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Colonel Charles P. Adams
RETURNED.-We are informed that the gallant Col. ADAMS, of the 1st Regiment, dangerously wounded at Gettysburg, and for a long time not expected to live, has returned home. He is able to get about on crutches, and there is fair prospects of his entire recovery.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) September 1, 1863]

Charles P. Adams

Lieut. Col. Charles P. Adams
The numerous friends of the brave officer will be pleased to learn that he has so far recovered from his wounds as to be able to walk about with the assistance of a cane, and he designs leaving for his regiment at an early day. His lung still troubles him materially, and the ball in his left knee will probably lame him for life; het he thinks that a few weeks in a warmer clime will enable him to take his place again at the head of his regiment - the First Minnesota - a body of men which any officer in the service would be proud to command.

At the breaking out of the war, Dr. Adams was publishing a Douglas democratic paper in this city. Suspending his business, he engaged actively in recruiting, and left on the 22d of June, 1861, with 102 men of the bone and sinew of our county, since known as Company H of the First Regiment, with the Dr. as captain. They joined the Army of the Potomac, and took prominent part in all the adventures which befell this well known division of our army, obtaining a reputation ever since maintained as being the crack regiment. They were invariably posted at the points of danger, making charges and bringing up the rear, and their thinned ranks attest their bravery and fighting qualities. Out of 18,000 men which have belonged to this organization, those first enlisted and recruits, less than 500 now remain alive. Capt. Adams was present at the battles of Bull Run, Conrad's Ferry, Siege of Yorktown, Lee's Lills, West Point, Fair Oaks, Peach Orchard, Savage's Station, White Oak Swamp, Glendale, Malvern, Hill, South Mountain, Antietam, and Charleston, and took an active part in each. He was wounded at Bull Run, Malvern Hill, and badly in the shoulder at Antietam. As the reward of his services he was promoted to the majority of the regiment, and was present at the two battles of Fredericksburg. Previous to the battle of Gettysburg the rank of lieutenant colonel was conferred on him, and in that great engagement he led the memorable charge which resulted so disastrously to the handful of men still remaining under his command. The enemy were strongly posted in a wood, from whence it became necessary to dislodge them. Twelve regiments had tried it and failed. The word came "will the First Minnesota try it?" They were then a mere skeleton of a regiment, but their courage was undaunted, and with loud cheers the assault was made, the enemy driven back, but with what a sacrifice. Only one of the seventeen officers remained unhurt. Col. Adams received six wounds: through the left lung, the fleshy part of the left arm, through the groin of the left leg, the ball passing out at the hip behind, in the left knee, the ball still there, in the fleshy part of the leg, and a buck shot in stomach, was supposed mortally wounded, and mercifully left to die without medical assistance. His best friends were convinced that there was no hope for him, and from Thursday till the Monday afternoon following he was left untouched, save having a piece of tenting thrown over him by a comrade as a slight protection from the soaking rain of Friday night and Saturday. On Monday he evinced signs of vitality enough to warrant the dressing of his wounds, which had became filled with maggots. Many days of pain and anguish followed, but, thanks to skillful treatment and a vigorous constitution, he was restored to health as by a miracle. Not one out of a thousand would have lived through it. But his work is not yet done. There is still for him to do and to dare, and one can not look upon his manly brow and piercing eye without feeling that whatever his country calls he is ready to go. Traitors, whether in the field or at home, cowe before that stern glance, and his arm is ever ready to deal a blow at one as at the other.

In the late canvass he has joined the noble host of war-democrats, and his voice, in common with Brady, Butler, Logan, and others, has repeatedly been heard in defense of the administration and in favor of a vigorous prosecution of the war. He is most severe in his dealings with the copperheads, and shows them no mercy. Though a life-long democrat, he supported the Union Ticket of this state with heart and soul, making several telling speeches to the voters of this county.

In social life the colonel is a gentleman, courteous and hospitable, and quite popular with the people. And in view of his capabilities, his undisputed bravery, his services in the field, and his numerous wounds and sufferings incur in defense of his country, we feel confident that we are not bespeaking too much to ask that he be made a brigadier-general. And not we alone, but the citizens of this county generally, among whom he has lived so long, desire it. Such a consummation would be hailed, not only as his just due, but as a fresh honor to a town which has sent of its best blood in support of the government. Shall he have it? We leave it for the powers that be to decide.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Tuesday, November 10, 1863, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Col. Adams

DEPARTURE. - Col. Adams left for his regiment on Tuesday evening last, bearing with him the good wishes of all his numerous friends in the state. The Colonel is bound to make his mark yet. He had in charge four deserters from the First, who have been lying around for months and just discovered. One of them was original'y from Winona.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Tuesday, November 24, 1863, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

C. P. Adams
PERSONAL. Gen. C. P. ADAMS has returned to this city, having been recently mustered out after five year's active and honorable service. Welcome home.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Tuesday, July 3, 1866]

E. D. Barker

ENLISTED. - E. D. Barker, an old resident of this town and a brother typo, has enlisted in the company forming for the new cavalry regiment by Smith, Ray, and Parliman. Good for Ed., and may fortune attend him in the gory field.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Tuesday, November 21, 1865]

Keith Christophersen

Two Minnesotans killed prior to Viet settlement

By The Associated press
The Vietnam war ended Monday for the wives of two Minnesota men who were serving with the U. S. Navy in Southeast Asian waters.

