Lawmakers honor boys of ’61

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The Minnesota House of Representatives began its floor session today with a remembrance of the state’s Civil War history.

This week marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Today marked the first Minnesota enlistments in the Union Army. Josias King is believed to be the first of more than 24,000 Minnesotans to volunteer for service from 1861 to 1866.

Representatives Mike Beard, Carlos Mariani and Dean Urdahl, read a resolution in support of an effort to build a Civil War memorial in St. Paul. Bill Dalin, George Luskey and Andrew Willenbring from the “Boys of ’61 Memorial Project” stood in the public gallery above the House floor wearing Civil War uniforms.

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