May 12th

Today we heard a short sermon from the Rev. Mr. Cummings. He is very aged and his grey hair and wrinkled brow contrasted strangely with the many youthful faces and manly upright forms by which he was surrounded. There was a large attendance of citizens at preaching.

Reverend Dr. Cumming was from the Episcopal Church and accepted a position as chaplain of the 3rd Michigan Infantry on May 21st, 1861. He did not remain the chaplain for long, resigning his position in September of 1862. Read about him here, you will need to scroll to the “Episcopal Church”.

May 16th

Today the firemen of Grand Rapids paid the regiment a visit. They looked quite neat in their uniforms as they paraded up and down the race courses. They had a very pretty banner.

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Who’s Matthew Baird?