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April 20, 2014

Funding Opportunity

We have been invited to exhibit No More Gallant a Deed at a forum sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO) on Tuesday, April 22, at the Elmer L. Anderson Library on the University of Minnesota campus. We are excited by the opportunity to discuss our vision for No More Gallant a Deed.

This symposium will feature local speakers involved in film production discussing copyrights and other intellectual property ideas. There will also be exhibits featuring patented technologies from local companies. They are expecting an audience of 150.

We are looking for more opportunities to talk about our project. So, if you have any suggestions, or want to invite us to speak, please contact us by email at

Creative News

After completing the pre-production phase of the film – research, storyboarding, and scripting – we re-evaluated our approach to the story of the First Minnesota. As a result, we’ve changed our point-of-view on how to tell the story and it’s now a tighter, more emotional film. By-products of this change will be a shorter film – two hours instead of four – and a reduced cost – $600,000 instead of $1,500,000.

We reviewed this new vision for the film with our production contacts at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), who had previously committed to broadcasting the film. They fully endorsed this change. As our primary contact said, “Changes that make the film more emotional, tighter, and less expensive are good. In fact, it could be great.”


We are pleased to announce that Chris Spencer, retired VP of Morgan Stanley, has joined our team to help with fundraising and publicity. You may contact her at or 612-377-9344


With the completion of the pre-production phase, we closed our office in the Casket Arts Building as it was no longer needed. The next step will be to move into an editing suite when we start production.

About The Film

As part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, First Minnesota Films is producing No More Gallant a Deed, a documentary film on the remarkable story of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.

This regiment, described by President Calvin Coolidge “as saviors of their country,” was composed of ten companies of 100 men each from nine Minnesota communities: Winona, Wabasha/Lake City, Red Wing, Hastings, Stillwater, Faribault, Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and St. Paul.

More on the Men of the 1st →

The story of the 1st Minnesota, once Minnesota’s greatest story, has been mostly forgotten. Through the use of archival photographs, newspaper reports, paintings, maps, music, and, most importantly, the voices of the soldiers and the citizens of Minnesota as captured in their letters and diaries, the story of the 1st and the state they called home will be brought to life. This project not only includes the film but also educational materials, books, public exhibitions, and other broadly based public education initiatives.

The 1st Minnesota’s signature act took place on July 2, 1863 during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, when two hundred sixty-two members of the 1st charged 1600 Confederates to gain five-minutes-time to allow Union reinforcements to arrive and close a dangerous gap in the Union line. At the end of the fight, only 42 men walked off the field; the rest were killed or wounded.

To date individual contributors have donated $100,000 in support of the research and story development.

Donations are being handled through IFP MN, a non-profit that supports the media arts and acts as a fiscal agent on behalf of filmmakers. Donations are fully tax deductible. Donations of $100 or more will receive a tax acknowledgement.

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Make a Financial Contribution

Our film is being funded from corporate sponsors and from individuals like you.

To make this film possible we need your help. Please consider making a financial contribution today. More »

Photographs and Artifacts

We are asking organizations and individuals to look over their collections for any information, photos, or artifacts related to the 1st Minnesota. More »

The Blog

First Minnesota Films at Target Field

June 29, 2013

This Sunday, No More Gallant a Deed will be featured as part of a Minnesota National Guard ceremony preceding the Twins game at Target Field.More »

Visit the First Minnesota Films office

November 2nd, 2012

In our office is a forty foot long, eight foot high, white sheetrock wall on which the film is being storyboarded. More »

Trading ideas with other Civil War stakeholders

October 30th, 2012

On the evening of Thursday, October 11th, a gathering of Civil War stakeholders in Minnesota was held at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul.More »

The 1st Minnesota’s Return Home: Winona

August 27th, 2012

Recently I had occasion to visit La Crosse, Wisconsin.  An evening soiree on behalf of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy was held on sightseeing pontoon boat. More »

On the trail of the 1st Minnesota

May 17th, 2012

Last week, Bill Semans, Director of No More Gallant a Deed, and I travelled to Rochester and Winona to speak to their Civil War Roundtables. More »

The 1st Minnesota's First Battle: Bull Run

April 20th, 2012

It was a time before newsreels. It was a time before the 24-hour news cycle. There were no battlefield photos from previous wars to be seen. More »

The Men

Charles Goddard

Charlie Goddard was born in Pennsylvania May 14, 1845 to Catherine and Abner Goddard. He was the only child of nine that survived childhood.More »

Edward Bassett

Edward Bassett was just 19 when he was mustered into Company G of the 1st Minnesota on April 29, 1861 as a private. His family moved west, settling in Morristown, Minnesota in the south central part of the state.More »

Mathew Marvin

Mathew Marvin was born on September 21, 1838 in Connaston, New York. In 1859 at the age of 19, Matthew moved to Winona, Minnesota where he worked as a clerk for J. J. Randall & Co, a leather goods store. More »

Samuel Stebbins

Samuel was born in Brookline, Vermont on April 30, 1830. Upon reaching his majority, he travelled quite extensively and worked at a variety of occupations before purchasing a farm near Winona, Minnesota in the fall of 1856. More »

The Timeline


Apr 12

Confederates open fire on Fort Sumter.

In Washington, Governor Alexander Ramsey pledges 1000 Minnesota troops to President Lincoln, the first troops pledged.

Apr 15

President Lincoln calls for 75,000 troops.

Apr 27

The ten companies of the 1st Minnesota report to Fort Snelling.

Jun 22

The 1st leaves for Washington D.C., arriving on June 26.

Jul 21

The 1st sees combat at the Battle of Bull Run. One of the last regiments to leave the battlefield, the 1st suffered the highest casualties of any Union regiment with 48 killed, 83 wounded, 23 wounded and missing, and 30 missing.

Oct 21

The 1st is lightly engaged at the Battle of Ball's Bluff.

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