Here’s the proclamation Gov. Dayton signed Tuesday.
Whereas: July 1-3, 2013, marks the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War; and
Whereas: Gettysburg was the battle with the largest number of casualties during the Civil War and was the turning point of the Eastern Campaign; and
Whereas: In testament thereof, the United States Congress established the battlefield at Gettysburg as a National Military Park in 1895; and
Whereas: The state of Minnesota was represented during the Battle of Gettysburg by the 1st and 2nd Companies of Minnesota Sharpshooters and the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment, commanded by Colonel William J. Colvill, who led an assault late on July 2, which repelled the Confederate advance on Cemetery Ridge, a decisive moment of the Battle; and
Whereas: The 1st Minnesota Infantry sustained an extremely high number of casualties, particularly on July 2, 1863, in preserving a key defensive position in the Union line during the Battle of Gettysburg; these casualties were in excess of 80 percent, representing one of the highest regimental casualty rates for any battle in the war; and
Whereas: On July 2, 1897, in recognition of the service of these brave soldiers, the state of Minnesota erected a memorial on the grounds of Gettysburg Military Park; and
Whereas: The Honorable David M. Clough, Governor of the State of Minnesota, dedicated the state’s memorial on July 2, 1897, as tribute to the courage and service of these soldiers and the sacrifices made by the families and communities throughout the state; and
Whereas: On July 2, 2013, and July 3, 2013, a delegation from Minnesota will honor the memory of Minnesotans involved in the Battle of Gettysburg, and rededicate and lay a wreath at the Minnesota memorials, while Minnesotans across the state remember the sacrifices made to preserve the Union.
Now, Therefore, I, Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, July 2, 2013, as:
Minnesota Courage at Gettysburg Recognition Day