Richard L. Hamilton, the author of Shiloh to Durham Station, 18th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment: With Captain Robert S. McMichael's Civil War Letters (2011), Oh! Hast Thou Forgotten, Michigan Cavalry in the Civil War: The Gettysburg Campaign (book-2008, Audio version-2010), and The Plant: Oh Quality Where Art Thou (2009), is a retired General Motors Corporation manufacturing engineering manager who holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (GMI), and MS degree in industrial supervision from Western Michigan University. He is a former professor of engineering technology at Western Michigan University, and Director of Technology at Ferris State University. He has written three unpublished books concerning genealogy and biographies of his Hamilton-Patten family. In the Civil War re-enactor uniform of his ancestor, he has given presentations to libraries, historical societies, and civic clubs concerning the service of his maternal ancestor, who fought with Brigadier General George A. Custer in the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. His paternal ancestor, Pvt. Samuel M. Hamilton fought with General John Buford in the 1st Division U.S. Cavalry. Richard is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Sons of the Union Veterans: Michigan Department, Curtenious Guard Camp No. 17.
Shiloh to Durham Station: 18th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, with Captain Robert S. Mcmichael's Civil War Lettersby Richard Hamilton
Shiloh to Durham Station, 18th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment: With Captain Robert S. McMichael's Civil War Letters begins in the early winter of 1861 in Bad Ax County, Wisconsin, and it ends in 1865 with the Grand March in Washington, D. C. after the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston at Durham Station, North Carolina. It is an historical account of the Civil War in the West, and a true personal reflection of the war as told by Robert S. McMichael. He was a young husband and father who never missed an opportunity to write home to his wife, Orla. Robert enlisted in the 18th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment on January 25, 1861. The regiment mustered into the United States service on March 15, 1862, and departed Camp Trowbridge at Milwaukee for Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee on March 30, 1862. Robert served in The Army of the Mississippi, re-enlisted in 1864, rose to captain of his Company C, participated in General William T. Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas. He capped off his service at the Grand March in Washington, D. C., and was mustered out of service on July 18, 1865.
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