Rick Wiehr, Courtland, Minn., and Keith Christophersen, whose parents live in South St. Paul, were killed in a plane crash off the coast of Vietnam just two days before the cease-fire was announced.

"If the cease-fire had just come a couple of weeks earlier," said Ann Christophersen a native of Dilworth, Minn., who now lives in Alameda, Calif., the home base for the aircraft Carrier Ranger, with her 3-month-old daughter, Heidi.

Christophersen, who joined the Navy after graduating from the University of Minnesota, was the navigator on the plane that crashed into the sea after being catapulted from the deck of the aircraft carrier.

Mrs. Christophersen said she was told the men had no chance to eject from the A3 airplane, an electronic counter-measures plane equipped with special gear that scrambles enemy radar.

Kathy Wiehr said she had been unaware that her husband, who was an electronics repairman, ever went up in planes.

"I used to feel so sorry for those wives whose husbands were in the jungle," she said, "we never even talked about anything happening. He'd been out there once before, for six months on the Enterprise, and it never crossed my mind that he might . . . that something would happen."

Mrs. Wiehr has a 17-month-old son, Chad.

"He'll never see Chad again," she said crying. "He was six months old before Rick saw him the first time but it wasn't any time before they were playing together like they'd always been together."

The Wiehrs didn't talk about the war too much, she said. Now Mrs. Wiehr wants "people to know what this is like - what it means to go through this. They ought to get it (the war) over for good."

Both wives said their husbands had not minded serving, but had been looking forward to getting out of the service. They both had volunteered because they were about to be drafted.

"Flying was a job for him," Mrs. Christophersen said of her husband. "He wasn't in love with it or anything like that."

The deaths boosted to 1,013 the number of Minnesotans to die in the Vietnam war. But they may be the last.
Source: The Daily Journal (Fergus Falls, MN) January 25, 1973.

Col. Donaldson
MILITARY. - Our Town abounds in military, and shoulder straps are quite plenty. We have noticed Maj. Downie, of the 1st, Lieut. Collins, of the 7th, and several others. We are indebted to Col. Donaldson, formerly of the 4th, and now of the army of the Mississippi, for a copy of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen, printed on wall paper, and other relics.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) September 15, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Francis B. Etherridge
SURGEON OF THE FIFTH. - The Governor has appointed Dr. Francis B. Etherridge, of Hastings, as Surgeon of the Fifth Regiment. The Assistant Surgeon has not yet been appointed. - Press.
Source: The Goodhue Volunteer (Red Wing, MN) April 9, 1862

O. T. Hayes

Maj. O. T. Hayes arrived in town last week
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) November 3, 1863]

Major O. T. Hayes
Maj. O. T. Hayes, of the Mounted Infantry, has been in town for a day or two, looking remarkably well. He leaves to-day for St. Paul.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) September 8, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

August H. Hinrichs

WASHINGTON (AP)-Names of Army men from the North Central states area that appeared on the list of Allied prisoners believed to be in Communist hands but not acknowledged by the Reds included:
Tech. Sgt. August H. Hinrichs Jr., husband of Mrs. Dorothy Ernestine Hinrichs, Rosemount, Minn.
Second Lieut. James D. Smith Jr., son of James D. F. Smith, St. Paul.
Sgt. First Class Joseph J. Solem, son of Mrs. H. C. Solem, Bridgewater, S. D.
Pfc, Jullian A. Guerrero, son of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Guerrero, Lead, S. D.
Sgt. Louis H. Bergmann, son of Louis J. Bergmann, St. Paul.
The list includes three Wisconsin names:
Sgt. Edward H. Collins, son of Harry Louis Collins, Rt. 2, Grandmarsh; Pfc. Richard J. Schultz, son of Joe P. Schultz, Two Rivers, and Pfc. Lamar F. Hassel, son of Peter J. Hassel, Tomahawk.
[Source: The Winona Republican-Herald (MN) March 6, 1952, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

B. C. Howes

PERSONAL. - We notice the familiar face of our townsman, B. C. Howes, again on our streets. He has dissolved his connection with the army for this winter.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) November 3, 1863]

W. G. Le Duc
Returned.-Among the many returned soldiers we notice Brevet Brig. Gen. W. G. LeDuc, of this city. It is said he intends devoting a portion of his time to agricultural pursuits, and has sent home a variety of valuable animals, including a number of Cashmere goats, to stock his farm. From his well-known activity and energy, we expect his efforts will prove successful.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Hastings, Minnesota, Tuesday, August 22, 1865]

John Kennedy

L. W. Collins

Promoted.-Capt. JOHN KENNEDY and Lieut. L. W. COLLINS, of this city, and formerly of the Seventh Regiment, have received honorary commissions respectively as major and captain, for good conduct and soldierly qualities. Here's to you, gentlemen.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Tuesday, January 2, 1866] mkk

Private George J. Lucking
Killed in Action.

