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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
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Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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Monroe Men in the Civil War

Monroe’s diverse history includes an active role in supporting the Union during the Civil War.  Learn more about the people and places of our county from 1861-1865.

Civil War Soldiers - In 1915, during the dedication of the Monroe Custer Statue, the Record Commercial newspaper reported that Monroe “furnished the largest per cent of combatants, according to census of that time” for Michigan during the Civil War.  Over 2000 Monroe men fought for the Union in units that included the 4th Michigan, 7th Michigan, 15th Michigan and the 18th Michigan.        

Soldiers wrote home to their loved ones often.  The letter below was published in the Monroe Commercial on July 18, 1861.  It offers a glimpse into a soldier’s daily life.

From the Fourth Regiment, Camp Mansfield, Washington, July 10, 1861

The heat has been so oppressive that our men have hardly felt able to drill.  Last evening we had a fine Southern shower.  The sky suddenly darkened, a powerful gust of wind which lasted a few moments and then the rain came down in torrents, filling the ditches and flooding those tents which had not been surrounded by trenches.  The tents at first did not shed rain, and the men slept in rather damp berths.  This is an inconvenience comparatively small, to others we have been obliged to suffer, such as the use of impure water, too warm to be fit to drink; sleeping on pebbly ground without straw, irregular and short rations etc, etc.  There’s considerable sickness in the Regiment.  Private Siezor of Co. A was taken quite sick last night with cramps, headache and severe pain in his back and sides.  The Hospital stores have been quite incomplete, and hunger adds misery to the lot of those unfortunate fellows in the hospital.  Knaggs of Co. A is slowly regaining strength by aid of chicken broth and such other comforts as the kindness of his comrades can procure for him.  There are probably a dozen others of our Co. who are on the sick list but have kept out of the hospital. 

Private A.B. Parsons of Co. C was buried yesterday.  Private Wm. Hucksford of Co. D who injured his spine when bathing at Harrisburg is dead.  Private Rouse of Co. K who was left at Harrisburg Hospital, on account of injuries he received by falling from the cars the morning after we left Elmirs, cannot live, so the Surgeon informed us yesterday.  Privates Gravit and Cisco are discharged on account of their health, and will be sent home to Monroe this week.

Col. Woodbury sent in a requisition for blank cartridges yesterday but was told there were none to be had.  We shall be furnished with a few rounds of ball cartridges today for target practice.

There are a great many letters written in the Regiment.  The Chaplain, our Post Master, says the number of letters sent out each week is about 3000.  The Sutlers of our Regiment are doing a large business, the men improving the first opportunity to realize on their labor, by purchasing lemons, herring, raisins, sugar, cigars, etc, etc.  Probably from $100 to $200 of such stuff is sold every day here.  The Sutler issues 5c and 10c checks, which are used as currency by the soldiers.

We shall probably leave here as soon as we are fully equipped and furnished with ammunition.  I think we shall leave in a week or ten days for some point in Virginia. 

(A late letter from Captain Luce mentions that as the boys are learning to cook, they are now faring better than at first.  We have no doubt that much of the poor fare of which the boys complain has been attributable to a lack of knowledge in this respect—Ed Cox)

 

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Civil War Veterans of Monroe County Michigan Veteran and Monroe resident, Jason King, Jr. spent over ten years researching Civil War soldiers from Monroe County.  Unfortunately he died before his work could be published.  In 1979, family and friends were able to publish his work.  His work has been very valuable to genealogists and historians although it had been found to be incomplete.  Recently, the Monroe County Genealogical Society worked to update Jason King’s information and the Friends of the Monroe County Historical Museum were able to publish it under the title Civil War Veterans of Monroe County.

The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War by Martin Bertera and Kim Crawford
The Seventh MichiganVolunteer Infantry: The Gallant Men and Flag in the Civil War; 1861- 1865 by David G. Townshend
In the Rockets' Red Glare: Recollections of Monroe County Veterans by the Monroe Evening News

Paging through the Civil War Book Club – This is a book club that focuses on the American Civil War.  We are currently reading Reveille in Washington by Margaret Leech.  We will meet to discuss the book on Thursday, September 24 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.

Learn more about the Civil War – 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.  Our new lecture series will begin Thursday, September 10, when Mr. Ernest Greer will give the history of Company I of the 12th South Carolina Volunteers.  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.