This photograph is of an old double door school. It was said that the school may have also been used for township meetings.  The school is located at the borders of Burnside and Welch townships. The ruins are on what is now a private farm.
Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
It was siad that some of the first settlers in the area were among John Brunson, Andrew Cotter, Charles Spates, John Rezin, Norris Hobart, James Shaw and others like Mrs. David Wright & Rev. Norris Hobart.

It was belived that Rev. Rezin Spates conducted the first religous sermon at the home of a Mr. John Leeson.

More settlers came like John E. Eggleston, Joseph Eggleston, Marshall Cutter, Willard Wood, Kinsley Wood and others.

The first death in the township was believed to that of Mrs. John Brunson.

J.F. Enz & Mary F. Wright were the first couple in the township to be married.

Mrs. Samuel Cutler was said to have had the first bith when her daughter was born.

In Spring Creek, a flour mill was built by Sterns & Hobart.

J.E. Eggleston conducted the first school in the township.

The first towship meeting was held.

Minnesota becomes the 32nd State in May of 1858

In population in 1860 was 55 citizens.

The Civil War Years

A Call To Arms is sent through out  Goodhue County to raise a company of men.  

The Boys from Burnside answered the call.  Some make there way to Red Wing and joined in with the 1st company being formed as well as other future companies. The Goodhue Volunteers soon to become Co. F of the First Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry. Once at Fort Snelling, the call is changed from 90 days to 3 years. Some men come back home not being able to leave their homes for so long a time, but would join in other future regiments that are called to be made.

During the Dakota Conflict, after the Indian attack on New Ulm in August, Companies of Civilian Soldiers were formed to protect the towns across the lands of Minnesota.  On August 24,1862 a company of this type was organized in Goodhue County. The Goodhue County Rangers There were 36 men in this company. It was to act as a Home Guard for the area and served until September 22, 1862. It served as the southern defense of the frontier. Some of these companies saw action in the Indain War of 1862 and did have casualties. One other company in Red Wing was The Red Wing Cavalry.
This page was last updated on: March 17, 2012
The following is a time line that starts with the first settlement and runs through the Civil War years.  Certainly there is more than is mentioned here. The purpose of this is to give a person a view of what life was like in the years preceding and during the Civil War and to learn a bit about the people in the area.
All of this information is from documented accounts.  Sources and credits are found on my Source page.
E-Mail me, if you have documented history of Burnside, or of a person in this time period from Pine Island of the Civil War Era, that you would like to share.  I am always adding to this site.
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Thanks for the visit                          Date of page Feruary 07, 2008
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Goodhue County in the Civil War
Goodhue County in the Civil War
What could you get for your money in Burnside in those days?

One  Dozen Eggs- 7 Cents, One Dozen Candles- 15 cents, Edds Shirt- 75 cents, Towels- 10 cents, Drawers- 75 cents, Slippers- 50 cents, Dressing Gowns- $1.47, Pillow Cases 12 1/2 cents, Shoes $2.50, Socks- 20 cents and Postage was 10 cents a letter.
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Music of the Civil War  Midi music by Dayle K.
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Minnesota's First County Historical Society est. 1869
Burnside was represented in both the eastern & western theaters of the Civil Wa. In the eastern with The Goodhue Volunteers, Co. F of the 1st Regiment. The 1st Regiment was the only Minnesota regiment to fight in the eastern theater of the war in the Army of the Potomac, In the western theater where most of Minnesota's men were, There were men in the Indian uprising  with such regiments as the Third Minnesota as well as others.
Note: The township of Welch did not exist as a Township at this Time. At  this time, Welch Township was part of what was known as Burnside Township.  Welch Township was first petitioned to the county in 1864 as to be it's own township and was called Grant township until 1872 when the name was changed to Welch.