History of Shawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan

This History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties has been prepared with the intention to make it as complete and accurate as possible; to produce a truthful and exhaustive narrative of events of importance or general interest which have occurred within the present boundaries of these two counties from the period of their occupation by the aborigines down to the present time; to embody all obtainable facts, but to exclude from the narrative everything of doubtful authenticity, confining it as closely as practicable to the limits of Shiawassee and Clinton, and referring to no outside matters except such as could not properly be omitted because of their close connection with the history of the region which is especially under notice.

The work is divided into three parts. The first part, embracing twenty chapters, is devoted to matters common to both counties, viz., a short account of the occupation of their territory by the native Indians as far back as tradition reaches; the operations of white traders among the red men through all this region ; the several Indian cessions of land covering the territory now forming Shiawassee and Clinton ; internal improvements, including a mention of Territorial roads, State roads, and railways traversing the two counties, and of the several projects formed in early years for improving the navigation of the Shiawassee, Maple, and Looking-Glass Rivers; military history, principally referring to the services performed in the war of the Rebellion by a large number of Michigan regiments, all or nearly all of which contained soldiers from both Clinton and Shiawassee Counties. Next after these general chapters is given a separate history of Shiawassee County, its cities, Owosso and Corunna, and each of its townships ; and this part is followed by a similar separate history of Clinton County, its principal village, and the several towns.


Table of Contents.

History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties

I. Indian History of the two Counties 9

II. Indian Treaties and Cessions of Lands, and Indian Emigration 17

III. Internal Improvements 23

IV. Military Record 39

V. Third Infantry 43

VI. Fifth Infantry 45

VII. Eighth Infantry 53

VIII. Ninth Infantry 60

IX. Tenth Infantry 63

X. Fourteenth Infantry 68

XI. Twenty-third Infantry 75

XII. Twenty-seventh Infantry 85

XIII. Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Infantry and First Engineers and Mechanics 83

XIV. First and Second Cavalry 93

XV. Third Cavalry 97

XVI. Fourth Cavalry 99

XVII. Fifth Cavalry 102

XVIII. Sixth Cavalry 106

XIX. Tenth Cavalry 108

XX. Other Soldiers from Shiawassee and Clinton Counties 111




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Recruiting for the Twenty-seventh Regiment was commenced in 1862, and its first rendezvous was established at Port Huron. Another regiment, to be designated as the Twenty-eight, was commenced not long afterwards; with a rendezvous at Ypsilanti. Both these filled very slowly, and the exigencies of the service demanded their consolidation. An order was accordingly issued, directing the nucleus at Port Huron to break camp and proceed to the rendezvous of the Twenty-eighth at Ypsilanti, where the two commands were consolidated at the Twenty-seventh Infantry, under command of Col. Dorus M. Fox. The other field-officers of the regiment were Lieut. Col. John H. Richardson and Major William B. Wright.