Road to Gettysburg
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1ST Minnesota & 20th Maine
Acknowledgements & Credits
March 17, 1863
Captain William Lochren's Letter to the Winona Daily Republican
Battlefield , near Gettysburg, July 4, 1863
Editor Winona Republican:
We are in the midst of a terrible battle, and what remains of our regiment is now for
the third day in the front line. Co. K went into the battle with twenty-nine men, of whom
two beside the Captain are either killed or wounded. The casualties thus far are:
Mortally woundedCapt. Jos. Periam
KilledLester P. Gore, Randolph Wright, David Taylor, Augustus Smith, Henry C.
Winters, Jacob Geisreiter.
WoundedSergts., M. Marvin, in the foot, and P. Carpenter , slightly.
Corporals, Timothy Reilly, severely and John Einfelt and Charles North slightly.
Privates, Charles Behr, Chester L. Durfee, Israel Durr, Charles Ely, and Peter Vosz, all
severely; J. S. Eaton, Charles Goddard, William Kinyon, James Turner, Samuel B. Tenny and
Louis Hansen, slightly. (Peter Vosz and Israel Durr died of their wounds soon after the
battle). Col Colville is severely wounded; Lieut-Col. Adams, mortally; Maj Downie and
Adjt. Peller, severely; Capts. Messick and Muller are killed, and Farrar mortally wounded;
Lieut Farrar is killed, and Lieuts. Sinclair, May, Boyd, Demarest, DeGray and Mason,
wounded. Two thirds of the regiment are killed or wounded. We got the better of the enemy
in the fight, and our regiment captured one stand of colors.
Wm. Lochren, lieut. Commanding Co. K, 1st reg. Minn. Vols
Winona Daily Republican July 6, 1863
Notwithstanding the efforts made by some
to defeat the proposed excursion to LaCrosse
on the 4th, a party numbering about thirty
couples of our first citizens, accompanied by
the Winona brass and string bands, took pas-
sage on board the Frank Steele, at 7 o'clock
in the morning, resolved to have a good time.
The boat left, town at 7½ o'clock, with ban
ners flying, the band playing and a joyous
company on board. The trip down was occu-
pied in viewing the beautiful scenery long
the river, in social chit-chat and a little
dancing by the younger members of the par-
ty. Upon arriving at LaCrosse the part
was met at the depot by Mr. M. M. Pomeroy,
Marshal of the Day, who kindly invited the
excursionists to take part with the citizens
of LaCrosse in their celebration. As it was
the intention of the party to remain but a
short time, and on account of the excessively
warm weather, the cordial invitation was de-
clined, many preferring to remain on the
boat, and others to "circulate around town
on their own hook" during their brief stay.
At LaCrosse we found an old-fashioned cel-
ebration under full blast, and a large crowd
of people in attendance, consisting of citi-
zens, visitors from the country, and excur-
sion parties from points down river, all ap-
pearing to enjoy themselves notwithstanding
the excessive heat.
At 1½ o'clock we started on the return trip
and found that Captain Newton had amply
provided for the physical wants of his pas-
sangers, by having placed on his tables a
dinner which would make an epicure "laugh
and grow fat" by even looking at it. With-
out particularizing we would say that the
bill of fare was equal to that of any of the
best eastern hotels, and as there was an abund-
ance of the best the country could afford,
the party was agreeably disappointed and
fully satisfied, which is sufficient evidence
that the dinner on the Frank Steele was "A
No. 1." After dinner the string band was
Again called into service, and happy and joy-
ous were those who joined in the gay dance.
Among other amusements we observed that
Mr. Bryant, the clerk exhibited to the un-
initiated his celebrated 'secesh curiosity,"
taken from a rebel officer in Texas, and in-
structed them in its history and mysteries--
much to the delight of those who were "in-
side of the ring." People of an inquisitive
turn of mind are very apt to see "stars"
when examining this curiosity.
At seven o'clock, the party landed at Wi-
nona, all well pleased with the trip, and the
kind attentions received from Captain New-
ton and Mr. Bryant. Those gentlemen will
please accept the hearty thanks of each
member of the party; and may it be our
good fortune to enjoy many more as pleas-
ant excursion trips as this one proved to be.
The Winona Band added much to the
pleasures of the trip with their excellent and
enlivening music, and spared no effort to
have all pleased with the part they took in