons, hospital administrators, public health experts and many others. Senate Bill 320 would update Michigan’s old and outdated law that regulates how anesthesia is delivered to patients who have surgical procedures in our state’s hospitals and other healthcare settings.
For the full article, see Howie Drews and Timothy Johnson, "Lobbying gone awry in Lansing", Detroit News, October 5, 2015.
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