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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Brewers from Michigan in the Civil War

File MIL MM-144 from Box 5 of the William B. Bogardus Collection contains two pages photocopied from Michigan in the War (Michigan. Adjutant-General's Dept., 1882).

MIL MM-144 Brewer, Michigan in the War

There are four men named Brewer listed on the pages. One of them, Melvin Brewer (1831-1864), a descendant of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, L. I., achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel, and died from wounds received at Winchester, Virginia, 19 September 1864 (he died on the 25th of September). In 2011, Richard Brewer (Administrator of the Brewer DNA Project) created a website, "The Civil War and Lt. Col. Melvin Brewer." The site should be of interest to descendants of Jan Brouwer and to those who are interested in Civil War history.

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