Michigan History home
Michigan History home


Cool, New Products showing a Willie Wolverine tan ball cap

This date in Michigan History:   September 19, 1864
The Civil War comes to the Detroit River.

Rebel agents boarded the steamer Philo Parsons at Detroit. They hoped to seize the steamer and—working with another Rebel agent—capture the USS Michigan and free 3,000 Rebel prisoners held on Johnson Island near Sandusky, Ohio. The plans failed and the Rebels scuttled the Philo Parsons in the Detroit River and fled.

Michigan History magazine. Permission is granted to use this content in whole or in part, or broadcast the information contained herein, provided credit is given to Michigan History.

Michigan Historical Center, Department of History, Arts and Libraries
Use and Reproduction Information Home  |   HAL Home  |   MI Historical Center  |   Michigan History
Accessibility Policy   |   Privacy Policy  |   Link Policy  |   Security Policy
Copyright 2006 State of Michigan