Battles did not occur every day in the Civil War, especially in the winter months when weather conditions made it difficult to maneuver and supply large armies. Winter camps were set up to allow the soldiers a more permanent place to rest, train, and prepare for the return to battle in the spring. The life of Civil War soldiers has been described as long months of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
“The Civil War Camp gives participants a new appreciation for the hardships faced by our soldiers during this time period,” said Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte. “We’ve come to know the battles, but it’s the time in between that provided some of the greatest tests.”
Anoka County Library invites you to come to Mississippi Library located at 410 Mississippi Street in Fridley, on Saturday, February 23rd from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, to find out what soldiers did during the long and often grueling yet boring months of winter. Authentically costumed re-enactors from the Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery will set up Winter Camp at Mississippi Library and share their in-depth knowledge of the Civil War with visitors. This is an interactive, self-paced program, with activities for both children and adults.
“Winter provided a break from facing the enemy army,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain. “But the soldiers still battled harsh weather conditions, boredom, and homesickness.”
Civil War Winter Camp is sponsored by the Anoka County Library and is presented by the Anoka County Historical Society. Library programs are free and open to the public. This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-571-1934 or visit your local Anoka County Library.