The summer of 1862 was tough on the First Minnesota 150 years ago this month, a group of Minnesota solidiers was pretty despondent. It was a low point in the Civil War, and the men of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry were involved in an attempt to take the Confederate capitol of Richmond.7:40 a.m.
Peter Smith remembers catching a pitcher known as Horsey The Twins may be having their ups and downs this season, but all over Minnesota, another kind of baseball season is under way. MPR essayist Peter Smith thinks back on that mid-adolescent "too old for Pony League, too young for town ball" season in which you may not make the play-offs, but you're sure to make memories.
Like this one from MPR essayist Peter Smith...8:45 a.m.
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