Jorgenson speaks at WCHS dinner


Author and researcher Wayne Jorgenson is the featured speaker at the Washington County Historical Society’s annual meeting March 28 at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater.

Jorgenson, a founding member of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry re-enactment group, just released a book on the First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry titled “Every Man Did His Duty.” This publication is a compilation of individual stories of more than 100 men who served in the First Minnesota during the Civil War.

When the First Minnesota was formed it included the Stillwater Guards, which became Company B of the Regiment. Many stories of this company are told including that of Sam Bloomer, Adam Marty and the famous Last Man’s Club that met in Stillwater after the war was over.

Jorgenson researched the men and history of the First Minnesota for decades, gathering stories from diaries, pension records, newspaper articles and family archives, as well as published histories.

Richard Moe, author of “The Last Full Measure,” said of “Every Man Did His Duty:” “Wayne Jorgenson’s photographs and commentary on the First Minnesota offer an entirely new — and an especially human — understanding of these remarkable men who gave so much”

The event is open to the public. Cost is $20 for WCHS members and $25 for nonmembers. The evening begins with a 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, dinner at 6:30 and a business meeting at 7:30. Jorgenson’s program begins at 8 p.m. and he will have copies of his book on hand to purchase.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 651-439-5956 or visiting