134 years ago the task of documenting the final resting places
of Civil War Soldiers in the state of Michigan began. Through the
foresight of Brother I. M. Cravath, a Department of Michigan Grand
Army of the Republic (GAR) Officer, reports were solicited from
Michigan GAR Posts reflecting the May 30, Memorial Day activities
where veteran’s graves were decorated.
True Veteran’s Son Francis E. Hall continued the effort in
the early 1900’s. He was a member of Robert Finch Camp 14,
Sons of Union Veterans in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and documented
over 12,000 records during a ten-year term as Graves Officer. His
program was called “Mark the Graves”, and until recently
it was contained on 3 X 5 index cards in the Michigan State Library
From 1930 – 1950 the Daughters of the American Revolution
included the marked graves of Civil War Soldiers in their effort
to identify all veteran’s graves in the nation.
In the mid-1960s the Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Committee
added their efforts through the hard work of municipalities, historical
societies, and students state wide.
At the beginning of the new millennium, the combined research of
all of the above and the tireless effort of the Sons of Union Veterans
of the Civil War and their friends, and especially the Archives of Michigan, resulted in over
20,000 records retained at the Department (state) and at the National
level from the Department of Michigan.
At the present time, the Department database contains over 60,000
records, including all known Civil War soldiers buried in Michigan from
any units, as well any Michigan soldiers that are buried anywhere.
We also include the burial places of veterans of any war from the
American Revolution through the Spanish American War if they are
reported to us.
With a dogged spirit, and a mind to the technological advances
that are being made in the world of communication, the Graves Registration
Committee, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War is honored to present this database to the public, keeping
in mind that this is a “living effort” which will be
updated on a quarterly basis. Any information in the dB is considered
correct until we have a chance to verify it.
The Camp Graves Registration Officers (GRO) often are the contacts
for the replacement of headstones or installation of flag holders
for the Civil War Veterans. You can contact the local GRO through
the Department Graves Registration Database to discuss this issue.
If you have a question about a specific veteran, about a cemetery,
or can provide us with updated (or corrected) information, please
contact Rick Danes, our Department Graves Registration Officer at
The database information contained in this site is protected by
copyright and is for personal research only. Any other use of this
information without the express written consent of the Department
of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, a Congressionally
Chartered Corporation, is expressly prohibited.