Greetings from Austin, Minnesota! Located on I-90, visitors from the west will come through this major city located on the Cedar River.
Austin is the home of the Fortune 500 company -- Geo. A. Hormel & .....
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Painting the Dakota, Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling, by Marybeth Lorbiecki, Afton Historical Society Press.
A West Point graduate, Seth Eastman was a 19th century career army officer, who also happened to be an accomplished painter. In 1830 Eastman was stationed at Fort Snelling, which at the time, was the westernmost outpost in the country. Eastman started sketching the surrounding countryside paying particular attention to the customs and activities of the Dakota and the Ojibwe Indians of the area.
Eastman left Minnesota two years later for other assignments but returned to Fort Snelling in 1841 as Post Commander. By then he also had a reputation as one of America’s best landscape artists.
In Painting the Dakota, Marybeth Lorbiecki tells the engaging story of how Eastman juggled the two unlikely career pursuits of soldiering and painting. Her stories of the daily rhythms of the Dakota - their celebrations and games, their hunting and fishing practices and more - compliment the vivid images of Eastman’s watercolors.
These paintings along with Lorbiecki’s narrative are a powerful testament to an extinct way of life and a part of Minnesota’s history, that sadly, we know too little about.
Minnesota in the Civil War, An Illustrated History, by Kenneth Carley, Minnesota State Historical Press.
On July 2, 1863, a regiment of soldiers from the First Minnesota made a charge against Confederate lines at the Battle of Gettysburg. Author Kenneth Carley describes the men as, "way-worn and foot sore. . . weather-beaten, soil-stained, dirty and ragged from weeks of tramping and camping in heat and in dust, in rain and in mud . . ." Of the 262 Minnesotans who charged on that hot July day, only 47 of them came through unscathed. All told, the First Minnesota casualties amounted to 82 percent of their number killed or wounded.
"(We) got the worst cutting up we ever had - but not as is usually the case - without any satisfaction. To tell you the truth we did whip the Rebs handsomely, .....
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