Ribbon Badge, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics
Ribbon Badge, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics

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American Civil War ➔ Ribbon Badge, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics

During the American Civil War (1861-1865), soldiers from the same town or region mustered together into units. Men volunteered because they believed in the cause, to receive an enlistment bonus, or to avoid getting drafted. Many already knew each other; while others formed new friendships that would last a lifetime. Families back home followed news from the battlefront of their hometown boys with interest, pride, and sometimes horror. Several groups from the Grand Rapids area played important roles in the Civil War including the First Regiment Michigan Engineers and Mechanics. 

Part of the Army of the Ohio, the First Regiment Michigan Engineers and Mechanics mustered into service in Marshall, Michigan, with quite a few men from Grand Rapids. This group of engineers built railroads, bridges and buildings in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama for the movement of troops and supplies from the North. In 1865 they participated in the siege of Atlanta, destroying Confederate infrastructure. From there the Michigan engineers built roads to facilitate Sherman’s famous march through Georgia to Savannah.

Following the Civil War, the group had reunions, providing medals such as this 1904 medal to their members.
October 5 1904
Silk, Metal
5"" h 3 3/8"" w
Gift of Charles G. Schoenknecht and Ward Paul

Charles G. Schoenknecht

Ward A. Paul

Whitehead And Hoag Company

1st Michigan Engineers And Mechanics
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