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The practical result of this outburst of patriotic enthusiasm was the enrollment of
a company of 114 men, which within a week was on its way under the lead of that grim old veteran, Col. William Colvill, to
Fort Snelling for muster into the military service of the United States. Within another week a second company was enrolled
and tendered to Governor Ramsey, but it was required to wait until a second regiment was authorized before it could be accepted.
In every succeeding call for volunteers Goodhue county responded with numbers generally exceeding her quota, and was thus
represented in every organization save two that was raised in the state during the war. The final record of her patriotic
tender to the cause of the Union was a total of 1,508 men mustered into the military service from a population of 8,977, or
one man in every six of the population, including men, women, and children. Included in the number who bore commissions there
were four colonels, one lieutenant colonel, and three majors, all of whom rose to these ranks through subordinate grades;
eighteen captains, twenty lieutenants, one surgeon, and one chaplain.The drain of the war upon the population and resources of Minnesota, in conjunction with the paralyzing effect of the
Indian outbreak of 1862 and its consequent desolation of her frontier, proved a serious check to the continued development
of all interests throughout the state, and Goodhue county of course shared in this condition. Recovery from the depression
thus produced was for a time exceedingly slow. The atmosphere, however, had been cleared. The integrity of the Government
had been vindicated, and its permanence was assured by the removal forever of the cause that had so often threatened its existence.
The Indian problem had been solved in a manner that rendered impossible any recurrence of the conditions which unsettled life
and made it precarious upon the frontier. These considerations infused into the situation a feeling of security and confidence
in the future, which had a powerful influence in the rehabilitation of the country. Its recovery came, prosperity returned,
and the wonderful development followed that has given us the imperial commonwealth in which we so greatly rejoice today.