City of Red Wing

Battle of Vicksburg Commeration & Civil War Soldier Grave Rededication

Wednesday, June 26 2013 12:00 AM
Thursday July 4, 2013
Oakwood Cemetery Red Wing, MN    
Commences at 10:00 a.m
Sponsor by Civil War Commemorative Task Force & City of Red Wing


On Thursday July 4, 2013 at10:00 a.m. the Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force and City of Red Wing as part of July 4th activities in Red Wing will host the only Minnesota sesquicentennial event celebrating the historical surrender to Union forces of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. This remembrance event at Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing will include dedication ceremonies honoring of two of Minnesota’s great Civil War heroes Major Abraham Welch and General Lucius Hubbard, including the dedication of a new grave marker for Major Welch by Civil War soldier re-enactors. The event will also include presentations by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Mitch Rubinstein President of the Twin Cities Civil War Roundtable, Joseph Fitzharris Professor Emeritus of History at the University of St. Thomas and Red Wing native and historian/author Fred Johnson.  This event is part of this year’s sesquicentennial ceremonies to commemorate and remember the participation of Minnesota Civil War soldiers by dedicating the grave sites of comrades who were killed and returned for burial in Minnesota.  


In addition to this historical event July 4th will be celebrated in Red Wing with a concert in the park. The concert will be held at 7:00p.m. at Central Park.  For more information go to or Minnesota Civil War 150 on Facebook, or contact the City of Red Wing, the Red Wing Convention and Tourist Bureau or the Goodhue County Historical Society.


The event is open to the public. Oakwood Cemetery is located at 1620 East Ave. in Red Wing. Directions: from Highway 61, turn south on West Ave, take 3rd left onto W 5th St., Take the 1st right onto East Ave and turn left onto Oakwood Cemetery. Enter the main gate and follow Oakwood Drive to Summit. Go left on Summit and then left on Wilson to the gravesite of Major Welch. The event will be held rain or shine.  To view the event flyer, click the link here


Civil War Commemoration Task Force Co-Chairman
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie
Representative Dean Urdahl


For further information contact;

Ken Fliés
Soldier Recognition Sub-Committee Coordinator
Civil War Commemoration Task Force
4311B Clemson Circle, Eagan, MN, 55122,   Phone: H. 651.207.6275, C. 952.334.4092