“Remember The Alamo!” Most Americans are familiar with this famous slogan, and many of us have visited the still standing shrine in San Antonio that pays respect to the 187 brave Americans and Texans who sacrificed their lives on March 6th, 1836 for the future statehood of Texas.
But if asked “Remember the Minnesota 1st Regiment at Gettysburg?” most would probably have no knowledge or recollection of the 262 brave young Minnesota boys who twice turned the tide of battle at Gettysburg the first week of July, 150 years ago. 82% of the Minnesotans were killed or wounded, and it proved to be the most costly percentage of loss by any Union fighting unit in the entire Civil War. Outnumbered by 5 to 1 on the battlefield, their courage against overwhelming numbers is cited by historians as one of the most daring and successful in American history.
Saturday, July 6th at 2 PM in the Reif Center, local musicians will present a free concert to honor the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the gallant bravery and sacrifice of the undefeatable Minnesota First Volunteer Regiment, as well as all our brave veterans past and present that have preserved our freedoms.
Musical selections, authored and performed by Americans both North and South, will reveal more than spoken words the heart and spirit of the dedicated troops on both sides who fought, bled and died in “The War To Save Our Union”.
Selected portions of unpublished letters to his daughter by Private William H. Bassett, Company E, First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment will give us a first hand account of the war making. These letters are kindly shared with us by his family who later settled in Itasca County.
The Concert is free, open to the public and will run about 90 minutes. It is produced to be 100% family oriented for people of all ages, and relies on the delicate words of a father to his daughter to describe his battle experiences.