This photo taken some years after the Civil War reflects the blacksmiths  and perhaps gives an example of what a busy shop may have looked like. This blacksmith was William McCorkel of Stanton. c1900
Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
Note: Stanton was called Lillian during the Civil War. The men that enlisted at that time gave Lillian as their place of residence when they enlisted. Lillian is Stanton. Before 1858, This area is refered to as Stanton. After 1858, The name of the organized township is Lillian at the time of the Great Rebellion. Research both names of this township when seeking information of this era.

It has been believed that Stephen Hicks was the first settler in the area.
Other settlers were Alonzo Dibble, Mr. Parks and George Seasons. Still others like William Thomas, James H Payton and John Season came.

Small sod dwellings were among the early dwellings

The first death was said that of Mrs. Goerge Seasons.

Still others came like Wm. Stanton, Sr. George Gould, John Emerson, Darius McNeil, Samual Daniels and many others like the Van Guilder family, Goudy J. Lee, Johnathon Miller, W.E. Poe & R.M. Poe and stll others flowed into the area as to settle and those who were passing through.

In October, George Gould and Experience Daniels were married.  The pastor came from Red Wing, a Rev. J.W. Hancock.

The first religious service was said to have been held in the winter of 1855 and 1856.

It was about now that the first school was conducted by Wm. (William) Cleveland.

The township was organized about this time and although the people of the area had voted toset the name as Stanton, there was siad to have been some kind of objection through the state athorites so Lillian was the name given and Stanton was organized under that name. The name was changed back to Stanton at a later date.

Minnesota becomes the 32nd state in 1858.

The population  in 1860 was  265 citizens.

The Civil War Years

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

The Boys from Lillian 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 Lillian, 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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Goodhue County in the Civil War
Goodhue County in the Civil War
What could you get for your money in Lillian 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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Lillian 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.