Minnesota delegation attends Gettysburg commemorationA Minnesota delegation that includes two Northland politicians recently traveled to Pennsylvania for the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
A Minnesota delegation that includes two Northland politicians recently traveled to Pennsylvania for the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg.
State Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, and Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, were among those who attended a ceremony and retraced the steps of the First Minnesota Regiment during the famous battle.
The Minnesota regiment is remembered for rushing into the battle, allowing Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock to move troops into position, even though the Minnesota soldiers were outnumbered.
“I was honored to take part in the commemoration of this important battle and learn of the significant role brave young Minnesotans played in this historic event,” Murphy said in a news release. “Our soldiers charged into battle,
at great risk, and changed history.”
While in Gettysburg, Murphy and Reinert also visited a statue of Duluthian Albert Woolson, who was the last surviving Civil War Union veteran when he died in 1956 at the age of 109. A statue of Woolson also sits outside the Duluth Depot and a bust hangs in City Hall.