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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library (734) 241-7878
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Ellis Library & Reference Center (734) 241-5277
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library (734) 289-1035
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
L.S. Navarre Branch Library (734) 241-5577
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Rasey Memorial Branch Library (734) 848-4572
Robert A. Vivian Branch Library (734)241-1430
Senior Outreach (734) 241-5770
South Rockwood Branch Library (734) 379-3333
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library (734) 279-1025
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
5676 Carleton Rockwood Road S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 749-7485
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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Michigan’s 1st Colored Infantry

       In April of 1861, Michigan answered President Lincoln’s call for troops and through the course of the Civil War filled over thirty infantry units with Michigan men.  There was a segment of the population, although willing to fight, not allowed to enlist at the initial call for men.  African-Americans from Michigan and from around the country were prevented from joining the ranks of the citizen soldier until the war seemed to drag into a long and desperate fight.  It has been recorded, that these Michigan men were very willing to take up the nation’s cause.  Their part in history is recorded in the Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission’s, Negroes in Michigan during the Civil War, published in 1966.  This small book delves into Michigan’s strong antislavery sentiments, the history of the African-American population in Michigan and their involvement as Civil War soldiers.  

 

    Most people assume that the enlistment of African–American men was enacted after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in January of 1863 but the first black enlistment system actually began the summer of 1862 under the authorization of the U.S. Congress. President Lincoln assumed that the enlistment of African-Americans would strengthen Union forces and weaken the Confederate cause.   Finally, in July of 1863, the Secretary of War authorized Michigan Governor Austin Blair to organize the 1st Michigan Colored Infantry.  This unit was later known as the 102nd U. S Colored Infantry.  Over 1600 Michigan men enlisted and they were mustered in on February 17, 1864.  The 102nd U.S. Colored Infantry fought in South Carolina, Eastern Georgia and Florida.  Approximately twenty-five men from Monroe County enlisted in the 102nd.  Many were substitutes and little has been documented on these men.

 

    Dr. James DeVries did extensive research on one of the Monroe soldiers of the 102nd in his book Race and Kinship in a Midwestern Town.  This book includes the history of the Aaron Bromley family of Monroe.  Bromley was an escaped slave which made it to Monroe from a plantation near Florence, Alabama.  DeVries suggests that Bromley learned about Monroe through its own Mulligan Regiment (part of the 15th Michigan) while fighting during the Battle of Shiloh.  In August of 1864, Bromley enlisted as a substitute for John L. C. Godfroy.  He joined the 1st Michigan Colored Infantry in Detroit and was assigned to Company C of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops.  He met his unit at Beaufort, South Carolina.  Bromley, like many soldiers during the Civil War, contracted a disease while in the field.  In May of 1865, he was discharged due to erysipelas, an acute skin disease, and rheumatism.  This illness affected him the rest of his life.

 

     At the time of the Civil War, Monroe’s African- American population was small and as Devries’ book points out, was part of a familial population.  As with their white counterparts, many family groups enlisted and fought together.  DeVries concluded that at least four of the twenty-five soldiers listed for Monroe are related.  Aaron Bromley’s brother-in-law, Noel Cox, was a member of the 102nd but enlisted under the alias of John Williams.  George Fox and Joseph Wickliffe were his cousins. 

These books offer insight into the role of African- American soldiers in the Civil War:

Uncommon Valor: A Story of Race, Patriotism and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War by Melvin Claxton and Mark Puls
Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865 by Noah Andre Trudeau
A Grand Army of Black Men: Letters from African-American Soldiers in the Union Army edited by Edwin S. Redkey

 

The Monroe County Library System offers more ways to learn about the Civil War through these programs:

Paging through the Civil War Book Club – This is a book club that focuses on the American Civil War.  We are currently reading Embattled Rebel by James M. McPherson.  We will meet to discuss the book on Thursday, March 31 at 7 pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center. For more information please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277 or email charmaine.wawrzyniec@monroe.lib.mi.us.

The Monroe County Civil War Round Table, sponsored by the Friends of Ellis Library, meets the second Thursday of every month from September through May at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  Each month a different speaker is invited to share his or her knowledge of specific Civil War topics.  Join us on Thursday, February 11, when Mr. William Cottrell gives his talk: President Grant Honors Lincoln's Legacy.  All talks are free and open to the public.  For more information please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277 or email charmaine.wawrzyniec@monroe.lib.mi.us.