Location: Wilkin County, Minnesota
Surnames/tags: Wilkin_County_Minnesota US_HISTORY
Wilkin County, Minnesota
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This county, established with its present name March 6, 1868, commemorates Colonel Alexander Wilkin, who in the civil war gave his life for the Union, being shot and instantly killed in the battle of Tupelo, Mississippi, July 14, 1864. He was born in Orange county, N. Y., December, 1820; served as a captain in the Mexican war; came to St. Paul in 1849, and entered the practice of law; was United States marshal for Minnesota, and also secretary of the territory, 1851 to 1853; went to Europe in 1855, and studied the art of war before Sebastopol in the Crimea; afterward again was engaged in law practice in St. Paul; recruited the first company of the First Minnesota regiment for the civil war; served also in the second regiment, and was colonel of the ninth regiment. Physically he was of small size and stature; but he stood very high in courage and skill for military leadership. 
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Maps and Boundaries
- Clay County (north)
- Otter Tail County (east)
- Grant County (southeast)
- Traverse County (south)
- Richland County, North Dakota (southwest)
- Cass County, North Dakota (northwest)
- Breckenridge (county seat)
- Rothsay (partly in Otter Tail County)
- Prairie View
Records and Resources
- ↑ "Wilkin County, Minnesota." Genealogy Trails. Accessed October 08, 2018. http://genealogytrails.com/minn/wilkin/history.htm.
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