Civil War


Pipestone County has strong ties to the Civil War as it was settled by veterans of the war. Pipestone was also the sight of the Southwestern Minnesota Grand Army of the Republic’s encampment in 1886.


Simon Mix Post #95

The largest post in Pipestone County was mustered in Pipestone. They had 151 known members and stopped activity in 1934.

U.S. Grant Post #80

The first GAR Post organized in Pipestone County, MN was in the town of Edgerton. It mustered in with 26 members in 1884, and appears to have been active through at least 1911.

Stephen Miller Post #139

Woodstock, Minnesota’s GAR Post, the Stephen Miller Post #139 was organized May 21, 1885. There were 23 known members over a 38 year span. The Post disbanded in 1923.

Veterans in Hillside Cemetery

Learn about the Civil War Veterans buried in Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton, Minnesota.

G.A.R. Medals and Ribbons

Find out more about the Grand Army of the Republic and view G.A.R. medals and ribbons from the Museum’s collection.


Search the National Park Service’s Soldiers & Sailors Database and find out more about the Civil War.

“And What Nobler Purpose…” Civil War Veterans and Pipestone County is available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop.

Check out Pipestone’s biennial Civil War Days and immerse yourself into the 1860s.