Second screening of Civil War documentary June 27

A second screening of the Civil War documentary, “From Wasioja to Washington” will be presented 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Coon Rapids City Center.

The first presentation May 16 sold out the civic center, so the Anoka County Historical Society, in partnership with the Coon Rapids Historical Commission, is offering a second screening for those who might have missed the first.

Coon Rapids native Richard Oxley is executive producer of the documentary and will be at the June 27 screening, which will take place in the council chambers, to answer questions as he was May 16.

Oxley is a video production instructor at Hennepin Technical College, and it was one of his students, Samuel Henderson, who came up with the idea for the film.

The video production club at the college, Media Storm, filmed and edited the documentary, basing it on the book “The Boys of Wasioja” by Michael Eckers.

The video production club members filmed Wasioja Civil War Days events in June 2011, using Civil War re-enactors. The club also shot footage of the Second Minnesota infantry re-enactors at Fort Snelling.

According to Oxley, the documentary also includes personal insights by Ecker, while Paul Stone, University of Minnesota history professor, tells of the struggles a Minnesota company would face during this time in American history.

The film tells the story of what happened to the men and boys from of Wasioja, a small town in southeastern Minnesota about 20 miles west of Rochester, and Dodge County after they were recruited from Northwestern College Seminary to muster at Fort Snelling as the Second Minnesota Company C.

The documentary follows the men and boys through the Civil War battles of Mill Springs and Chickamauga, the march to Atlanta, the march to the sea with Gen. Sherman, the routing of South Carolina and the grand march at the end of the war, according to the county historical society.

Tickets for the event are free, but seating is limited. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The Coon Rapids Civic Center is located at 11155 Robinson Drive NW.

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