STATE OF MICHIGAN SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION OF THE RETURN OF
THE CIVIL WAR VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR BATTLE FLAGS
On July 4th, 1866 Governor Henry Crapo accepted on behalf of the state of Michigan the war-weary, bullet-torn and blood stained flags that our proud Michigan volunteers bore into battle during the recently ended Civil War. On that historic day in the center of the Campus Martius in Detroit, Governor Crapo pledged that the flags “would not be forgotten and their history left unwritten”. Over 70,000 soldiers and citizens attended the event—approximately 7% of the state’s entire population.
On Saturday, July 9, 2016
an incredible commemoration took place on the east steps and front lawn of the State Capitol in Lansing to mark the 150th anniversary of the return of the Civil War battle flags and the 25th anniversary of Save The Flags, a project to preserve and research the collection of battle flags. Please enjoy the images here which were taken by Michigan State Senate Photographer Pattrick Yockey
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Pictures of the Michigan Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Return of the Civil War Volunteers and their Battle Flags
Photos Courtesy of Pattrick Yockey, Michigan State Senate Photographer