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Tag: Military History

The Mystery of the Five Michilimackinac Soldiers

Ongoing historical research and archaeological excavations form the backbone of our interpretive programs and exhibits. Every now and then we come across a mystery! Read more about a mystery of five soldiers from British Michilimackinac who switched sides during the American Revolution.

The Hospital Corps at Fort Mackinac

While the Hospital Corps only came into being toward the very end of Fort Mackinac’s time as an active military post, it demonstrates another way Fort Mackinac experienced the changing times of the army.

The Famous Mackinaw Potato

When you think of Mackinac, you might think of fudge, or no cars, or horses, or the fort. But potatoes? “The best potatoes in the world grow at Mackinac.” Or at least they did. Read on!

U.S. Army Forage Cap and Dress Helmet

Fort Mackinac benefits from having several items in our collection – a physical representation that our guests see daily that we can translate to the present day. Take hats worn by Fort Mackinac soldiers, for instance.

Marchand De Lignery and the Voyageurs

We’ve long interpreted Michilimackinac in the 1770s, toward the end of the British period of occupation. However, Michilimackinac was occupied by the French for more than 40 years. Here’s a story about its rocky beginning in this area.

Army Marksmanship at Fort Mackinac

While American history is full of stories and legends of soldiers and civilians skillfully using their muskets and rifles in the heat of battle or some other dramatic event, the truth is that most people in the 1800s had little-to-no experience in long-range shooting or even basic firearm skills. This included the army.