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Company D History

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The historical part of the paper read by Comrade James K. idwdeii at the reunión of Co. D. , 5th Michigan Cavalry at Whitmore Lake was as folJows: Thirty stven years ago the 14th day of August, a cornpany was organized for service in the voluuteer ariny for tbe ïnaintainance of the suprernacy of our nation iu the village of Northville, consisting of fonr commissioned offlcers and 93 enlisted men who took the field. Of these 15 were killed or died of wounds, three died of disease while in the service, six died 111 prison and one after parole from prison, leaving 72 alive at the close of the war. Of those left, 19 had been taken prisoners and remained in prison from 6 to 17 muutns, three were discharged for wounds, and 20 had been less severely wounded and returned for duty. Twenty-three have died siuce the war, leaving 49 yet alive at last accounts, 37 years since enlistmeut, a record that has few if any equals in history. Some of these men stcod throngh 50 engagemeuts and saw as barü seivice as any troops on recoid. Notably on the Feunsylvania campaign in 18ö3 when for the space of 30 days irora the 24th day of June to the 24th day of July every day in the saddle and five nights during that time were either in the saddle or engaged on foot for 24 hours at a time oontinuously having been under fire 15 times again in 1864 from the 5th to the 24th day of May, every day engaged under fire, and in the saddle every day to the 3d day of Jnly without any day of rest and during this time had been in soiue the hardest fought engagements of the war. In the antumn ot 1863 f rom the 12 day of September uutil the 27th day ei November ït was a contiuuous campaign of fight and pieker and the notable engagements were the battles of Brandy Station, Culpepper, Racoon Ford, Summerville Ford, White's Ford, Moiton's Ford, James City, Culpepper and Brandy Station again, Pony Mourrtain, Culpepper and Stevensburg with Stringfellows Ford 13 engagements, and with the usual atteudant losses, more oc less severe. The campaign of 1864 in the Sheuandoah Valley where Jfour ot the corupapy were killed and one died of wounds. Frorn the valley cam paign this company and regiment went into the spring campaign of IHiiö aud werfc in the wind up at the surrender of Lee at Apporuattox, and are fully entitled to says trom before Gettysbuurg to Appornattos. .lust oue thing more. In general reports made by General "Wesley Merntt, the regiment was favorably siiokeu of 14 tiiues, a thiug uuheardof elsewhere that a U. S. army officer holding the rant ol general in command of a división anywhere gave individual credit to any othervoluuteer regiment. It always was spoken of as :he brigade, eutitïed to the credit, but in these cases it was given to the 5th Michigan Cavalry, and in sorue other cases the praise was bestovved as Ooi. Alger's regiment. When sonth a few years ago I met Gen. Fitzhugh Lee at Culpepper and incideutally he spoke of a nnmber of the battles of the '60s. He said there was the Michigan brigade of cavalry that we so oftenjmet that caused thera trouble, and one regiment in particular that seemed to be always ready for a serap that was commanded by a tall, slight built, dark complexioned colonel, that never left the grounds without a fight, and very oftcn they fought disrnounted, aucl when they fcund us on the skirrmsh line we always had more than we wanted and more than we conld displace by auy where near equal force. I went over the flelds of Oulpepper and Brandy Station with some of the oíd confedérate officers and they were as willing to give the credit to us when we were entitled to it as they were o exact it wheu it was due oheru, and spent two as pleasaut days visiting thein as though it had been among my own old conirades.