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History Break: Fort Snelling and the Civil War

July 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Spend your lunch hour at the Goodhue County History Center for our free monthly lunch and learn program. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch with them while they soak up stories. 

One hundred fifty years ago our state offered the first volunteers to defend the union.  Every Minnesota soldier passed through historic Fort Snelling as did Confederate prisoners and Dakota Indian families.  The venerable Fort eventually expanded to include several large Indian camps, massive stock yards, huge warehouses, and secure barracks for draftees before finally reverting to a supply depot in 1865.

Learn about Fort Snelling’s Civil War through the stories, letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts of the people who were there in the 1860s.


Stephen Osman is a graduate of St. Olaf College who retired as senior historian with the Minnesota Historical Society.  He managed Historic Fort Snelling for over three decades, and actively researches, speaks and writes about Minnesota’s role in the Civil War and the Dakota War.  Osman served with the US Army Reserve in Psychological Operations at Fort Snelling and is a board member of several Minnesota historical organizations.  He is the author of numerous articles in history journals and the book Fort Snelling and the Civil War just published by the Ramsey County Historical Society



July 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Goodhue County History Center
1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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