This year, observe Veterans Day by learning about the role Minnesota’s veterans have played in our nation’s history. These and other books are available at the Brainerd Public Library, as well as other area libraries.
The First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment played a pivotal role at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, possibly saving the battle for the North. If the Union had lost at Gettysburg, it may well have lost the Civil War.
A passage in The First Volunteers states: “A legend has evolved depicting the unhesitating and determined advance of 262 Minnesota heroes into a Confederate force of two brigades numbering thousands. It eulogizes the loss of 213 of these men, a sacrifice made necessary in order to halt the enemy advance.”
The First Volunteers: History of the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment—1861-1865, by John Quinn Imholte. Ross & Hanes, Inc., 1963. 238 pp.
The Faces Behind the Names is a “book of tribute and remembrance to over four hundred Minnesota men, who went to Vietnam between 1962 and 1973, and did not return home alive. It contains a photograph selected by the family, biographies, family statements, and some ‘last letters home.’”
This book was written “to put a human side to the names” on the Vietnam Memorial in St. Paul, and to “illuminate the effect that the war had on that generation of men and their families.”
The Faces Behind the Names: The Vietnam War, by Don Ward. The Memorial Press, 1996. 517 pp.