Civil War documentary to be screened May 16

The Anoka County Historical Society, Coon Rapids Historical Commission and Hennepin Technical College will present a free screening of the Civil War documentary “From Wasioja to Washington” Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center, 11155 Robinson Drive N.W.

The film tells the story of the men and boys from Wasioja and Dodge County that joined up with the Union Army and left their small, southeastern Minnesota community to muster at Fort Snelling as Company C of the Second Minnesota.

Most of these men were recruited from Northwestern Seminary College.

The film follows the men and boys through the Battle of Mill Springs, the Battle of Chickamauga, the march to Atlanta and the march to the sea with Gen. Sherman, the routing of South Carolina to the grand march at war’s end.

“Even though only two boys died in battle, many boys did not return which devastated the town,” said Todd Mahon, historical society executive director.

Executive Producer Richard Oxley will be on hand to answer questions at the conclusion of the 56- minute film.

The documentary is under the direction of Hennepin Technical College video student Samuel Henderson, who brought this idea to the HTC Media Storm video club and the response has been amazing, according to Mahon.

Seating is limited for the event. Free tickets are available from at the Anoka County History Center at 2135 Third Ave. N., Anoka, or by calling 763-421-0600.

If the event sells out, arrangements will be made for a second screening in June.

More information on the film can be found at the following links: From Wasioja to Washington trailer at http://vimeo.com/36167003; IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2258359/; and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mediastormhtc.

The Anoka County Historical Society, organized in 1934, is headquartered in the Anoka County History Center and Library. For more information on its programs and activities visit www.ac-hs.org.

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