George J. Lucking, Hastings, Minn.
[Source: Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL) Sept. 28, 1918] mkk

F. J. Mead
Appointed.-Lieut. F. J. MEAD has received the appointment as quartermaster at Fort Abercrombie, and started for his post early in the week.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Tuesday, January 2, 1866] mkk

Edward Parliman
PROMOTED.-First Lieut. Edward Parliman has been appointed captain of Company F, Second Cavalry, vice Smith resigned.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Hastings, Minnesota, Tuesday, May 16, 1865] mkk

A. J. Patch
PROMOTED.-We learn that A. J. Patch of this city has been promoted from the hospital department of the 7th regiment to the position of sergeant-major. A deserving appointment
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) Tuesday, August 4, 1863] mkk

Adjutant Peller
RETURNED. - Adjt. PELLER, of the 1st Minnesota, arrived in town on Sunday evening. He is suffering with a wound in the shoulder, and looking quite thin, but hopes soon to be able to return to duty.
[Circa Civil War]

John Peller
A Good Appointment.-Lieut. John Peller, of this place, has been appointed adjutant general of the state in place of Malmros, who goes as consul to Galatz. Mr. Peller was adjutant of the old first regiment when it returned from service, and gained honorable reputation as a business man and an officer. He yet bears the scars of Gettysburg, and a disabled arm attests his fidelity to the country of his adoption. It is very gratifying to his friends in this vicinity to learn of the promotion.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Hastings, Minnesota, Tuesday, May 16, 1865] mkk

J. C. Pride

Joseph Pitcher

RETURNED.-We notice that Dr. J. C. Pride has returned from the army, looking rather thin and the worse for wear. Also Joseph Pitcher, from the 3d Regiment.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) August 18, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]



General Sibley was born at Detroit, Michigan, February 20, 1811. His father was Judge Solomon Sibley, a native of Massachusetts. His mother was Sarah W. Sproat, a daughter of Col. Ebenezer Sproat, who was an officer in the patriot army in the War of the Revolution. Her maternal grandfather was Commodore Abraham Whipple, of the American navy. General Sibley settled at Mendota in 1834, where he lived for twenty-eight years. He became the chief factor in the fur trade, and knew the general character of the country and its occupants, and his knowledge of the characteristics of the Indians probably surpassed that of any other white man at the time. He traded with them, learned their language, visited them, hunted with them and lodged in their tepees and wigwams. He spoke the Sioux language fluently, and was a good French scholar. The Indians gave him two names; one was Wah-ze-o-man-nee ("Walker in the Pines"), and the other Wah-pe-ton-hauska ("The Tall Trader"). He was the first delegate elected to Congress from the Territory of Minnesota. This was October 30, 1848. On the third day of March, 1849, he secured the passage of the organic act establishing the Territory of Minnesota, his former election as delegate having been from that portion of Wisconsin left over after its admission as a state. This organic act provided that Minnesota should retain for educational purposes sections sixteen and thirty-six of each township, and constituted the basis of Minnesota's grand educational system of today.

After the expiration of his term in congress he repeatedly held many important offices, but none so momentous as that of commander of the military forces against the hostile Sioux, from 1862 to 1865, first commissioned colonel the day after the Indian outbreak, and six days after the battle of Wood Lake he was appointed brigadier general by the president. Estimated and measured according to his merits, General Sibley was a great man, and his military record won for him much praise, but not the renown it deserved. Fate is not as kind to some men as it ought to be, while others ride on the waves of popular applause, through partisan bias and personal friend ship, where real merit is frequently wanting. The manner in which General Sibley planned and carried out his Indian campaign, his rescue of the 270 captives held as prisoners by the hostile Indians, his love for our educational institutions, his generosity and sense of personal honor and integrity, entitle his name to be revered and his acts regarded by the present and future generations as worthy of praise and admiration. He died February 18, 1891.
Source: Indian Outbreaks by Daniel Buck, Ex-Judge of the Supreme Court of Minnesota. 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Thomas M. Smith

VOLUNTEERING.-We learn that Thomas M. Smith, of this city, is endeavoring to raise a company for the new cavalry regiment, and has already secured some ten or twelve men. Mr. Smith is a good man, and no better opportunity can be offered to those wishing to enlist for the defense of our country.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) November 3, 1863] mkk

Freeland G. Stevens
Included on the Roster of the Fourth Regiment, Company K
Freeland G. Stevens, age 23, mustered in, Aug. 30, 1864 and Mustered out June 12, 1865
Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861-1865, Volume 1, by Minnesota Board of Commissioners on Publication of History of Minnesota in Civil and Indian Wars, 1890.

Albert Truax
PROMOTED. – Sergt. Albert Truax of Company F, 2d Cavalry, has been commissioned as second lieutenant, vice Van Doren, promoted.
[Source: Hastings Conserver (Minnesota) Tuesday, June 6, 1865] mkk

Isaac Van Doren
PROMOTED.-Second Lieut. Isaac Van Doren has been appointed first lieutenant, vice Parliman, promoted.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Hastings, Minnesota, Tuesday, May 16, 1865] mkk

Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman unless otherwise indicated

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