An Overview of Goodhue County History

In March 1853 Goodhue County was created by Minnesota's territorial legislature. It was formed from the original Wabasha County, which lay between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Black and white photograph of Alexander Kinkead and William Kinkead, Second Battery Light Artillery, c.1862.

Alexander Kinkead, Sergeant, and William Kinkead, Private, Second Minnesota Light Artillery

Alexander, seen here as a sergeant, was promoted to second lieutenant in October 1862 and to first lieutenant in September 1863. He was appointed acting assistant quartermaster in October 1864. Private William Kinkead was taken prisoner in February 1863 and was exchanged in May 1863. In early 1864 he was transferred to the Adjutant General's Office in Washington, D.C. Photograph c.1862.

Black and white photograph of the Second Minnesota Artillery monument at Chickamauga, Georgia, taken c.1890.

Monument to Second Minnesota battery of light artillery at Chickamauga

Photograph of the Second Minnesota Artillery monument at Chickamauga, Georgia, taken c.1890.

Second Battery of Minnesota Light Artillery

The Second Battery of Minnesota Light Artillery fought in some of the major battles in the Civil War's Western Theater. In their three and a half years of service, the Second's officers and men had the unique experience of functioning in all branches of the army-artillery, cavalry, and infantry.

1st Minnesota Battery monument, Vicksburg National Military Park.

Photograph of a monument to the First Battery of Minnesota Light Artillery in Vicksburg National Military Park, 1907.

Black and white photograph of reunion of the 1st Battery Minnesota Artillery at Winona, 1888.

Reunion of the 1st Battery Minnesota Artillery at Winona.

This reunion photo was taken on June 26, 1888 in Winona. Those veterans in the photo are identified with hand-written notes beneath the photo.

Color image of 1st Battery Minnesota Light Artillery battle flag.

1st Battery Minnesota Light Artillery battle flag

This battle flag of the 1st Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery consists of one layer of red silk with a gold knotted fringe around the perimeter and three pairs of ties for attachment to the staff. The flag is adorned with battle honors encompassing much of the battery's service.

First Battery of Minnesota Light Artillery

The First Battery of Minnesota Light Artillery played a critical role in the first major battle of the Civil War. The performance of its officers and men at Shiloh and elsewhere in the Western Theater gave rise to an enviable service record and added to the young state's prestige.

World War II K-ration (supper variety) issued to Wendal Jerome Kulencamp. Kulencamp was in service between 1941 and 1944.

World War II K-ration issued to Minnesota soldier

World War II K-ration (supper variety) issued to Wendal Jerome Kulencamp. Kulencamp was in service between 1941 and 1944.

A "soldier's housewife" sewing kit made from a strip of leather with a twill-like finish and lined with silk.

Soldier's leather sewing kit.

A "soldier's housewife" sewing kit made from a strip of leather with a twill-like finish and lined with silk. The kit was used by Lieutenant Wilford C. Wilson of the Eleventh Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company B.

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