Video: Pipestone Civil War Days 2010

Re-enactors staged a Civil War-era battle between Union and Confederate troops as part of Pipestone Civil War Days, Aug. 14, 2010, but there was also 1860s music and entertainment. Even President Abraham Lincoln paid a visit to Pipestone and gave the Gettysburg Address.
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WCHS offers up more information on Civil War soldier

Following an Aug. 12 Gazette story about a Bayport City Council member’s search for a Civil War soldier’s grave, Washington County Historical Society Executive Director Brent Peterson has offered more information about Louis Muller, a hero at Gettysberg.
Muller originally enlisted in Company B, 1st Minnesota, then transferred to Company E as a captain. Muller was [...]

Author of Civil War trains book to be at Fort Ridgely

A local author, retired Lieutenant Colonel Alan R. Koenig, is scheduled to be at Fort Ridgely Historic Site Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. 
Koenig is going to present a power point program of photos from his book “Mars Gets New Chariots, The Iron Horse in Combat, 1861-65.”
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Work on Dodge County’s Civil War memorial to start Thursday

Dodge County Board member first approved a motion to erect a Civil War Memorial to pay tribute to those in the county who served during war between the states during a meeting 143 years ago.
Next week, progress will finally be made.
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Civil War reenactment returns to Adams

Adams’ annual Civil War Reenactment will be this weekend at the city park.
About 150 reenactors, some from as far away as Nebraska, are set to converge on Adams for the event which, for the first time, will be separate from Adams Dairy Days. The reenactment will feature a battle, artillery and drills from the era.
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The new battle of Fort Ridgely

John LaBatte has ancestors on both sides of the 1862 battles at Fort Ridgely, where a couple hundred soldiers and frontier settlers repelled two Indian attacks on a plateau high above the Minnesota River.
So when LaBatte looks over that battlefield and talks of the ground on which Indians, settlers and soldiers died or were wounded, [...]

Civil War Vet’s Gravestone Lies Broken in Rock Pile

Several small cemeteries in Swift County are in need of maintenance but one tucked away in Fairfield township near Benson has local historians calling for action.
The former milling town of Fairfield was deserted long ago, but a few artifacts remain.
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‘History in Your Backyard’ set at Historic Courthouse

Did you know that Washington County is steeped in a rich history, including American Indians, the Civil War, politics, voyageurs, lumbering, outlaws, farming and more?
Everyone is invited to visit “History in Your Backyard” at the Washington County Historic Courthouse noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, to learn about the many historic sites, events and [...]

Getting its due: Wood Lake Battlefield preservation and promotion making major strides

It appears likely that the Wood Lake Battlefield will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), so long as a majority of nearby property owners do not disapprove of the designation.
Over the past few months, the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association (WLBPA) and the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)?have been in contact with [...]

Reenactor shares tale of Civil War soldier

With the biennial Civil War Days event planned in Pipestone this summer, the Pipestone County Historical Society invited a Civil War reenactor to speak at its annual meeting Saturday at the Calumet Inn.
Bill Hoskins has spent the past 23 years doing reenactments of Civil War battles across the country. In addition to working at the [...]