History of Branch County, Michigan

Table of Contents



I. - Introductory 9
II. Early French Discoveries 10
III. - The Pottawattamies 12
IV. - The Pottawattamies, continued 16
V. - The Pottawattamies, continued 26
VI. - The Treaty-Making Period 32
VII. - The Situation at Settlement 35
VIII. - From Settlement to Organization of County 39
IX. - From Organization to 1840 48
X. - From 1841 to 1861 57
XI. - First Infantry 59
XII. - Seventh Infantry 61
XIII. - Ninth Infantry 63
XIV. - Eleventh Infantry 66
XV. - Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Infantry 71
XVI. - Nineteenth Infantry 73
XVII. - Twenty-Eighth Infantry and First Sharpshooters 77
XVIII. - Fourth and Fifth Cavalry 82
XX. - Battery A, First Light Artillery 85
XXI. - Battery D 90
XXII. - Battery F 91
XXIII. - Battery G 94
XXIV. - Other Branch County Soldiers 96
XXV. - Branch County Since the War 98
XXVI. - The Press of Branch 99
XXVII. - The State Public School 103
XXVIII. - County Societies 107
XXIX. - Branch County Civil List 109
City of Coldwater 113




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The plan of this history of Branch County comprises in the first place a connected, consecutive statement of all the facts of general interest relating to the territory now comprising that County, from the earliest accounts down to the present time, embracing a short description of its natural characteristics, and a pretty full record of the principal events occurring within its limits, or in which its residents have been actors. This portion of the work adheres very closely to the chronological order, and includes the history of the Pottawattamie Indians, the old-time occupants and lords of the Saint Joseph Valley, an account of the treaties by which that valley was transferred to the whites, an out- line sketch of the first settlement of the county, a record of some of the more prominent features of its development, and the ever interesting story of the achievements of the gallant sons of Branch County in the war for the Union. This consecutive account is supplemented by several chapters, the subjects of which cannot well be incorporated in that account; such as sketches of the various county societies, a list of the principal officers, a history of the Stale school, etc., etc. The whole, thus far, covers near a hundred of the first pages of the volume, and constitutes the general history of the county.