Tricounty News

Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago April 1-7, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, April 1, 1863

Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s command was reorganized to create the Department of North Carolina under Major General Daniel H. Hill, the Department of Richmond under Major General Arnold Elzey, and the Department of Southern Virginia under Major General S.G. French.

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Exhibit of 25 vintage pianos

at Dassel History Center

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Keeping Time: the Historic Piano Collection of Steve Misener, an exhibit of vintage pianos from the 1700s to the 1950s, will be at the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum from Sunday, April 7, through Sunday, May 5. An Opening Gala will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Tours will follow at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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Five little farm girls started school together

Eighty-four years ago, five little farm girls started grade 1 in a one-room country school, District 172. Many of our brothers and sisters had gone to that school between Richmond and St. Martin. Nineteen children went there when we did; two boys were older than we were. They are both gone.

One teacher taught all eight grades. We had good teachers. I lived closer to the school, in the middle of the five. We ran across the meadow and went home for lunch. In the winter, we all ate at school with our syrup pails for lunch pails (no fancy lunch pails). Some of the teachers roomed at our place, weekends they went home. When the weather was bad, they stayed by us.

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Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago March 25-31, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, March 25, 1863

More fighting occurred on Black Bayou as the Federal expedition on Steele’s Bayou continued to bog down. Two Federal rams attempted to run the Vicksburg, Miss., batteries from north to south. The U.S.S. Lancaster was struck about 30 times with most of the crew escaping. The U.S.S. Switzerland, badly disabled, floated out of the firing range.

Major General Ambrose Burnside, former commander of the Army of the Potomac, superseded Major General Horatio G. Wright in command of the Department of the Ohio.

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Minnesota Homefront, World War II at Stearns Museum

The Stearns History Museum presents “Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” a traveling exhibit on view from March 23 to May 12.

Come visit the Stearns History Museum, and see “Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” a traveling exhibit that explores the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments and challenges that have shaped the enduring legacy of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation through their stories.

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