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Fillmore County in the Civil War The Battle Cry of Freedom songs and stories of the Civil War


Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Features

One hundred and fifty years ago this April, the American Civil War ended. Wits’ End Theatre will commemorate that event, and the sacrifice and valor of Fillmore County soldiers who served in the Union army, with The Battle Cry of Freedom, on April 10 in Chatfield and April 11 in Preston.

Southeastern Minn. was already a well populated area of farms and newly established towns (Chatfield, Preston, and further north a little place called Rochester) when the Civil War began in April 1861. Hundreds of local men and boys volunteered to fight the rebellion and preserve the Union. The Battle Cry of Freedom is a concert of the great songs of the Civil war era—When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Marching Through Georgia, and many others (even Dixie)—and between the songs it tells the story of the soldiers and their families back home in Minnesota.

Those stories will focus on Company B of the Fifth Minn. Infantry Regiment. Organized in early 1862, the Fifth Minn. became famous for its service in the Dakota War here in Minn. in August of that year, and for its exploits at Vicksburg and the Red River campaign in 1863 and 1864. Company B of the Fifth Regiment (infantry regiments had ten companies of 85-100 men, each company designated by a letter A-K) was made up almost entirely of men from Chatfield and Preston.

It was at Nashville, Tenn. on December 15-16, 1864 that the Fifth Minn. played its most important part in the war. At Nashville, a Union army commanded by General George Thomas decisively defeated the Confederate force of General John Bell Hood, essentially ending the Civil War in what was known as the war’s western theater. That victory was terribly costly to Minn.

Minn. was a brand new state with a small population. But four Minn. regiments fought at Nashville and were in the thick of the battle. Minn. lost more men at Nashville than did any other state. Among the 98 Minnesotans who fell there were Sergeant Joel Underwood of Preston and Private James Dunn of Chatfield. In the final charge on the rebel line at a place called Shy’s Hill, Lieutenant Tom Gere of Chatfield captured the battle flag of the Fourth Miss. Infantry. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallantry.

Today only one state flag is accorded the honor of flying atop Shy’s Hill in Nashville: Minnesota’s.

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EDA 2014 activities reviewed

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chris Giesen, Community Development Coordinator, reported on the 2014 activities of the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) at the city council’s March 23 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. The EDA’s seven person board meet ..... 
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County awarded funds

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Features

The Minnesota State Set-Aside Committee for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program has recommended $2,800 be awarded to Fillmore County. The money is used to provide emergency food and shelter to people in need of them. The local board is mad ..... 
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Local American Family Insurance agent Kiel Anderson earns honor for customer service

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Kiel Anderson, an American Family Insurance agent in Preston, Minn. has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “At American Family, the custo ..... 
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Root River One Watershed, One Plan is the future of water management

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Features

In June, 2014, the Root River watershed was selected as one of five pilots in the state of Minnesota to demonstrate the transition of water management from county-based water plans to watershed-based plans. Water doesn’t obey political boundaries, ..... 
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“Willie’s” part of Fillmore County history

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

There are some people who need only one name to be recognized. In Fillmore County, one of those people was “Willie” of Willie’s Grocery and Locker of Fountain, Minn. When the name Willie came up in a conversation, odds were everyone knew who ..... 
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Half century of service celebrated

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Phil Abrahamson won re-election for another term after a half century of service as Holt Township’s treasurer on March 10. Abrahamson expected to once again take his oath of office, but was surprised by a gathering of friends, a beautiful cake, an ..... 
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Music legend Jonathan Edwards will play at the St. Mane Theatre

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro, Minn. – Music legend Jonathan Edwards will perform at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception for all concert attendees following the show, held upstairs in the newly renovated studio space ..... 
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Correction - March 16, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal the press release titled “Mabel Area Food Shelf seeking volunteers and holding training”

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Features

In the March 16, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal the press release titled “Mabel Area Food Shelf seeking volunteers and holding training”, it was stated that the food shelf is open Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., except for the third Thursd ..... 
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