2018-08-24 / People

Fort Mackinac’s Role During Civil War Is Focus of Program


Brian Jaeschke will sign copies of his new vignette “Where Shall They Be Sent?” Saturday, August 25, at Sutler’s Store inside Fort Mackinac. (Mackinac State Historic Parks photograph) Brian Jaeschke will sign copies of his new vignette “Where Shall They Be Sent?” Saturday, August 25, at Sutler’s Store inside Fort Mackinac. (Mackinac State Historic Parks photograph) Fort Mackinac’s role during the Civil War will be the focus of a special weekend series of programming Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25. The Multi-Lakes Association for Civil War Studies will participate in live demonstrations on the hour, joined by the interpretive staff at Fort Mackinac.

Along with portraying Union soldiers, members of the group will also portray the three Confederate political prisoners who were held captive at Fort Mackinac during the summer of 1862.

Saturday, author and state park registrar Brian Jaeschke will be signing copies of his new vignette, “Where Shall They Be Sent? Confederate Political Prisoners at Fort Mackinac.” Mr. Jaeschke has had an interest in the Civil War since childhood. The book signing will take place at Sutler’s Store inside the fort.

During the summer of 1862, three Confederate political prisoners were held at Fort Mackinac under the watchful eye of the Stanton Guard, named in honor of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

All programs taking place inside Fort Mackinac, including the book signing, are included with regular fort admission. Copies of the vignette will be for sale at the Sutler’s Store.

The Multi-Lakes Association for Civil War Studies is dedicated to raising funds for historic preservation of Civil War sites, living history, and public education about the American Civil War.

Fort Mackinac was constructed by the British during the American Revolution. Believing a fur trading outpost in Mackinaw City was vulnerable to an American attack, the British moved the fort to the Island in 1780. Americans took control of the fort in 1796. In July 1812 during the first land engagement of the War of 1812 in the United States, the British recaptured the fort. The Americans failed to retake it following a bloody battle in 1814. Once the war had ended, Fort Mackinac was returned to the United States.

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