On this date 150 years ago, the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry organized at Fr. Snelling. Stephen A. Miller, who was in the mercantile and real estate business with Henry Swisshelm in St. Cloud, heard this first call for soldiers and went into action. He raised a company of local volunteers and brought them to join the First Regiment at Fort Snelling.
Gov. Mark Dayton has set up a Civil War Commemoration Task Force.Dayton said in a release that the task force will conduct public educational programs and encourage Minnesota organizations to participate in and develop programs that help expand appreciation for the Civil War.