1862 : Governor Austin Blair Lobbies for Prisoner Exchange to Liberate Colonel Orlando Willcox, Hero of the First Battle of Bull Run

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January 13, 2021 all-day
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Picture of General Orlando B. Willcox by Matthew Brady, courtesy of the Library of Congress and Wikipedia Commons

Orlando Willcox, Hero of the First Battle of Bull Run

On January13, 1862, Gov. Austin Blair approved a joint resolution asking Michigan’s congressional delegation to use their influence to assist the exchange of prisoners of war.

The legislative request was focused on obtaining the release of Colonel Orlando B. Willcox, who had languished in a southern prison since his capture on July 21, 1861, at the Battle of First Bull Run. Commander of the First Michigan Infantry Regiment, Willcox was finally exchanged on August 19, 1862. The following day, he was promoted to brigadier general. Years after the war, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism at First Bull Run.

Source: Michigan History magazine