24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry
24th Michigan of the Iron Brigade

About Us

History of the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry:
  • Became members of the famous Black Hat Battalion (nicknamed the Iron Brigade) after the Battle of Antietam in September 1862; joinging the ranks of the 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin and 19th Indiana
  • They played an important role at the Battle of Gettysburg, and suffered a great deal of casualties along with the other Iron Brigade units 
  • By 1864 there were only 120 members left in the 24th Michigan
  • Their last act as a regiment was to provide a military escort for Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in Springfield, IL in 1865

This unit served in many of this country's most memorable battles.  They lived up to their nickname of the Iron Brigade through their commitment and courage demonstrated at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry is a Michigan-based Civil War reenactment group that strives to accurately portray the Union infantryman, especially of the Army of the Potomac. 

             We are proud members of the Black Hat Battalion, an organization of other Iron Brigade reenacting units or units willing to portray the Iron Brigade by donning their distinctive black felt U.S. Army Dress Hats, commonly called Hardee hats.

             We usually do events in Michigan or in the Midwest with one national event, one Living History at Gettysburg National Military Park, and one monument adopt-a-site at Gettysburg each year.

             Our goal is to bring the story of the Union infantryman to life by recreating the material culture as well as the day to day experiences of the soldier in the field. To that end, we do our best to act and think like the soldiers during the war in as many ways as possible. We also strive to educate the public about the soldier’s life during the war and to share our knowledge with them. 

             We are always looking for new members who are interested and willing to learn about our country’s past through authentic living history.

If you would like to ask questions or talk to our Military Liason you can contact our Military Liason or President for more information.

While the military were at war daily life still existed back home.  The civilian members of this unit participate in these events throughout the year sharing with the public what life was like.  

We are just as committed to protray an accurate representation through our attire, camp sites and activities we participate in at the events in front of the public.  Through period games, reading, sewing and social visits the public get a sense of what daily life was like.


The folks back home played an important role in supporting the soldiers while away and we do the same at events through various events.  This may be done through traditional letter writing, sending care packages and helping mend clothing.

If you are interested, but concerned about not knowing how to sew, or all the history behind these activities don't worry.  This is why we come together as a group.  We help each other to share information on this unique time in our country's history.

If you would like to ask questions or talk to our Civilian Liason you can contact our Civilian Liason or our group President for more information.

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