LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren) is offering free Civil War booklets, titled “Michigan in the American Civil War,” to constituents who call, email or write to the senator’s office. Booklets are being made available for the 157th anniversary to commemorate the beginning of the Civil War.

“I’m offering this booklet to my constituents because our ancestors’ place in the American Civil War should never be forgotten,” Sen. Bieda said.

The American Civil War, fought from 1861 through 1865, resulted from long-standing sectional differences and questions not fully resolved, primarily the issue of slavery and states’ rights, when the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789. Fifty percent of Michigan’s military-age, male population was sent to fight in the war, during which more than 14,000 lost their lives. Michigan also supplied more cavalry per capita than any other Union state.

“The Civil War was significant in American history because it marked the end of slavery and firmly redefined the U.S. as a single, indivisible nation rather than a loosely bound collection of independent states,” Sen. Bieda said. “At a time when our young nation was at its breaking point, Michigan men and women sacrificed their property, their careers and even their lives, and it’s critical that we remember their contributions to our society as we now know it.”

Constituents can access a number of free, educational materials from Sen. Bieda’s office by calling (517) 373-8360, or by sending an email to and including their name, mailing address and phone number in the message.