Wasioja in Dodge County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Then the course of history was changed. The Civil War had begun and men from Minnesota were on the battlefields. Captain James George, who had served in the Mexican War, asked the students to volunteer. Lead by Professor Clinton A. Cilley, the young men marched down to Captain George's law office and enlisted. That office is preserved today by the Dodge County Historical Society. Organized as Company C of the 2nd Minnesota, they marched off to war. Just over a year later at Snodgrass Hill near Chickamauga, they stopped the Confederates' advance at a high cost. Of the eighty young men that left Wasioja, only 25 returned with life and limb intact. The town never recovered from the great loss.
The school continued to operate, although its enrollment had been cut in half, and in 1868 the Free Will Baptists ceased their sponsorship. It was reopened as the Groveland Seminary, closing in 1872 and was reopened again in 1873 by the Wesleyan Methodist Conference. The school finally closed in 1894, and in 1905 a fire destroyed the building, leaving the ruins that stand today.
Reverend A. B. Gould, a graduate and instructor of the Seminary, acquired and preserved the ruins. On his death his heirs deeded the site to Dodge County as a public park. Stabilization of the ruins and erection of this plaque were carried out in 1994.
Erected 1995 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • War, US Civil.
Location. 44° 4.537′ N, 92° 48.813′ W. Marker is in Wasioja, Minnesota, in Dodge County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 212th Avenue and 605th Street. Touch for map . Marker is in this post office area: Dodge Center MN 55927, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wasioja Recruiting Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Plowville (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Seminary Park. Dodge County Highway & Parks Department (Submitted on March 16, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2018, by Donald Westfall of Mantorville, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 29 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on March 15, 2018, by Donald Westfall of Mantorville, Minnesota. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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