Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

Date: Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Location: LeDuc Historic Estate
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Fees: $7 per person, $5 for DCHS members

Call 651-438-8480 or register below to reserve your place today!

Come enjoy this new event, as you sip coffee and eat pastries in the LeDuc's house and learn about an important area of history.

Joseph Fitzharris will be doing a presentation and book reading from his soon to be released:The Hardest Lot of Men.  Check out the excerpt below for more information about this fascinating topic!

"Outstanding in appearance, discipline, and precision at drill, the 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry was often mistaken for a regular army unit. Rebel Colonel Ponder termed the regiment “the hardest lot of men he’d ever run against.” Betrayed by its higher commanders, the 3rd Minnesota was surrendered to Nathan Bedford Forrest on July 13, 1862, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Through letters, personal accounts of the men, and other sources, author Joseph C. Fitzharris recounts how the Minnesotans, prisoners of war broken in spirit and morale, went home and found redemption and renewed purpose fighting the Dakota Indians. Reorganized, they were sent south, and fought guerrillas along the Tennessee River. In the process, the regiment was forged anew as a superbly drilled, disciplined, and tough fighting unit. The 3rd served in the siege of Vicksburg and in the Arkansas Expedition that took Little Rock. At Pine Bluff, Arkansas, even as sickness so reduced its numbers that the 3rd was twice unable to muster enough men to bury its own dead, the regiment bore more than its share of anti-guerrilla scouts. In both Tennessee and Arkansas, the Minnesotans actively supported US Colored Troops and provided many officers for USCT units.

The Hardest Lot of Men follows the 3rd through occupation to war’s end when the returning men, deeming the citizens of St. Paul insufficiently appreciative, spurned a celebration in their honor. In this first full account of the regiment, Fitzharris brings to light the true story long obscured by the official histories and illustrates myriad aspects of a nineteenth-century soldier’s life—enlisted and commissioned alike, from recruitment and training to the rigors of active duty. The Hardest Lot of Men gives us an authentic picture of the 3rd Minnesota, at once both singular and representative of its historical moment.

Volume 67 in the Campaigns & Commanders series

Joseph C. Fitzharris is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He previously edited Patton’s Fighting Bridge Builders: Company B, 1303rd Engineer General Service Regiment."










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