Event to observe local connections to Civil War, Dakota Conflict

Dean Urdahl

A group of historical societies in Chisago, Isanti, Pine and Kanabec counties are collaborating to host a public program in observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862. The event will feature one of Minnesota’s foremost historical writers and will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Rushseba Town Hall on Forest Boulevard just north of Rush City. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

The speaker is Dean Urdahl, author and co-chair of the Minnesota Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton. Urdahl’s latest historical fiction, “Pursuit,” follows his two earlier novels, “Uprising” and “Retribution,” to complete a trilogy about the U.S.-Dakota Conflict. Urdahl’s family helped settle Litchfield Township in 1856. The conflict started across the lake from Urdahl’s home; his great-great-grandfather buried the conflict’s first five victims.

While in Rush City, visitors are encouraged to visit the Grant House Hotel and Eatery. The Grant House was founded by a relative of the Civil War general and later president, Ulysses S. Grant. The North Chisago Historical Society has a historical exhibit at the Grant House, which includes the wedding dress worn by the bride of the Grant who founded the Grant House.

Since there is road construction in downtown Rush City, please follow the signs for the short detour around the southern side of Rush City to get to the Grant House and the Rushseba Town Hall. If you have questions about this event, call 651-674-4819.

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