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Catalog Number
2020.9.528
Title
Huizenga, John
Description
Image of Holland MI area resident John Huizenga's record of service in the "Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, Vol. 25" and obituary in the Jan. 27th, 1916 edition of Holland City News, pages 2 and 4, and an image of him. 
History
Sergeant Jan "John" Huizenga was born on Mar. 12th, 1839 in the Netherlands. On August 22nd, 1862, he enlisted with the 25th Michigan Infantry Co. I, in which he served until May 31st, 1865. After the war, he became a pastor, and in 1892, he moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where he spent the rest of his life. He passed on January 23rd, 1916 in Rock City, Iowa and is interred in the Valley View Cemetery there.

The 25th Michigan Infantry Company I was largely made up of Dutch immigrants from Holland, Michigan and its surrounding areas. The company is most famous for its involvement in the Battle at Tebb's Bend, where roughly 200 Union soldiers repulsed an attack by the Confederate general John Hunt Morgan and his raiders. The 25th Infantry was also involved in several campaigns in Eastern Tennessee and Sherman's March to the Sea, where the 25th fought at Tunnel Hill, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Cassville, Kingston, Allatoona, Pine Mountain, Lost Mountain, and Kenesaw. The regiment also took part in the siege of Atlanta. The regiment was mustered out on June 24th, 1865.