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Fillmore County History Center hosts “Dinner with the Generals”


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in All Features

Civil War generals and Master of Ceremonies Mark Twain entertained a crowd at Fillmore County History Center’s “Dinner with the Generals” event on June 13. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

By Mitchell Walbridge

It’s not every day that you see gentlemen walking around, dressed in mid 1850s attire, recognizable by sporting American Civil War uniforms, entertaining a crowd with war stories from “back in the day.” No matter how rare the scene described above may sound, believe it, because General Ulysses S. Grant, General Jeb Stuart, and General George Armstrong Custer made their presence known on Thursday, June 13, at the Fillmore County History Center in Fountain, Minn. for its fundraising program titled “Dinner with the Generals.”

Master of Ceremonies George Scott of Hannibal, Mo. portrayed historically famous author and humorist Mark Twain. Following an introduction, attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner catered by the Branding Iron of Preston, Minn.

Following the meal each of the generals recounted tales of their Civil War experiences to the engaged audience. The crowd did much more than listen intently. A press conference-style discussion took place during the evening where audience members could fulfill their curiosity of history by asking questions directed toward any of the knowledgeable generals.

Larry Werline, of Sycamore, Ill., portrayed General Grant, Tom Peacock, of Caledonia, Ill., portrayed General Custer, and Andy Hare, of Belvidere, Ill., portrayed General Stuart.

Everything from family life in the 1800s, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, uniforms, the use of horses, battle strategy, and even different types of weapons were topics of discussion at the event.

The Fillmore County History Center has been and will continue to host Civil War themed events throughout 2013. Sponsors for “Dinner with the Generals” included Hammell Equipment, Preston Equipment, Fit Express, Preble Farmers’ Mutual, and the Jailhouse Inn.

The next event planned is Saturday, July 20, at 1pm. The upcoming presentation will be about Dr. Daniel Hand, the distinguished doctor and Civil War veteran who served in the First Minnesota Infantry. Also, on Saturday, October 19 the Fillmore County History Center will host the Fillmore County Historical Society’s annual meeting, which will feature special guest Michael Eckers who is an American military history author. His message will focus around the contributions and sacrifices made by young individuals to defend American freedoms.

All events take place at the Fillmore County History Center located at 202 County Road 8 in Fountain. For more information call the History Center at 507-268-4449.

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