Monthly roundtable keeps Civil War history alive

Group meets fourth Monday of the month in Stillwater


Cliff Buchan
Staff Writer

It’s now more than 150 years since Minnesota Civil War troops made a pivotal charge that helped save the day at the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863. But interest in the Civil War and the efforts by the sons of early Minnesotans still remains strong.

Each month in Stillwater, history lovers and Civil War buffs gather at the Lowell Inn on the fourth Monday to socialize and hear Civil War experts speak on the war that saved the union. The St. Croix Valley Civil War Roundtable is now in its 20th year and will take on a new topic at its next monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 25.

“General Herman Haupt” is the topic next Monday as guest speaker Mike Mackner of Marine on St. Croix will discuss railroading during the Civil War. Haupt was a civil engineer and railroad construction engineer who was responsible for constructing and operating military railroads during the Civil War.

The dinner meetings are open to the public and reservations for next Monday are still possible. A social period is at 5:30 p.m. A buffet dinner is served at 6 with the presentation at 7.

Dinner cost with advance registration is $22. The cost is $27 without reservation. To make reservations, call Steve Anderson at 715-386-1268 or email Anderson at [email protected]

The Lowell Inn is at 102 N. 2nd St. in downtown Stillwater.

According to its website, the St. Croix Valley Civil War Roundtable is a non-profit chartered member of the national Civil War Association. The roundtable was established in 1993, with initial meetings in Hudson, WI, and Stillwater. Most members live in the east metro area of the Twin Cities, and in Hudson and surrounding areas.

Along with providing a meeting forum for discussion of historical issues primarily focused on the Civil War, the club has ongoing goals of promoting interest in the Civil War, providing educational programs, and supporting community efforts in civil war recognition and preservation activities.

The club has made annual financial donations to nonprofit organizations, such as the Grand Army of The Republic Museum in Litchfield, the Confederate Museum in New Orleans, and to various civil war historical sites and preservation activities.

In addition, the organization recently sponsored the republication of Edwin Quiner’s, “The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union,” a definitive work on Wisconsin soldiers in the Union army. This hardcover book is 1180 pages and includes a new genealogical index of approximately 13,000 names.

The roundtable organization works cooperatively with other civil war round tables in Minnesota and Wisconsin to offer joint educational programs, and with state and county historical societies to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the U.S. Civil War.

No meeting will take place in December but the St. Croix Valley Civil War Roundtable will resume on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 with the topic: “1863: The Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Ana and Cold Harbor.”

Guest speaker for the first meeting of 2014 is Stoney Stonecipher.