MAYNARD -- The story of James Hartney is the stuff for a blockbuster movie.
The Irish immigrant enlisted in 1861, served with the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War and took part in the second battle of Bull Run, the battles of Antietam, Fredricksburg and Chancellorsville, where he was wounded three times and taken prisoner. A prisoner exchange sent him to a hospital in Baltimore and he missed the battle of Gettysburg.
He returned to action and participated in campaigns starting with the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, all the way to Sherman's March to the Sea and the last major battle of the war at Bentonville, N.C.
He made his way to Minnesota after the war and in 1872 to Maynard, where he married and raised seven children before his death in 1925, according to an account at the Chippewa County Historical Society.
Hartney is just one of many Maynard area veterans whom the community plans to remember with a new war memorial.
Royal Ashburn, adjutant of American Legion Post 252 in Maynard, is part of a committee looking to raise funds for the new memorial and solicit the names of veterans from the Maynard area.
Currently the Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars have the names of some veterans, but by no means is the list complete, according to Ashburn. Organizers of the memorial project intend to list the names of all Maynard area veterans according to the wars or periods in which they served.
Committee members are looking for help from the public to send in the names of those they know who have served in the military from the Maynard area.
The memorial will have a main stone with the insignias of the six services: Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.
And, contributions to help fund the project are much needed and appreciated, according to Ashburn. Donors will be recognized on the memorial as well, with a bronze donor in the $50 to $100 range; a silver donor up to $475; and a gold donor above that amount.
Names and or contributions can be sent to: Maynard Legion Post 252, Box 202, Maynard, MN 56260.
The Maynard community is described as:
- The townships of Louriston, Crate, and Stoneham to 80th Avenue on the east side;
- Granite Falls, Grace, Havelock and Leenthrop townships as far west as County Road 6;
- and all of Granite Falls Township and the northern portion of Wang Township north of 850th Avenue.
-- Tom Cherveny