Published Books

About Thank God for Michigan.

Thank God for Michigan relates the experiences of a farmer from Plymouth, Michigan, turned soldier, and the company he was enlisted in, Company C of the 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment.

When President Abraham Lincoln calls for more troops, Ralph Terry has mixed emotions as to whether or not to enlist, as he cannot see how it affects his life and sees no purpose in the war. His opinion of the South’s desire to secede and become their own nation he expressed thusly, “So what? If that’s what they want – let ’em!” His concerns are for his pregnant wife, and his farm, but after much thought and prayers, his decision is to enlist.

Over the next 3 years, Ralph Terry will suffer disease, wounds, the horrors of war, the loss of long-time friends, and at times will lead him to question his faith. The effects of war will stay with him for the rest of his life. Will Ralph Terry return home to his wife, the same man that she knew when he left 3 years before?

2 Responses to Published Books

  1. Gene Eric Salecker says:

    Hello Mike: Your book is one of the best on the common soldier in the Civil War, covering enlistment, training, campaigning, battle, prison, and of course, the voyage on the Sultana. I was glad to be a small part of your writing experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of a Civil War soldier and the experiences of some of the men on the steamboat Sultana. Gene Salecker

    • mjoslin says:

      Hello Gene:
      Thank you for that, it means a lot to me.
      When I discovered a comment from you, it only showed about half of the first sentence because I had to give approval before they published it. I am still learning this website business so I had to figure out where to go in order to approve your comment.
      I sent emails to the Sultana Museum, to Jonathan Matthews at Cahaba, and to the Andersonville gift shop. I have yet to hear from the first two, but I did hear from Andersonville. The problem here is that the gift shop is apparently run by They have a bunch of forms that I would be required to fill out before they even give me approval. Frankly, I am a somewhat intelligent man but, a lot of what they ask I don’t understand at all. I think I may pass on that one.


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