Tricounty News

Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago April 27-May 3, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, April 27, 1864

Confederate President Jefferson Davis sent Jacob Thompson and C.C. Clay Jr., to Canada as special commissioners to see if Canada would assist in brokering a peace between the Confederate States of America and the United States government.

The Maryland Constitutional Convention met at Annapolis for their first session. The Convention would last until Sept. 6.

Skirmishing occurred at Decatur, Ala.; Taylor’s Ridge near Ringgold, Ga.; Troublesome Creek, Ky.; Masonborough Inlet, N.C., and Dayton, Mo.

Thursday, April 28, 1864

Fighting occurred at Princeton, Ark.; Johnson County, Mo.; and at the Big Bend of the Eel River, Calif. A minor bombardment began at Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, S.C., in which the Federal launched 510 rounds against the fort over the next week.

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Author Dean Urdahl to speak April 29

At Cokato Historical Society Annual Meeting

Minnesota author Dean Urdahl will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Cokato Historical Society. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Centennial Room of the Cokato Library. Please use the library entrance.

Mr. Urdahl, a former high school social studies teacher and current state representative, will speak on his most recent book, “Conspiracy: Who Really Killed Lincoln.” This is the fourth installment in his Uprising series.

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Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago April 20-26, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, April 20, 1864

Confederate troops under Brigadier General R.F. Hoke, aided by the C.S.S. Albemarle, captured Plymouth, N.C. The federals lost about 2,800 men and a large quantity of supplies. It was the first major Confederate victory in the area for a long time and brought hope to the defenders of the Atlantic coast.

Major General Samuel Jones succeeded General P.G.T. Beauregard in command of the Confederate Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Beauregard moved to the heavily threatened post of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina.

President Abraham Lincoln ordered death sentences that were exacted by court-martial to be commuted to imprisonment on Dry Tortugas of Key West, Fla. The President also conferred with Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant, who was completing plans for a spring offensive in Virginia.

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This Week in the American Civil War: April 13-19, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, April 13, 1864

Admiral David Dixon Porter, with his Federal gunboats, reached Grand Ecore, La., on the Red River, despite the rapidly falling water level and continued enemy harassment. Major General Nathaniel P. Banks’s Federal retreat continued with no hope of renewing the campaign.

In Arkansas, skirmishing broke out at and near Richland Creek, and on the Spring River near Smithville.

Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s men skirmished again at Columbus, Ky., after yesterday’s Fort Pillow Massacre.

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Did you know there was a Kimball Community Club?

Reprinted from the Tri-County News Jan. 25, 2001.

An organization known as the “Commercial Club” was organized around 1910 and remained active until 1921, when the Community Club was organized in Kimball. The Community Club was the forerunner of the Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce, organized in 1995.

The Kimball Community Club, the backbone of every civic enterprise in the vicinity of the village, is one of the reputed live, civic organizations in Central Minnesota. At present, the club is conducting an active campaign for obtaining extensive grading on the trunk highways which pass through the city.

The club meets the first Monday in every month, and a general session is held the last Monday of each month. The general sessions are open to the public. The Club was instrumental in organization of the Kimball Tri-County Fair Association which is planning to hold fall fairs as large as the largest in this section of the state.

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