Tricounty News

Feb. 18: Andrew and Frederick: are they cousins?

Join the St. Cloud Area Genealogists on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. to hear a presentation by local genealogist Dan Schroeder. He will discuss two case studies on familial relations and how to use evidence and proof to understand your family tree. A family tree, also known as a pedigree or ancestry chart, represents family relationships in a conventional tree structure and is vital to understanding genealogy.
St. Cloud Area Genealogists’ meetings are free and open to the public at the Stearns History Museum 235 33rd Ave. S.,
St. Cloud.


Civil War digest Feb. 3-9, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1864


With more than 26,000 men, Federal Major General William T. Sherman left Vicksburg, Miss., on an expedition to destroy Confederate-held railroads in the state and to damage the Confederates in and around the city of Meridian. Cooperating with Sherman were 7,600 cavalry. Confederates in Mississippi, under General Leonidas Polk numbered approximately 20,000 and were widely scattered.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 1864

Skirmishing became heavier as Major General William T.
Sherman’s Federals advanced from Vicksburg through the old battlefields of 1863. General
Leonidas Polk’s Confederates fell back before the invaders as fighting broke out at Liverpool Heights, Champion’s Hill, Edwards’s Ferry and near Bolton Depot.

Other action occurred at Moorefield, W.V., Columbia, La., along with Hot Springs, Mountain Fork and Rolling Prairie, Ark.


Blizzard letters from ’75

Text from the Jan. 30, 1975, Tri-County News. Reprinted Feb. 6, 2003.

The following letters have been received from members of the group stranded in Kimball during the blizard [of ’75].

Dear Father Jim:

Just wanted to express my appreciation to you and St. Anne’s for your generosity and hospitality over last weekend. I just can’t tell you how much it meant to us to be so fortunate to encounter such a place as St. Anne’s and such a person as you. And I can promise you neither will ever be forgotten.

Thank you so much for everything.

Bless you always.

Kay Krost


Civil War digest: Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 1864


Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1864

Confederate President Jefferson Davis asked General Braxton Bragg to come to Richmond, Va., from Montgomery, Ala., if his health permitted.

President Abraham Lincoln told Major General Frederick Steele in Arkansas that Steele and the civilian authorities could handle details of the new Arkansas government so long as the free state constitutional provisions were retained.

Fighting on this day included action at Fair Gardens or Kelly’s Ford, and near Knoxville, Tenn.; on the Cumberland River, Ky.; and near Thoroughfare Mountain, Va.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 1864

Fighting was light today with a skirmish at Dallas, Ark.; Lee’s House on Cornersville Pike, Tenn.; and at Jonesville, Va.


Civil War digest: Jan. 20-26, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1864

Federal naval vessels made a reconnaissance of Forts Morgan and Gaines at the mouth of Mobile Bay in Alabama. For some time, Grant and others had urged an attack on Mobile, while the Confederates feared such an effort.

Skirmishing broke out at Tracy City, Tenn., and Island No. 76 on the Mississippi River.

President Abraham Lincoln suspended five scheduled army executions. The president also told Major General Frederick Steele, commanding in Arkansas, that in view of the proposed anti-slavery state constitution, an election should be ordered at once.