Bringing home the Civil War

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Author Chuck Logan poses in full Civil War reenactment gear (submitted photo)

The Stillwater Public Library Foundation will feature Chuck Logan, author of “South of Shiloh,” at “Bringing Home the Civil War,” a fundraising event 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the library. The event commemorates th Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862.

“South of Shiloh” is a mystery novel involving a murder that occurs during a re-enactment of the battle at Kirby Creek near Corinth, Mississippi. Known for the detailed research that goes into his writing, Logan not only studied the weapons, tactics, battles and context of the period, he also walked in the boots of a Civil War soldier as he joined re-enactment groups in re-created battles around Corinth.

The Civil War soldier’s home away from home was his regiment, and this event will also revere the soldiers of Company B of the First Minnesota. Minnesota Governor Alexander Ramsey was the first governor to respond to President Lincoln’s call for troops for a Union Army. Ramsey made his tender of 1,000 men on April 14, 1861, the day after the surrender of Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Within two weeks, the Stillwater Guards, a local militia unit, marched to Fort Snelling and was enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The Stillwater Guards became Company B.

“Bringing Home the Civil War” is the fifth in a series of Check It Out events hosted by the Stillwater Public Library Foundation, which raises funds to enrich and enhance the collections, programs, and services of the Stillwater Library.

Stillwater Public Library is at 224 N. Third St. Admission is $30 per person and includes food and drink by Pub 112 and Swirl Wine Club-Shop Bar.

Tickets available at, or 651-275-4338 ext 130. Advance registration is required, and space is limited.