Civil War commemoration task force opens statewide logo contest

Deadline for entries is Dec. 30th

by T.W. Budig
ECM Capitol Reporter
Minnesota’s Civil War history might be seen as first and last. The state furnished the first volunteers in answer to President Lincoln’s call for troops  — Anokans believe that first volunteer was Aaron Greenwald — while the last surviving Union Army veteran was Albert Woolson of Duluth, who died in 1956.

Civil War Commemoration Task Force Co-Chairman Dean Urdahl, a Republican lawmaker, donned a Union Army "bummer" hat at a State Capitol press conference on Nov. 22. Urdahl, a historian, said Civil War soldiers filled the bulky hats with berries, nuts and other provisions gathered while campaigning. (Photo by T.W. Budig)

The Civil War Commemoration Task Force, a body created by Gov. Mark Dayton to mark the 150th anniversary of that epic struggle, is currently inviting Minnesotans to join a logo design contest.
The idea is to create an icon for the task force that can be used over the upcoming four years. The logo needs to incorporate visual elements of Minnesota and the Civil War.
“I anticipate people will find creative ways to make that connection and I look forward to reviewing submissions,” said Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, task force co-chair, in a press release.
Logo PDF’s must measure 8.5 inches by 11 inches and be smaller than 10 megabytes in size. The PDF should be emailed to
The contest is open to all Minnesotans of all ages.
Deadline for submission is 5 p.m., Dec. 30.
For more information, call 651-259-3130.
More than 24,000 Minnesotans served in the Civil War, 1861-65, with a total of 760 killed in action, mortally wounded, or dying in Confederate captivity. Many others died of disease.
Urdahl, a published historian, noted the Civil War period also included the Dakota War of 1862 — “a tragic episode in Minnesota history,” he said.
Urdahl expressed hope the Civil War commemoration could also serve as conciliation towards Minnesota’s Native Americans.
Other objectives of the task force are the start of a website, preparation of “This Week in the Civil War” press releases, tours of Dakota War sites next summer and other goals.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is the task force’s other co-chair.