Minnesota’s first war heroes

Four years ago, Jay Wittenberg began painting portraits of the courageous men from Washington County who answered President Abraham Lincoln’s call for more troops and went off to fight in the Civil War.
He collected biographical information on the band of young farmers, teachers, loggers, lawyers and students, and obtained photographs from books and websites to [...]

Upcoming library events to focus on Civil War books, local infantry

The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry will be commemorated during Washington County’s most recent “One County, One Book” program in which multiple residents are encouraged to read and discuss the same materials.
The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry was a regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was the first state volunteer [...]

Get a lesson on the Civil War from 150 years ago

The Knife River Rec Council is taking people back 150 years to the Civil War Wednesday as re-enactor Paul von Goertz (pictured) makes a presentation at the rec building.
Beginning at 7 p.m., von Goertz will tell the story of a typical infantryman in the 1st Minnesota Volunteers with a slide show of the regiment’s heroism [...]

Civil War letters come to New Ulm museum

The Schilling brothers’ eight letters penned in 1862 evince an extraordinary time in American history as well as a painful part of New Ulm’s past.
The Brown County Historical Society Museum has acquired the documents from descendants of Louis and August Schilling, Union soldiers from New Ulm who sent letters from Civil War battlefields to family [...]

Small Minn. town to finally get Civil War memorial

Residents of the tiny southern Minnesota town of Wasioja will mark Veteran’s Day by dedicating a Civil War memorial that was first proposed for construction 143 years ago.
The granite memorial engraved with the image of two union soldiers will be dedicated in a Thursday evening ceremony.

Battlefield gains national designation

The land where warriors and soldiers fought the final battle of the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 will be recognized as a national historic site.
Wood Lake Battlefield has been approved to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tom Hosier, founder of the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association announced Sept. 25 at the organization’s [...]

Dancing into history, 1860s style

Even the organizers of the Sanitary Fair Hop admit that the name leaves a lot to be desired.
If nothing else, the members of the Living History Society of Minnesota figure that they can use the odd reactions the name produces as a teaching device.
“The Sanitary Commission was a forerunner of the Red Cross. It raised [...]

Civil War veterans’ graves will be rededicated

The Third Minnesota Volunteer Infantry re-enactors will conduct a fallen-soldier ceremony when Civil War stars are rededicated at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Zumbrota Cemetery.
Refurbishing the stars is the project of Eagle Scout Corbin Renken.

Covered trailer with State Fair exhibit artifacts stolen from Merriam Park residence

The 2010 Minnesota State Fair ended on a tragic note for the volunteers of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, a long-standing exhibitor at the fair.
While in temporary storage to make room for the main exhibits of the Territorial Pioneers Log Cabin, a trailer containing dozens of Civil War and turn of century artifacts disappeared from a [...]

History comes alive for students in ‘Uncivil War’

Nick K. Adams looks over the topography of southwestern Fillmore County with much more than casual glance. He walks the land like a man on a mission.
That he is. Adams learned a lot about the Civil War of the 1860s from 104 letters written and sent by his great-great-great-grandfather, David Brainard Griffin, to his wife [...]