Minnesota sent 22,000 troops to fight in the Civil War and over 600 of them were from Blue Earth County.

There was a monument to the Civil War Soldiers in Mankato that was dedicated A dedication ceremony was held on Memorial Day, 1893.

The soldier's monument was called the Boy in Blue.  The Boy in Blue fell into disrepair and had to be removed in 1922.

There is now an effort to re-dedicated the monument and a fundraiser is being held on Saturday, September. 27, 2014.  With a Civil War Cemetery Walk from 3 pm - 5 pm with Living History actors portraying Civil War veterans buried in Glenwood Cemetery.  Following the walk there is a Chili or Soup Supper from 5 pm - 8 pm at American Legion Club Post #11, 222 E. Walnut St., Mankato.

The Boy in Blue Memorial Project Committee is made up of individuals who have dedicated themselves to the job of restoring the Boy in Blue statue and fountain memorial in Mankato's Lincoln Park to honor and perpetuate the memory of the 707 Blue Earth County, Minnesota citizen soldiers who stepped forward and volunteered during the years 1861-1865 to protect and preserve freedom, their state and the Union.

For tickets in advance, you can pick them up at American Legion Post 11 or send a check to the Boy in Blue, PO Box 1105, Mankato, MN 56002.

You can find more information online at www.boyinblue.org