Given the paucity of existing records it is far from clear what the overall level of schooling was of the men who served in the Third Michigan. One may presume that many of not most of the soldiers had at least achieved the rudiments of reading and writing. (photo: Moses B. Houghton; source: USAMHI.)

In fact, we know that at least 38 men were illiterate but that 678 men could read and write; both numbers were probably higher. Not bad.

We also know that 38 men attained “higher education” degrees in architecture, law, medicine, education and the ministry.

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