Where can I find information about Charley Goddard from Minnesota?
Posted March 25, 2013on:
Photos of Charley Goddard’s mother and brother
Charley Goddard Biography
Battle of Gettysburg primary sources
Charley Goddard letters
Charley Goddard 15 years old
It looks like middle level students are reading Gary Paulsen’s young adult novel Soldiers Heart; at least that’s what the search term log suggests. This post suggests resources for students and teachers who are looking for the background and historical information behind the novel. Some of these were cited in an earlier post.
The real-life Charles Goddard lived in Winona, Minnesota, served with Company K of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment, and fought at Gettysburg. Regiment casualties were high and many Winona County soldiers lost their lives. Charles survived the battle and returned to Winona. He died in 1867 at age 24. The Goddard family name appears often in accounts of early Winona.
- Where can I find information about Charley Goddard?.Library Media Connection, May/June 2014. (3 page article). Also available full-text through Ebsco Databases.
- Charles Goddard’s letters. (Winona County History Center)
- Company K, A Civil War Journal, Minnesota 1st Volunteer Regiment.
- Eulogy selections, given by Goddard’s friend Charles Ely. (Winona County History Center)
- Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Search words: Christmas in Early Winona. What unique menu item was served at in 1852 for Christmas dinner at a Winona home? (American Memory Collection)
- Civil War Photos in the Brady Collection. Middle School students I worked with at Winona Middle School enjoyed viewing and discussing these historic photos. Keywords: Minnesota Troops, Gettysburg
- Birds Eye View of Winona Minnesota, 1860s era Map. (American Memory Collection)
- The Civil War 1861-1865, The First Minnesota Volunteers and Company K entered the army at this historic location. (Historic Fort Snelling)
- First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, Images and artifacts. Part of an extensive virtual guide to Minnesota First primary and secondary resources. sMiddle School tudents will be most interested in the images and artifacts.
The Last Full Measure Civil War Photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection. This exhibit of Civil War photographs and other artifacts were originally acquired by teenage boys living in Washington DC
The Civil War in America, a Library of Congress Exhibit
- The Total Number of Officers & Enlisted Men the First Minnesota Regiment Had, the Number of Men to Each Company, the Number Accounted For and Those Not Accounted For, Minnesota (Minnesota Reflections)
- Meet Charley Goddard. KQAL Radio archive file, recorded at the Winona County History Center. Goddard is the newest character brought to life by the Minnesota Historical Society’s History Player Program.
- History Project hits close to home. A Minnesota middle school student discovered a connection between his family and the Goddards. Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 12, 2015.
What about Old Abe? Was he in Company K? This gallant eagle was from our neighboring State of Wisconsin, but he also served in the Battle of Gettysburg!
Photos: Civil War Memorial, Winona Veterans Memorial Park; Catherine Goddard Smith
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