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Civil War Veteran - Pvt. Benjamin Franklin (c 1832 - Oct. 23, 1899), Co. H, 2nd Reg., MN Cavalry. During winter of 1865, 4 men were sent to Fort Ridgley, they were caught in a blizzard, all froze to death except Ben. After 8 days, he was found by a band of Indians who took him to the Fort, the Surgeon refused to do anything for him saying he would die but he didn't. He lost his limbs and part of his nose. He was the only Soldier of the Civil War to be Mustered out without arms or legs.
Civil War Veteran - Sgt. Powhatan Beaty (Oct 8, 1837 – Dec 6, 1916) served as a First Sergeant in the Union Army in Company G, 5th U.S. Colored Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on September 29, 1864 at Chapin's Farm, Virginia. His citation reads "Took command of his company, all the officers having been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it."
Civil War Casualty - Lt. Laurence M. "Laurie" Anderson (? - Apr. 18, 1862) was a member of the Bradford Light Infantry, Co. A, Florida Battalion. He died at the Battle of Shiloh.
Charles Sumner statue in Harvard Square. "Charles Sumner (1811–1874) was an American politician and statesman from Massachusetts. An academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts and a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War and Reconstruction."