Diary of Orrin Brown, Jackson, Michigan
It is a little cooler this morning I wrote a letter to Lant this morning we left the barracks for Jackson about Noon arriving there about 4PM we cheered for Old Abe all the way and were as noisy about it as we know how to be we were marched around camp a little and were left at Barracks No.12 Camp Draft found the boys there all right we got supper and went to bed we had some straw in the bunks.
More than 90,000 men from Michigan served in the Civil War, including George Armstrong Custer who grew up in Monroe, Michigan, between Detroit and Toledo, Ohio. Custer entered the US Military Academy at West Point in 1858, and was graduated a year early after outbreak of the War, last in his class of 34 cadets. While there were many boys in blue from the Great Lake State, Custer rose the highest and fell the farthest I would say.