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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Plug Ugly on Belle Isle

Plug Ugly is the name of the horse of Civil War Major General Alpheus Starkey Williams (1810-1878). They are prominently displayed on Belle Isle. This man was known to everyone in Detroit as lawyer and judge, congressman, bank president, even newspaper editor and a postmaster besides his heroic efforts in both the Civil War and the Mexican War. He died of a stroke in the US Capitol building at age 68 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

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