Rediscovering the lives that made our history.....

  •                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What is the Fifth Minnesota, Co. A? The Fifth Minnesota, Co. A is a group that specializes in portraying the ordinary people of Minnesota who heeded their countries call to serve in the American Civil War. Our group uses living history to allow guests to step into those trying times; offering engaging looks into the everyday lives of soldiers and civilians torn between the "War between the States" and the strife of life at home. Meet immigrants struggling to make their way in their new country, women pushing the boundaries of the social order, and young men spoiling to prove their patriotism as their grandfathers did in the Revolution. An inclusive environment, don't be surprised if you find yourself playing cards with the soldiers or discussing the many reasons for the current conflict. Be sure to check out the page dedicated to the 5th Minnesota Regimental Military Service located at the top left.
  •                                                                                                                                                                                                                           What is "Living History"? Living History is a bit like a combination of improvisational acting and a scripted play. Our members portray characters (based both on REAL historical figures connected with our unit, and those typically found in our region) living out their lives in interesting times. You may well begin to think they ARE living in Civil War Era America-and you are right there with them! Unlike some places however, we practice a form of living history called "first person modified".  In a nutshell, while we will stay in character throughout your visit, we can answer questions referencing modern to historical comparisons and the like. After all, the purpose is to have fun AND LEARN! You will meet a variety of characters with Company A, each with their own story to tell.  
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  • The Staff Officers of the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, in 1863. Counter-clockwise from the right front: Col. Hubbard, Quartermaster McGroty, Adjutant T. Gere, and Major W. Gere.