Although not an old photograph, these two aged and weathered  women reenactors portray camp life of the early settlers that would have settled here in Wacouta and in other areas of  Goodhue County as well. This is actually a photograph taken at a Civil War reenactment.

I am in need of an old Wacouta photo for this page.
Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
The earliest settlers were known to be George W. Bullard and Abner W. Post. It was said that Mr. Bullard had Mr. Post build a house for him. Mr. Bullard was said to have had a licence to do trading with the Indians.

A steam saw mill was erected by Mr. Bullard and Mr. Post.

The first known birth was a child to Mrs. Bullard

Rev. J.W. Hancock and Rev. Mathew Sorin were said to have services in this period of time.

J.V. Smith  built a hotel.

School was conducted over a store by J.F. Pingery.

The first known death was was said to be the same child born to Mrs. Bullard.

Another hotel was built by Daniel Saunders.

The first marriage was that of Joseph F. Thompson and Melissa Pingery

Just to mention a few settlers were William H. Welch, Hiram B. Middauh, Nels Nelson and other.

With the need of still another hotel, Mr. Bullard had one erected.

Other settjers came such as  Rosalie Lampert, Henry Fuller, Clemment Farribault, Lorenzo D Chillson, Mary Lampert, Mary Forcier and others.

The township was organized in 1858.

Minnesota becomes the 32nd state in 1858.

The population in 1860 was 11 citizens

The Civil War Years

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

The Boys from Wacuta 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 Wacouta, 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 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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Wacouta 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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