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Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago MaYy 13-19, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 13, 1863

Two corps of Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s army moved towards Jackson, Miss., while Major General John A. McClernand’s corps headed north to Clinton. At Jackson, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston could only muster 12,000 men and knew that Grant’s army stood between him Major General John C. Pemberton’s army.

Skirmishes occurred at Mississippi Springs, along with Baldwin’s Ferry and Hall’s Ferry, all in Mississippi.


Dr. Charles O’Connor helped Eden Valley grow in early days

Spring is the time for birth. And when it comes to births, no one in Eden Valley history probably did it more than Dr. Charles (D.C.) O’Connor, who served the city from 1911-60.

At one time Dr. O’Connor was credited for helping give birth to as many as half the residents of Eden Valley. Remember, those early years of O’Connor’s practice were times when expectant mothers did not go to the hospital to have babies; they delivered them in their homes.


Native American canoe program May 19

At Dassel History Center

Lovers of history, archeology or Native American relics are in store for an interesting experience. A program about the ancient American Indian canoe that was found in Big Swan Lake, north of Dassel, in 1957 will be presented at the Dassel History Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago May 6-12, 1863 April 29-May 4, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 6, 1863

Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s victorious army cautiously advanced in the Wilderness in Virginia, only to find that Major General Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac had withdrawn during the night before and early in the morning. Hooker informed Washington of his movements and President Abraham Lincoln gained further knowledge by reading Richmond newspapers. Late in the afternoon, President Lincoln and Major General Henry W. Halleck left to meet with Hooker.


Minnesota Mayhem

Breakfast Club Wednesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. presents a special speaker. Stearns History Museum and Research Center is excited to have Ben Welter, news copy chief at the Minneapolis StarTribune, discuss his book “Minnesota Mayhem: A History of Calamitous Events, Horrific Accidents, Dastardly Crimes, and Dreadful Behavior in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.” He will tell tales that range from the catastrophic to the merely curious. Ben will explore the best of the state’s worst moments. Minnesota Mayhem, based on Ben’s blog, is a great collection of Minnesota moments. His stories will surely spur memories, stories, and conversations from the audience, too.

Cost for members is free; for non-members is $5. Copies of Ben’s book will be on sale in the Museum Shop before and after the event.

“One place understood, helps us understand all places better.”
    Eudora Welty

The American Association of Museums accredits the Stearns History Museum and Research Center. It is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.