Home to the Historic 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry
3,000 Miles - 1,000 Days

This website was developed by Bruce Robere with the assistance of many. We have done this to honor the men of the 21st Michigan "Sherman's Bummers."

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PRESS RELEASE - Reading of Dr. Henry A. Goodale's Civil War Diary


This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The Iosco County Historical Museum in East Tawas, Michigan has planned a series of events to honor this historic struggle.  On July 16th at 2:00PM they plan a reading from Dr. Henry A. Goodale's Civil War diary. Dr. Goodale served as Assistant Surgeon in the 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry during the war. Descendents of Dr. Goodale, including Dr. David Goodale who will act as the reader, will be present at the reading.

This event is open to the public.



Recently added a photo of Alexander Thorne Cramer, Company C, 21st Michigan.

Regimental History

The 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment was formed in Ionia, Michigan during the early fall of 1862. The men of the 21st served honorably until June 21, 1865.

This site provides historical photos, first person accounts, rosters, weapons and other information about the 21st Michigan.


The Union Army, Vol III, pages 407-408

21st MI Inf Reg organized at Ionia & mustered in 09/04/1862; left State 09/12/62, reported at Cincinnati; sent to Louisville; joined the march through KY & battle at Perryville. Reached Nashville, 11/12/62 & advanced towards Murfreesboro, engaged at Lavergne, Stewart's Creek & Stone's River [lost 17 killed, 85 wounded & 37 MIA] it was with Sill's Brigade, Sheridan's Div. Remained on picket & guard duty at Murfreesboro until June. Moved to Tullahoma, then Cowan, Anderson's Station & Bridgeport. 09/02/62, advanced into GA; Chickamauga [lost 11 killed, 58 wounded, 35 MIA, 3 POW's]. Detached to form part of an Engineer brigade; engaged as such at Missionary Ridge. Stationed near Chattanooga until June, 1864, building a bridge & erecting storehouses. Ordered to Lookout Mountain, 06/11/64, building hospitals, running mills & picket duty. Relieved of engineers duties in Sept & joined Rousseau's forces in pursuit of Forrest into AL. Ordered to Chattanooga & Dalton, GA in Oct. 11/01/64 joined 2nd brigade, 1st Div, 14th Army Corps, for the march to the sea. Moved to Milledgeville, then to Augusta, then Savannah, to 12/18/64. Carolina's Campaign. Went to Sister's Ferry, crossed the Savannah River, 02/05/65. Engaged at Averasboro & Bentonville [Lost 92 officers and men, killed & wounded out of 230]. Reached Goldsboro 03/25/65, where it remained until Johnston's surrender; marched to Richmond, 280 miles, in less than 8 days. Grand Review at Washington, DC & mustered out 06/08/1865.
Original strength, 1,108; gain by recruits, 369; total, 1,477
Loss by death, 368



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