African-Americans fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Before the Civil War was over 180,000 Black soldiers fought with the Union, and another 10,000 served in the US Navy. African American's played a heroic and largely unknown struggle for freedom in the "War between the States." Black soldiers received one-half the pay rate of White soldiers.
Jim Guy fought in the War of 1812
James Guy, assignee of Mary Robinson, widow of Simon Robinson, Private served as Simon Robertson, Captain Thorp's Company, 35 Regiment, USbazelnorman.jpg Infantry, War of 1812.
Elijah H. Guy (March 11, 1840 – February 3, 1870) was born on a farm in Meigs Township, Muskingum County, Ohio. On August 31, 1864 Elijah and his brother Benjamin F. Guy age 27, enlisted as Privates in Co. 1, 102nd USCT Volunteer Infantry in Grand Rapids. During the one-year he served, Elijah contracted consumption and rheumatic fever. Elijah and Benjamin were both mustered out on September 10, 1865 at Charleston, SC. They were paid and discharged in Detroit on October 17, 1865.
- Civil War re-enactors
- Benjamin F. Guy Headstone
- Jesse Lasorda Organizer
- Our Fallen Heroes Monument
June 10, 2006 Headstone Dedication Ceremony - Mt. Hope Cemetery - Lansing, MI - Jessie LaSorda - Organizer
Pvt. Elijah H. Guy was born the fifth child of Lloyd and Margaret Guy on March 11, 1840 on a farm in Meigs Township, Muskingum County, Ohio; a free man. Pvt. Elijah H. Guy's Dedication Ceremony. 102nd United States Colored Troops. Co. 1 - Headstone Dedication Service - Maple Ridge Cemetery - Vickeryville, MI September 17, 2005. Presented by: The General John A. Logan Camp No. 1 - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Champlain Corps No. 41 - Woman's Relief Corps & - Eva Gray Tent No. 2, Daughters of Union Veterans.
- The Daughters of Union Veterans of Civil War 1861 - 1865 Sarah M. W. Sterling Tent No. 3 Detroit, Michigan
- Bruce B. Butgereit - SUVCW Memorials Officer Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1
- Eva Gray Tent No. 2, Daughters of Union Veterans Grand Rapids, MI
- American Legion Post 380 - Carson City, Michigan
- American Legion Post 380 - Carson City, Michigan
- Bruce B. Butgereit - SUVCW Memorials Officer Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1 Wenda Fore DUVCW Chaplain, Eva Gray Tent No. 2
- On behalf of Mrs. Peggy Sawyer-Williams Great Grand Niece of Elijah, We thank you for your attendance today in helping her honor her ancestor and one of the boys who wore the blue.
- Sons of Union Veterans of The Civil War Camp No. 1 - Grand Rapids, MI
- Dan Herald - Mayor of Carson City, MI
- Elijah H. Guy Direct Descendants Max Sawyer Worthy Sawyer, Ione-Sawyer Todd Peggy Sawyer-Williams Marsha Todd-Stewart, Diana Todd-Green
At age 22, he married Rebecca H. Norman on October 31, 1862. In 1862 Elijah purchased a 40 acre farm in Bushnell Twp., Montcalm County, from his oldest brother Moses. His parents and siblings had moved from Ohio to Sodus Twp., Berrien County, Michigan in the late 1850's. They later purchased several acres of farmland in Bushnell in 1862 and became the first Black family in the area.
Elijah and Rebecca's only son Clifford was born August 5, 1863. On August 31, 1864 Elijah and his brother Benjamin F. Guy age 27, enlisted as Privates in Co. 1, 102nd USCT Volunteer Infantry in Grand Rapids. During the one-year he served, Elijah contracted consumption and rheumatic fever. Elijah and Benjamin were both mustered out on September 10, 1865 at Charleston, SC. they were paid and discharged in Detroit on October 17, 1865. After his discharge, Elijah returned home to his family and continued farming for the next five years. Due to conditions he suffered in the war his health failed; he died on February 3, 1870 at the age of 29 years and 23 days.
On June 22, 1863, at the age of 37, Thomas Cross enlisted into the Army in Athens, OH. He spent three years with the Wager Co. 5 Reg. US Colored Infantry of the Civil War. He served with the Ambulance Detail in Virginia and the Carolinas. He mustered out of the Army on September 20, 1865, and returned to Ohio.
