Lansing event Saturday will commemorate MI Civil War flags

Jul 8, 2016

Michigan will mark the return of Civil War volunteers and battle flags to Michigan with events at the state capitol on Saturday. Current State's Scott Pohl looks at the history behind those battle flags with Dave Downing of Save the Flags.

On the 4th of July in 1866, Gov. Henry Crapo was in Detroit’s Campus Martius to accept the battle flags of Michigan’s Civil War volunteers. The event drew 70,000 people, an astounding seven percent of the state’s population at the time.

The 150th anniversary of that event will be marked at the state capital on Saturday.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Dave Downing of Save the Flags, a 25-year-old organization that works to preserve those Civil War battle flags.