St. Francis hosts Civil War commemoration ceremony

The Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force, along with the Anoka County Historical Society, hosted a Civil War sesquicentennial event Sunday at Woodbury Park in St. Francis. It celebrated the historical battle of Chickamauga, Ga., that was fought Sept. 18-20, 1863.

The Second Minnesota Battery Civil War Re-enactors provided a cannon salute during Sunday’s Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and rededication ceremony, hosted by the Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force and the Anoka County Historical Society. Photo by Vickie Wendel

The Second Minnesota Battery Civil War Re-enactors provided a cannon salute during Sunday’s Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and rededication ceremony, hosted by the Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force and the Anoka County Historical Society. Photo by Vickie Wendel

The remembrance event included commemoration ceremonies honoring Anoka County’s Albert Woodbury, first lieutenant in the Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery.

Woodbury lost his life due to wounds received at the battle of Chickamauga.

During the commemoration, the colors were presented by the St. Francis American Legion, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by St. Francis Mayor Jerry Tveit.

Rep. Dean Urdahl offered comments on behalf of the governor’s committee.

Vickie Wendel of the Anoka County Historical Society provided a profile of Woodbury and the Second Battery which was followed by a commemoration ceremony and cannon salute by the Second Minnesota Battery Civil War Re-enactors.

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