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Patterson Unveils "Oakland County in the Civil War" Map

Public Date: 4/18/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this month, will unveil the "Oakland County in the Civil War" map, which tells stories about the people of Oakland County during the Civil War. The stories include:

  • The Holly woman who enlisted disguised as a man and later became a spy for the Union
  • The Rochester soldier spared from a Confederate hanging because of the intervention of a Confederate family with whom he had shared his rations
  • And the Lake Orion teacher who became commander of Michigan's 102nd Colored Regiment
It also features 12 documented homes which served as stations along the Underground Railroad and 13 more reported to be stations (all still existing).

Patterson will discuss how this map will be used in Oakland County classrooms and available to organizations or individuals who wish to purchase it. Also participating in the press conference will be the Pioneer and Historical Society, Oakland County Historical Commission Chairperson Jennifer Radcliff, and Melissa Luginski, the volunteer who collected all the data for the map.
The 5th Michigan Regiment Band, Union soldier re-enactors, Civil War-era artifacts
10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011 
The Governor Moses Wisner House, 405 Cesar Chavez Avenue, Pontiac, Michigan
(Home of Michigan's 12th governor who later commanded the 22nd Michigan Infantry)

For further information, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County Media and Communications Officer, at 248-858-1048.