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Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
The first settler that was said to have remained here was Reading Woodward.
Joseph Seymour, THomas Haggard, R. Carlton, Charles Lent. A Blackmer were among those who came next as well as Samuel and William Sheilds, Silas Merriman and others.
The Christian Desciples met and was the first know religious organization. David Haggard gave this said sermon in the dwelling of James Haggard.
A post office was established in a part of the township once called Fairpoint. It was said, several buildings as well were bult there.
E.C. Comstock conducted school in the first log school house that was built.
John Hart and Elizabeth Haggard were the first married.
The first death was that of T.B. Haggard's daughter, Eliza Jane.
The town had it's first town meeting and was organized.
Minnesota becomes the 32nd state in 1858.
The population in 1860 was 328 Citizens.
The Civil War Years
The log school house was replaced with a stone school house that was built.
A Call To Arms is sent through out Goodhue County to raise a company of men. The Boys from Cherry Grove 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 5, 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 Cherry Grove, 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.
Thanks for the visit Date of page Jan. 31, 2008
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For more Cherry Grove Civil War History, to see Rosters,
Goodhue County in the Civil War
What could you get for your money in Central Point 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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I am looking for a copy of a photograph of a street scene, or building of sorts for this page of the Civil War Era 1861 -1865.
I am not sure how close to this time period can be found. 2nd choices 1865-1880 that may reflect Cherry Grove in the 1800'
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Cherry Grove 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.
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