Samuel Lett’s (1839 – 1903) parents were Elijah Lett and Susan Stevens. Samuel was born in Morgan County, Ohio, and later served in the Civil War, enlisting from Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 31, 1864. Samuel served in Company G, 102nd USCT. He mustered out in Charleston, SC September 30, 1865.
- Samuel Lett Gravestone - Bloomer Township Cemetery Carson City, Montcalm County, Michigan
- Victor LsRue Lett - Grandson of Samuel Lett
- Great Grand Children: Marvin Lett, Jeanetta Lett-Wells, Freddie Lett Phyllis Lett-Sherrill & Victor Lett - Grandson
- Welcome - Bill Truss - SUVCW
- Bill Truss - SUVCW & Marcia Butgereit - WRC - Champlain
- Bruce B. Butgereit - Firing Party - Rendering of Military Salute
- Front: Betty and Sue Ann Norman Back: Ada Lett-Todd Patricia Guy-Burns, Carol Norman, Diana Todd-Green
- Gertrude Guy-Smith, Helen Johnson-Morgan, Joyce Williams Gene Cross, Kenneth Jones, Carol & Arlo Guy
- Janice Lett, Jeanetta Lett-Wells, Marvin Lett, Victor Lett Phyllis Lett-Sherrill, Freddie Lett
- General John A. Logan Camp #1 (SUV), American Legion Post 380 Marcia Butgereit (WRC)
- Marcia Butgereit, Denny Mumford, Bennie Brown
- General John A Logan Camp #1 (SUV), American Legion Post 380 Daughters of Union Veterans (DUV) Eva Gray Tent #2, Grand Rapids & Sarah M. W. Sterling Tent #3, Detroit
- Ione Sawyer-Todd (3rd Cousin to Samuel Lett) , Wesley Smith Diana Green, Peggy Sawyer-Williams (3rd Cousin to Samuel Lett) Walter Mayes
- Wesley Smith, Diana Todd-Green, Walter Mayes Peggy Sawyer-Williams
The General John A. Logan Camp No. 1
Sons of Union Veterans of The Civil War - With Assistance from: Champlin Corps No. 41
Woman's Relief Corps & Eva Gray Tent No. 2
Daughters of Union Veterans
Aquilla Lett (Jan 12, 1829 - Feb 20, 1903) was a volunteer in the Union Army, 1864-1865 in the 13th Michigan Infantry.
Horace Norman was born in Ohio in 1843 and died in the Civil War on April 24, 1865. He was in Co. D, 5th, USCT, corporal and is buried in Hampton, VA, interred in the National Cemetery, Row 8, Section F, Grave No. 44. He was appointed corporal October 1, 1863. His brother William shown above also served in the 5th Regiment.
Elisha Reed enlisted in the army on January 30, 1865, and was discharged in New York City, September 9, 1865. He was born in Canada.
John Nelson enlisted in the US Army in March 1865. He was inducted at Lockport, NY, USCT, Co. C and sent to Massachusetts. He was discharged at Wilmington, NC in April 1865 for medical reasons.
Stephen Todd was born in 1826 and enlisted in the US Army on September 22, 1862. He was 38 years old and served in the 8th Regiment, US Colored Infantry as a substitute for Andrew J. Huff of Washington Township, Marion County, IN. Stephen enlisted for three years was mustered out May 19, 1865 in Indianapolis, IN.
Old Settlers and sons of Michigan Pioneers who served in the Civil War. Among them were: Thomas W. Cross, Louis Gross, Benjamin F. Guy, Elijah Guy, Ezekiel Harris, Isaac Cook, Eldridge Flowers, Harrison Harding, Thomas Harris, Jr., Charles Lett, Samuel Lett, John Nelson, Grandison Norman, Horace Norman, William Norman, Henry Thompson, James Porter, Elisha Reed, Rev. Mortimer and Stephen Todd. If there are accounts of their enlistment, it is outlined here.
Other Old Settlers who served in the Civil War
Cook, Isaac - (Spent 5 months in the notorious Anderson Prison) - 83rd Infantry OH Sept. 1862
Flowers, Eldridge - Blinded by gunpowder - 5th Regiment Mustered in Nov. 1863
Gross, Louis - 108th Infantry Aug. 1862
81St Regiment OH Mustered in Nov. 1863
Harris, Thomas, Jr. - 5th Regiment Mustered in Nov. 1863
Harris, Ezekiel - 102nd Regiment
Lett, Charles - 5th Regiment Mustered in Nov. 1863
Porter, James - 109th USCT Infantry
Thompson, Henry - 5th Regiment Mustered in Nov. 1863