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Red Wing in Goodhue County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

William Colvill

 
 
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By Keith L, October 24, 2011
1. William Colvill Marker
Inscription. William Colvill was born in New York state on April 5, 1830. As a young lawyer he moved to Red Wing in 1854, becoming the town's first city attorney.

On April 19, 1861 — one week after the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter — a citizens' meeting was held at the courthouse in Red Wing in response to a call for Union soldiers. Colvill and 49 others eagerly enlisted as members of the "Goodhue Volunteers." Colvill is said to have leaped over the backs of others attending the meeting to be the first to sign the rolls. When the men were mustered into the army as Company F, First Minnesota Volunteers, they numbered 114, and they had elected Colvill captain.

He was a full colonel when, on the afternoon of July 2, 1863, he led the First Minnesota in a bloody charge against a far larger Confederate force at Gettysburg. There the First bought for the Union Army a few minutes of precious time and thus turned the tide of battle. But 215 of the regiment's 262 officers and men, including Colonel Colvill, lay dead or wounded on the battlefield. General Winfield Scott Hancock, who ordered the charge, observed that "No soldiers, on any field, in this, or any other country, ever displayed grander heroism."

As a disabled veteran, Colonel Colvill returned to Red Wing and lived near this park at 807 East Seventh
William Colvill Marker and Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 24, 2011
2. William Colvill Marker and Plaque
This memorial to William Colvill and the valiant men of the First Minnesota who were his comrades-in-arms in the Army of the Potomac was placed by the people of Goodhue County on the hundredth anniversary of the famous Gettysburg Charge, July, 1965.
Street for a number of years. He served as a member of the state legislature in 1865 and 1878, and was attorney general of Minnesota from 1866 to 1868. He died in Minneapolis on June 12, 1905.
 
Erected 1965 by the people of Goodhue County.
 
Location. 44° 33.944′ N, 92° 30.293′ W. Marker is in Red Wing, Minnesota, in Goodhue County. Marker can be reached from Nymphara Lane 0.2 miles east of East Seventh Street. Click for map. Marker is near Pavillion #1 in Colvill Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 Nymphara Lane, Red Wing MN 55066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Remember the Maine (approx. half a mile away); The G.A. Carlson Lime Kiln (approx. 0.7 miles away); Barn Bluff (approx. 0.7 miles away); Kiwanis Stairway (approx. mile away); Mt. La Grange – Barn Bluff (approx. mile away); Geology of Minnesota (approx. one mile away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away); National Newspaper Association (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Red Wing.
 
Also see . . .
1. First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. William Colvill. (Submitted on October 28, 2011.) 

2. William J. Colvill. Wikipedia entry.
William Colvill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 24, 2011
3. William Colvill Marker
(Submitted on October 28, 2011.) 

3. Colvill Park. City of Red Wing. (Submitted on October 28, 2011.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
William Colvill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 24, 2011
4. William Colvill Marker
Colvill Park
Colvill Park image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 24, 2011
5. Colvill Park
 
 
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