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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Dennis O'Shea, one of Minnesota's heroes, was born Nov. 1, 1831, and died April 27, 1912. He is buried at Ft. Ridgley which he helped to defend. He served five years in Company L, Second United States Artillery, two years in the Seminole war in Florida, was with Marsh's command when it was ambushed at Redwood Ferry, Aug. 18, 1862, and had command of a piece of artillery during the siege and battles of Ft. Ridgely. Of him it has been said: "He lived up to his orders and was faithful to his commands." Before the Massacre he lived near Franklin, but he afterward lived near the fort which he had so nobly defended.
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