DeCamp enlists as Regimental surgeon at Grand Rapids 9/12/1861 at age 36. He serves a 3 year enlistment leaving service 10/26/1864.;Handwritten in pencil "Dr. William DeCamp.";Born in New York, William DeCamp graduated from Medical College in Geneva, NY in 1847. He became a prominent Grand Rapids pharmacist and physician, and a founding member of the Grand Rapids Medical and Surgical Society as well as the Grand Rapids Lyceum of Natural History (predecessor of the Grand Rapids Public Museum). At age 36, he volunteered as surgeon for the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics. Following the War, he became president of the Michigan State Medical Society, and pursued his love of science, becoming an expert and author on Michigan geology and mollusks.
Thank God for Michigan: Stories from the Civil War (June 6 2011 – March 29 2015) Thank God for Michigan was an exhibition developed by the GRPM to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The exhibit featured over 150 artifacts from the GRPM's collection and told the story of the Civil War through the lens of soldiers and civilians from Michigan.