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Bygones of Monroe:

“A Stonewall Regiment”

The New York Post in the following paragraph pays the 17th Michigan a very handsome compliment.  As a large number of the 17th were recruited in Monroe County, and its Lieutenant Colonel is a resident of this City, our people may feel a just pride in its valorous conduct.  The Post says;

One of the new regiments from Michigan, during one of the battles in Maryland, after fighting like veterans fell short of ammunition.  Instead of hunting over the field for a proper officer to write them an order for a new supply, as has been always the case heretofore in the Army of the Potomac, they coolly marched to the Army wagons, and replenished their cartridge boxes, and upon returning to the strife, they charged over a stone wall, upon Drayton’s South Carolina brigade, which they about annihilated. The Seventeenth Michigan is the “Stonewall” regiment, and the South Carolinians will long remember with grief those “raw recruits from country towns.”

(Monroe Commercial, September 25, 1862, Page 3, Column 1)

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