Last week, Bill Semans, Director of No More Gallant a Deed, and I travelled to Rochester and Winona to speak to their Civil War Roundtables. We had a terrific time. Both groups were energetic and engaged. They asked many good questions about the project both in terms of its subject matter and how we plan on telling this rich and dramatic story.
We spoke in Rochester on Wednesday night and Winona on Thursday. Since it is a short trip between these two Southeastern Minnesota cities, we took our time and made a side trip to see the Pickwick Mill located in Pickwick, Minnesota which was named after Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. The mill ground grain for the Union Army. Later, we drove past the Bunnell House, a Civil War era home located in Homer, Minnesota.
Then, on a beautiful afternoon, we visited the Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona to seek out the graves of some members of Company K, especially that of Charlie Goddard. Charlie enlisted at 15 and wrote wonderful letters home to his mother. She said he could go off to war if he promised to write regularly. This he did and he will be one of the personalities we follow through the entire story of the 1st Minnesota.
The other photo included here is that of Stephen Taylor. He is reputed to be the only soldier from the American Revolution buried west of the Mississippi. The legend on his gravestone notes that he fought with Ethan Allan and the Green Mountain Boys in the battle for Fort Ticonderoga. This claim is a contested one. But it is a good story.