2018-04-07 / News

Fort Mackinac Will Present Civil War Program April 18

Information about the role of Fort Mackinac in the Civil War will be presented by Mackinac State Historic Parks Registrar Brian Jaeschke during a special event Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey.

The presentation will focus on the saga of the three Confederate soldiers sent as prisoners of war to Fort Mackinac and the company of men that formed to stand guard over them. Mr. Jaeschke also plans to highlight Sergeant William Marshall, the longest serving soldier at Fort Mackinac, who served as caretaker of the fort during the Civil War.

Mr. Jaeschke has held the position of registrar with Mackinac State Historic Parks since 2006 and has been a lifelong Civil War enthusiast.

This event, hosted through Essence of Emmet, is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. Essence of Emmet is a group of community organizations, including Mackinac State Historic Parks, which work together to promote the region’s history.

The Emmet County Fairgrounds are at 1129 Charlevoix Avenue (US-31), heading west from downtown Petoskey.

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