Through the years of researching my family history, I discovered that many of my ancestors fought in the Civil War. There is currently a pictorial display at the Oshtemo Branch Library of African/American Civil War Veterans along with books on African/ American history. I’m the part-time teen librarian at Oshtemo. My four great-grand- fathers and five great-great uncles are in the display, along with information about Michigan’s 1st Colored Infantry, later called the 102nd United States Colored Infantry.
The display also includes information about the “Battle of Honey Hill” that took place on November 30, 1864, in support of General William T. Sherman’s march to the sea in South Carolina. My great-grandfather John Conner, his brother William Frank Conner, who was the sergeant of his troop, and their two brother-in-laws, Himebrick Tyler and Joseph Seaton fought bravely in this battle.
African Americans in the Civil War