Two Civil War Museum programs on Saturday

The Civil War Museum is hosting two free programs on Saturday, November 17th.  The museum is located at 5400 First Avenue, in downtown Kenosha.

The first is “Minnesota’s Other Civil War:  The Dakota Conflict of 1862.”  It starts at 1 pm, and it’s being presented by Stephen Osman.  The Dakota War of 1862 was the single most important event in Minnesota’s 154-year history.  In six tragic weeks, the western half of the state was depopulated.  Minnesota’s Dakota people were evicted from the state, leaving scars that remain to this day.  Learn about the causes, visit the battlefields, and consider the legacy of the Dakota War.

Osman recently 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.

This lecture is being sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association.

The second program is also free and open to the public.  It starts at 2:30 pm, and it’s called “The Iron Brigade in Civil War and Memory.”  Lance Herdegen’s latest book puts flesh and faces on the men of the Iron Brigade who sat around the campfires, marched through mud, snow, and dust, fought to put down the rebellion, and recorded much of what they did and witnessed for posterity.

This magnificent new work is based on decades of research and includes scores of unpublished letters, photos, journals, and other primary accounts.  The book, which also includes reunion and memorial coverage until the final expiration of the last surviving member, will be the last word on the Iron Brigade for the forseeable future.

Copies of the book will be also available for purchase and signing on Saturday.

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