Fort Ripley

Fort Ripley was a nineteenth century army outpost located on the upper Mississippi River in north-central Minnesota. It was situated near government agencies for the Ho-Chunk and Ojibwe. By its very presence, however, the fort spurred immigration into the area by whites.

Color image of a Minneapolis Civilian Auxiliary button, c.1917.

Minneapolis Civilian Auxiliary button

Minneapolis Civilian Auxiliary button, c.1917. This button was worn by Edward Karow, member of the Minneapolis Civilian Auxiliary. Original button is in the Edward Karow Scrapbooks, 1917–1925, Manuscript Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Color scan of a war map of Minneapolis likely drawn during the Twin Cities Streetcar strike, 1917.

War map of Minneapolis drawn during the Twin Cities Streetcar strike

War map of Minneapolis drawn during the Twin Cities Streetcar strike, 1917. The map was likely drawn by Minnesota Home Guard and Minneapolis police commanders. Original map is in the Edward Karow Scrapbooks, 1917–1925, Manuscript Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Special Deputy Sheriff, Ramsey County badge

Special Deputy Sheriff, Ramsey County badge, issued to members of the Minnesota Home Guard during the Twin Cities Streetcar strike, 1917. This badge was worn by Edward Karow, Captain in the Thirteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard. Original badge is in the Edward Karow Scrapbooks, 1917–1925, Manuscript Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Black and white photograph of Home Guardsmen on duty outside the St. Paul Public Library during the Street Railway union rally in Rice Park, December 2, 1917.

Home Guardsmen on duty outside the St. Paul Public Library

Home Guardsmen on duty outside the St. Paul Public Library during the Street Railway union rally in Rice Park, December 2, 1917.

Black and white photograph of Third Infantry passing in review for Maud Hart Lovelace, author of Early Candlelight, which was set at Fort Snelling, September 1929.

Third Infantry passing in review for Maud Hart Lovelace

Third Infantry passing in review for Maud Hart Lovelace, author of Early Candlelight, which was set at Fort Snelling, September 1929.

Black and white photograph of Brown County draftees on their way to training camp, 1917.

World War I draftees from Brown County

Brown County draftees on their way to training camp, 1917.

Black and white photograph of Albert Pfaender, 1934. Photographed by the Lee Brothers.

Albert Pfaender

Albert Pfaender, 1934. Photograph by the Lee Brothers.

Black and white photograph of Dr. Louis A. Fritsche, c.1920.

Dr. Louis A. Fritsche

Dr. Louis A. Fritsche, c.1920.

New Ulm Military Draft Meeting, 1917

The World War I draft rally held in New Ulm on July 25, 1917, was an exciting event; it featured a parade, music, a giant crowd, and compelling speakers. The speakers urged compliance with law, but challenged the justice of the war and the government’s authority to send draftees into combat overseas. In the end, people obeyed the draft law, while the state punished dissent. Three of the speakers lost their jobs; the fourth was charged with criminal sedition.

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