Twin Cities Civil War Roundtable

Special offer for Teachers
Ancestors in the War

Annual Civil War Symposium

Victory at Last: 1865

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:15 A.M.
Fort Snelling History Center

Note: The following resources were recommended after the symposium, by Jo Ann Flirt, Blakeley State Park, Alabama:

  • History of the Campaign of Mobile, by C.C. Andrews, 1866 in the public domain
  • The Fall of Fort Blakely(cq) by Jim Noles, an illustrated nine-page selection originally published by the Alabama Heritage Magazine, Winter 2009, now found on  the Internet
  • Westwind-Flood Tide, the Battle of Mobile Bay by Jack Friend, the definitive book on that naval engagement
  • Vicksburg 1863 by Winston Groom (because it provided a preview of the Blakeley battle and some experts cite the fall of Vicksburg as the final, decisive battle of the war
  • University of Alabama press book on the CSS Alabama--interesting and well done.

Minnesota’s regiments were stationed throughout the south, guarded our western borders, fought at Mobile Bay, and
marched with Sherman. Following the surrenders of the Confederate armies and President Lincoln’s assassination, Governor Stephen Miller lobbied to bring the boys home. Our first units returned in late summer as US Colored Troops and regular regiments occupied the former Confederacy and took their places on the western frontier.

The Rochester, St. Croix Valley, Cannon Valley, Central Minnesota, Hiawatha Valley, Minnesota Valley, and Twin Cities Civil War Roundtables partner with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force to jointly sponsor this fifth Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium.


8:30 a.m. Registration
9:15 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Announcements, Stephen Osman
9:30 a.m. America and Minnesota in 1865, Ken Flies and Darryl Sannes
9:45 a.m. Round Table Brief Introductions
10:00 a.m. Minnesota at the Mobile Bay, Jo Ann Flirt, Blakeley State Park, Alabama
10:50 a.m. Break (browse a variety of Civil War related gifts and books)
11:15 a.m. Civil War Scholarship & Commemoration: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, Panel Discussion
Noon  Lunch Break
  Several fast food restaurants are also within a 5 minute drive of the Fort on West Seventh Street in St. Paul.
1:00 p.m.  Galvanized Minnesotans, John Lundstrom

1:45 p.m.

April 1865: An Eyewitness to our National Tragedy, Thomas Hosier
2:30 p.m. Report – The Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force, Darryl Sannes
2:45 p.m. Welcoming Our Boys Home, Matthew Cassady
3:15 p.m. Program closes

Fort Snelling History Center is at the junction of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, one mile east of the International Airport.  From Highway 55 take the Bloomington Road exit and follow the brown Historic Site signs to the big parking lot, then walk down the ramp into the Visitor Center.

Registration: FREE, but ADVANCED REGISTRATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED due to limited seating.

Buffet lunch:  $15.00 per person, including students (LIMITED TO FIRST 100 PAID RESERVATIONS).

To register: Send REGISTRATION FORM with check, payable to TCCWRT, no later than March 31, 2013, to:
Carol VanOrnum, 5540 Sanibel Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55343

Registration at door for overflow seating only.

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