Tricounty News

Minnesota soldiers killed at Gettysburg commemorated May 24 and May 27

Friday Evening May 24 & Monday May 27, 2013, Sponsored by Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force 

The Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force will honor Minnesota soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg during Memorial Day events this weekend. First Sergeant James Ackers, killed on July 2, 1863 during the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s charge at Gettysburg, will be commemorated in a ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery, 1865 140th Street in Hastings beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.  Friday evening  at 6:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery at 1865 140th Street in Hastings; in a unique twilight ceremony for Sargent James Akers.

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Civil War grave monument unveiling and cannon salute

Memorial Day, May 27, 11:30 a.m. St. Michaels Cemetery, 700 5th Avenue N, Bayport, MN. Meet at “Soldiers Rest” at the north end of the Cemetery

Captain Louis Muller of Stillwater, Minn. gave his life defending the Union in the great Battle of Gettysburg. Louis Muller was a recent arrival from Switzerland to Stillwater, when the Union of States was dissolved. Louis was among the very first volunteers raised to defend the Union and restore the United States. As a common clerk, Muller enlisted with the Stillwater Guards which would become Company B of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Louis Muller was commissioned Lieutenant of Company B. Later Lt. Muller would be promoted to Captain, commanding the volunteers of Company E, of the First Minnesota. It was his leading of Company E in the momentous charge of the First Minnesota Volunteers on July 2, 1863, in which Capt. Louis Muller gave his life.

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Civil War digest This week 150 years ago May 20-26, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 20, 1863

Confederate President Jefferson Davis was improving after being ill for the past several weeks.

Federal Major General Ulysses S. Grant contemplated the problems he was facing regarding a direct attack on the city of Vicksburg, Miss.

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We Love Our Soldiers (present & past)

At Stearns History Museum

Stearns History Museum and Research Center welcomes all active duty military personnel and their families to visit for free between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2013.

To kick-off this program, the Stearns History Museum is mounting a special We Love Our Soldiers (present and past) Event from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 1. This free event offers tours of the museum, and will include root beer floats and an outdoor scavenger hunt on the plaza (or indoor in the gallery if it rains).

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Forest City was a town with a future

Text excerpted from The Meeker REA Pioneer, October 1975.W-Forest-City-Stockade216

Reprinted from the Tri-County News, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003.

Forest City has a rich historical background. It was first visited by the white man in 1855. The beauty of the landscape along the Crow River enticed many of the early settlers to make Forest City and the surrounding area their new home.

As the new settlers arrived in 1856, they took up claims, erected log cabins, and began clearing the land.

There are a lot of “firsts” in Forest City town and township:

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