Minnesota's role in Civil War-era West

  • Article by: Fritz Knaak
  • Updated: July 3, 2013 - 6:37 PM

The First Minnesota’s service at Gettysburg gets the attention, but the war was wide.

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pumiceJul. 3, 13 7:20 PM

The most effective presentation I've ever seen on the War between the States is The Civil War in Four Minutes. The action takes place on a map. Every second represents one week. Major battles are represented by the sound of cannons and a graphic of smoke. The strategy of the Union is clear--confine the Confederate Army to the South and squeeze. A casualty counter in the corner reminds us of the terrible human cost of preserving the Union.

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TeddyWelshJul. 3, 13 7:51 PM

A couple of years ago we visited Shiloh battlefield in Tennessee. It was raining lightly and the weather matched the somber feel of the beautiful surroundings that are really a huge cemetery containing graves of the men, both Union and Confederate who fought and died there. I was surprised to see a monument dedicated to the First Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery, that participated in the Civil War Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862). Yet another example of the participation of Minnesotans in the war.

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owatonnabillJul. 3, 1310:31 PM

A fine article. We as Minnesotans--and as Americans--should heed both the story and the lessons of history. Never done it before, but this fall Owatonnabill and Spousal Unit are taking what we call the American History tour--Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields, Smithsonian, etc. Plan on three weeks but that will barely scratch the surface. Should be fascinating--and humbling.

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cedarriverJul. 4, 13 6:52 AM

If there are any such records an article giving the names and the town they were from of Minnesotas Civil War veterans would be interesting. Thanks for the articles StarTribune.

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ch1979Jul. 4, 13 7:15 AM

Thanks Sen. Knaak for sharing another piece of the great history of our country.

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tinosaJul. 4, 13 8:07 AM

It is sad that most of our kids coming out of high school today don't even know this nor can they make change for a $5 bill if the cash register goes down. We need to return to teaching history the correct way by presenting the data and not the PC version.

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braxozJul. 4, 1310:25 AM

Another reminder that history is filled with "what if" moments. Some go the way we hope and want and some go the other way. Makes life "interesting".

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jarlmnJul. 4, 13 1:10 PM

And despite the sacrifice of thousands of Minnesota and other Union soldiers, the leftists and the race-baiters, now hold northern whites as accountable for slavery as southern whites. Juneteenth is celebrated, but not the men how fought and died to help make it happen. So much for posterity

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braxozJul. 4, 13 1:42 PM

jarlmn Jul. 4, 13 1:10 PM And despite the sacrifice of thousands of Minnesota and other Union soldiers, the leftists and the race-baiters, now hold northern whites as accountable for slavery as southern whites. Juneteenth is celebrated, but not the men how fought and died to help make it happen. So much for posterity _______ The majority celebrates 4th of July as Independence Day but for the slaves, nothing changed if anything got worse because of the lack of British influence on slavery. Juneteenth is the slaves "Independence Day". I have never been to a Juneteenth celebration so I don't know what is remembered. Slavery was only one of the reasons the Civil War was fought - from the diaries of the soldiers who fought, the most widely held belief was to keep the country together. I don't know the background of the rest of your pejorative rant.

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brotherddayJul. 4, 13 6:33 PM

"Slavery was only one of the reasons the Civil War was fought - from the diaries of the soldiers who fought, the most widely held belief was to keep the country together." - Yes, Lincoln wanted to save the union by having it be all-slave or all-free. It didn't matter initially to him as long as the Union was held together.

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