Father Abraham's Children: Michigan Episodes in the Civil War

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Wayne State University Press, 1961 - History - 320 pages
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Father Abraham's Children was first published in 1961, the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. This volume is a collection of anecdotes and legends, a retelling of stories and reminiscences culled from a wide variety of written sources and from personal interviews with Civil War veterans.

Among the episodes recounted with a wealth of colorful detail are: Michigan's participation

in the Underground Railroad; the strange tale of Sarah Emma Edmonds, alias Private Franklin Thompson; the ill-fated strategy that led to the slaughter at the Crater; an odyssey of escape from Danville and from Libby Prison; the bizarre plot of the Confederates to capture a Federal sloop-of-war on Lake Erie; the Michigan Cavalry Brigade's exploits under the picturesque George Custer; the chance encounter with a Michigan soldier that brought death to the gallant Jeb Stuart; impressions and description of camp life and the ordinary routine of a soldier from the diary of Private Frank Lane; the disaster of the First Michigan at Bull Run; the story of Michigan's medical services and the origin of Harper Hospital; the Detroit Riot of 1863; and the nightmare explosion of the steamer Sultana with a death toll of over 1,200 soldiers on their way home from Confederate prisons.

 

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Contents

Foreword to the Great Lakes Books Edition by Arthur M Woodford vii
Freedom Train 7
ii
Reveille in Michigan 17
19
Thank God for Michigan
25
The Ordeal of Colonel Willcox
37
A General Wins His Spurs
53
March Terror
63
Private Lanes War
71
The Cruise of the Philo Parsons
137
Escape by Night
149
The Roundhead and the Cavalier
167
Out of Rat Hell
177
Death in the Crater
191
To Bind up the Nations Wounds
201
Boat Ride on the Styx
215
The Great Manhunt
229

The Road to Gettysburg
91
Rendezvous at Armageddon
101
Sabers at Rummels Farm
113
Lady of the Regiment
127
The Last Man
245
Appendix
249
Index
307
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Frank B. Woodford (1903-1967) was chief editorial writer for the Detroit Free Press. At the time of his death, he was serving as City Historiographer of the City of Detroit.

Arthur M. Woodford is the son of Frank Woodford and co-authored with his father All Our Yesterdays (Wayne State University Press, 1969). He is the director of St.Clair Shores Public Library.

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