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Minnesotan was a Gettysburg hero

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By Mike Creger

Forum News Service

DULUTH -- William Colvill was easily the most revered person in Minnesota after the Civil War. He was a hero, the colonel who led the historic First Minnesota regiment on a battle-saving charge at Gettysburg 150 years ago Tuesday.

He was a giant of a man in legend and in stature at 6 feet, 5 inches tall.

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