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With less than four months until Election Day, Michigan’s top races have largely been defined not by the candidates, but by the millions of dollars being spent by outside groups — much of it coming from shadowy, patriotic-sounding organizations that often mask their donors, if not their political intentions.
And their influence is growing.
Earlier this month, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a watchdog group, said independent groups like Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners, Ending Spending and Senate Majority PAC had spent nearly $14 million so far on TV ads to influence the state’s two biggest races — for governor and an open U.S. Senate seat — which is far more than the candidates themselves have spent to date.
But a Free Press analysis showed overall spending of at least $15.6 million or more when counting amounts spent on other top congressional races, as well. And even that figure is conservative because some outside spending that doesn’t expressly call for someone’s election or defeat often goes unreported.
In 2012, independent spending on the top congressional races in Michigan — not counting spending on the presidential race — was at least $11 million. There was no gubernatorial election that year.
“There’s more out there and we know it,” said Rich Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. “And voters need to understand whose money is driving it because people don’t write five-, six-, seven-figure checks for selfless reasons.”
In some cases, however, voters don’t have that option.
For the full article, see Todd Spangler, "Outsiders' money defines campaigns in Michigan", Detroit Free Press, July 21, 2014
On July 21, 1928, in wild-west stagecoach holdup style, two masked bandits jumped onto an interurban railroad car traveling from Flint to Saginaw-Bay City and, at pistol-point, robbed 19 passengers of $300.
Source: Mich-Again's Day.
On Jan. 9, 1862, Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, was mustered into federal service at Coldwater.
Battery F left the state for Kentucky on March 3, 1862. After months of service in Kentucky, the battery marched across the Cumberland Mountains to Knoxville, Tenn., in January 1864. In May 1864, Battery F joined William T. Sherman's Atlanta campaign. It fought at Resaca and Keenesaw Mountain.
On July 21, 1864, Battery F was credited with being the first Union battery to throw shells into the Confederate stronghold of Atlanta. After the fall of Atlanta, Battery F was sent back to Chattanooga, Tenn., where it remained until being posted to Nashville. Following the mid-December Battle of Nashville, Battery F was sent to North Carolina, where it ended the war. It returned to Jackson, Mich., where it was mustered out of federal service on July 1, 1865.
For a recreation of the bombardment of Atlanta, watch the movie Gone With the Wind.
Michigan History magazine
Civil War Archive, Michigan Regimental Histories
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
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