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Minnesota’s Antietam re-enactors get flags and Capitol sendoff

A group of Minnesota Civil War buffs are headed to Maryland next week for a full-scale re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam.

It’s the 150th anniversary of the battle on Sept. 17, and the four re-enactors from Minnesota will get a stately send-off Wednesday at the Capitol.

Former Gov. Al Quie will there. His grandfather, Halvor Quie, who was a member of the First US Sharpshooters Regiment and then attached to the First Minnesota Regiment, suffered a serious injury  at Antietam. 

Also, there will be members of the Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force, which is sponsoring many events around the 150th anniversary of the war. The state is sending the 150th Civil War Commemoration Flag for the re-enactors to display on the battlefield. They’ll also take 12 smaller flags to put on the graves of Minnesotans buried at the military cemetery there.

The send-off is at 11:30 a.m. in the Governor’s Reception Room, which features some magnificent Civil War battle paintings:

  •   “The Battle of Gettysburg,” by Rufus F. Zogbaum
  •    “The Second Minnesota Regiment at Missionary Ridge,” by Douglas Volk
  •   “The Battle of Nashville,” by Howard Pyle
  •    “The Fourth Minnesota Regiment Entering Vicksburg,” by Francis D. Millet

(After visiting the Gettysburg battlefield last month, this seems pretty cool to me.)

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