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Authors tell story of Michigan’s role at Antietam

The Civil War battle at Antietam has been described as “America’s Bloodiest Day.” Authors Jack Dempsey and Brian James Egen have written the story of the role played by soldiers and civilians from our state in “Michigan at Antietam.”

Of all the notable battles of the Civil War, none can match the carnage of Antietam. Soldiers and civilians from Michigan played crucial roles in the battle linked by history to President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation soon after.

Scott Pohl speaks with Jack Dempsey of the Michigan Historical Commission. He’s led us on several tours of historic sites in Detroit for Current State. He’s written “Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day” with co-author Brian James Egen.

Dempsey and Egen want more than for this story to be told; they’re working on the erection of a monument to Michigan’s contribution to the Battle of Antietam.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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