Minnesota’s 32nd star had hardly been added to the American flag when Minnesotan’s were called upon to preserve the Union that she had just joined. Not only that, but a year later Minnesotan’s were called upon to fight in another Civil War. This one within the boundaries of their own state. After years of abuse and broken promises, the Dakota people rebelled and tried to reclaim their lost lands which resulted in a bloody war on the Minnesota frontier. Learn all about Minnesota’s very rocky start through a hands-on, interactive, living history, multi-media presentation that comes to your school.
After Southerners fired on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers for 90 days to put down the rebellion in the South. Even before he put out the call for troops, Minnesota had already offered an infantry regiment of 1000 men to the President. They would be called the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment and they would fight in every major battle in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War with their service culminating in the heroic charge that saved the day at Gettysburg. While these men were off fighting in the East, another Civil War broke out within the boundaries of their own state. After years of abuse and broken promises, the Dakota people rose up in anger and attacked settlers on the frontier in an attempt to drive them out to regain their lands. Minnesota was one of the youngest states in the nation; the 32nd star on a flag of 34. Being embroiled in two civil wars at the same time was a very rocky beginning for the fledgling state. Sergeant Kind will bring this exciting yet tragic story of Minnesotans in conflict to life for your students. Contact him today to schedule your historical experience.