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This year, 2011, marks the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War.
Minnesota in the Civil War: An Illustrated History by Kenneth Carley
Although Minnesota was one of the least populated states in 1861 when the Civil War broke out, and had achieved statehood less than 3 years earlier, Minnesotans —many of Scandinavian origin who had recently arrived in America, and quite a few who had not even become citizens in the U.S. yet — made enormous contributions to the Union cause and its ultimate success. In several northern states, specifically MN and WI, whole regiments were made up of Scandinavian immigrants.
Books and articles have been written about various individual Scandinavian-American regiments, but Carley's book -- rich in detail -- presents the first comprehensive picture of Minnesota's involvement in the Civil War. Carley, former editor of the magazine, "Minnesota History", knows historical material and his well-researched text is fully supplemented with soldiers' diaries and letters, rare photographs, tintypes, drawings, maps, uniforms and equipment. Appropriately subtitled "An Illustrated History," this book creates a vivid picture of the daily life of Minnesota's soldiers. Helpful and interestingly written are the Appendices which include a chronology of Minnesota's involvement in the Civil War and a list of Minnesota's regiments, respective officers and action in various battles. Also helpful, for one doing family research, is an index of names mentioned in the book.
Lifelong interest in history is apparent in the Foreword by Richard Moe, currently President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and in the Introduction and Epilogue by Brian Horrigan, Exhibit Curator and also Co-chair of the Education and Cultural Heritage Outreach Committees at the MN Historical Society. Both are authors in their own right, and their talent for making history come alive through great writing is apparent in the sections they contributed to this book. Award-winning author Horrigan is also co-editor of Christmas in Minnesota.CW - 02A Hardcover $49.95
CW - 02B Paperback $19.95
No more Gallant a Deed: A Civil War Memoir of the first Minnesota Volunteers
by James A. Wright, Orderly Sergeant in Company F; Steven J. Keillor, editor
Wright's memoir is based on his diaries and letters from this 3 years in Company F of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. Painstakingly edited by Keillor, this book has been called the fullest personal account of the battles, marches, and soldier life of one of the most renowned regiments in the Army of the Potomac. Richard Moe, referred to earlier on this page, has written that this book "is one of the best first-person accounts of the First Minnesota's remarkable story. It is certainly the most complete."
This regiment took part in every significant battle and action in the war in the East from 1861 to 1864; Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Bristoe Station. At Gettysburg, the First Minnesota halted the Confederate charge, and suffered an 82 percent casualty rate. Wright's account of this battle is striking in its description of the horror the men felt at facing their foes, their determination to do their duty, and the shock of the loss of so many of their comrades. Wright recalls the long marches, the poor food, the inadequate shelter, the dedicated officers, the debilitating illnesses, the longing for home, and yet a sense of pride to preserve the Union.
Keillor, a college teacher and author of books based on various facets of MN history, "stumbled" upon Wright's the letters and manuscript-in-the-making while Keillow was doing research for another book.
CW - 03 Hardcover $34.95
In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln put out a call for troops. Shortly after that, MN Governor Ramsey volunteered 1,000 men to defend the nation. Ramsey's plea was answered by 262 men, many new to MN or new to the US, and the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment — comprised of farmers, loggers, clerks, teachers, students, and lawyers — was formed. The volunteers were young, mainly in their late teens to mid-twenties, and some had not had time to even become U.S. citizens yet. Of the 262, only 47 volunteers came home.
In describing this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War author James McPherson wrote: "This is Civil War combat history as it should be written….the best thing of its kind that I have ever read."
Go If You Think It Your Duty: A Minnesota Couple's Civil War Letters by Andrea R. Foroughi
During the Civil War, James Madison Bowler and Elizabeth Caleff Bowler courted, married, became parents, and bought a farm. They attended dances, talked politics, and confided their deepest fears. However due to the war, they went to — and through — many of these events separately, sharing them with each other through hundreds of letters they wrote between 1861-65, the years that James fought with the Third Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.
The young couple soon realized war has a way of altering idealism. What had started out as an exciting adventure — a new town, new state, new marriage, and his strong love of country (a feeling shared by Lizzie who proclaimed "go if you think it your duty") — began to fade as separation and the war began to wear down both James and Lizzie. As their commitment to the war and to each other began to wane, the letters became more than love letters. The letters began to show their fears for, and frustration with, each other.
Thanks to painstaking research more than a century later by U of MN grad student, Andrea R. Foroughi, the teacher Bowler and one of his students, Lizzie Caleff, unintentionally became two of that era's best historians. Their letters, and this book which also contains 10 b&w photos, now provide readers with a window into one couple's experiences during the Civil War.
Brackett's Battalion by Kurt D. Bergemann
Norwegian Newspapers in America by Odd Lovoll
In the nineteenth century, the United States, "the land of newspapers," was also fast becoming the land of immigrants, with increasing numbers of Norwegians arriving amid the European influx. Already Skandinaven, published out of Chicago, kept newcomers and their Old World friends and family informed of political, religious, and social matters discussed in burgeoning Norwegian American communities.
From 1847 to today, more than 280 Norwegian-language papers were launched in cities ranging from Minneapolis to Fargo, Boston to Seattle. Some lasted just a few months; others continued for decades; all contributed to a developing Norwegian- American perspective.
Odd Lovoll traces newspaper ventures both successful and short lived to offer a comprehensive look at America’s Norwegian-language press. Highlighting diligent editors and analyzing topics of interest to readers through the years, Norwegian Newspapers in America demonstrates how newspapers pursued a twofold goal: forging a bridge to the homeland while nurturing cultural practices in the New World. Odd S. Lovoll is professor emeritus of history at St. Olaf College and the author of numerous books, including "Norwegians on the Prairie: Ethnicity and the Development of the Country Town."
IM - 11 Paperback $24.95
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