Bygones of Monroe:
Marching of the First Michigan Regiment
The first Regiment of Michigan volunteers, under Col. Wilcox, which was quartered at Fort Wayne, received orders on Sunday last, to march ‘forthwith’ to the National capital, via Baltimore. Their uniforms and equipments, with the exception of knapsacks, were ready. The knapsacks were completed on Monday, and on Monday evening the regiment embarked on the steamer May Queen and one of the Western Transportation Company’s propellers, for Cleveland, whence they were to go by rail via Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. The artillery company attached to the regiment did not leave, as they had not been furnished with some of the necessary accoutrement.
Michigan is at last represented among the many good men and true who have so noble responded to the call of their country to uphold the laws and put down the most unholy and infamous rebellion ever engaged in by man. That they will give a good account of themselves, we have no fears.
Monroe, as well as many other places in the State who have sent their cherished sons on this mission of love to their country, has a representative in the First Regiment, in the person of a son of Judge I.P. Christiancy, who is a private in the Hussars, under command of Capt. Horrace S. Roberts.
(Monroe Commercial, May 16, 1861, Page 2, Column 1 & 2)