Incident at the Otterville Station: A Civil War Story of Slavery and Rescue

Incident at the Otterville Station: A Civil War Story of Slavery and Rescue

by John Christgau

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803246447
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,252,264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author


John Christgau (1934–2018) is the author of numerous books, including Enemies: World War II Alien Internment and Birch Coulie: The Epic Battle of the Dakota War, both available in Bison Books editions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 The Great Emancipator 1

2 Charles W. Walker 12

3 John 22

4 Sergeant Francis Merchant 31

5 Private Henry Ehmke 43

6 Private James Woodbury 52

7 Captain Oscar B. Queen 63

8 General Egbert Brown 71

9 Colonel Alexander Wilkin 80

10 Assemblyman H.J. Fisher 88

11 Senator Morton Wilkinson 95

12 General John McAlister Schofield 102

13 Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton 106

14 Taps 117

Notes 133

What People are Saying About This

Polly Jelinek


“A very informative tribute to ‘the Minnesota boys in blue’ who carried ‘the state flag’ and protected our nation during the great War between the States. This narrative further enhances the legend of the troops from Minnesota—especially those from the southern part of the state—primarily Mower County. It makes you proud to be a Minnesotan and live in the United States.”—Polly Jelinek, historian and lifelong resident of Mower County, Minnesota

Stephen Osman


“While President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address, thirty-six Minnesota enlisted soldiers languished in a Missouri jail. Their crime of conscience to implement Lincoln’s ‘new birth of freedom’ for a group of runaway slaves would soon be the mission of the entire Union Army.”—Stephen Osman, retired senior historian, Minnesota State Historical Society

Dustin B. Heckman


Incident at the Otterville Station is an amazing story of a state divided over the issue of slavery and a group of Minnesota soldiers who performed their duties not only as soldiers but as men with high morals. Christgau enlightens the world to a little-known story that was one of many during the Civil War. The people of southeast Minnesota should find pride in the history of their soldiers in this book.”—Dustin B. Heckman, executive director of the Mower County (MN) Historical Society

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