Resources

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Related Websites

http://sites.mnhs.org/
The Civil War home page of the Minnesota Historical Society, source of the most substantial collection of 1st Minnesota materials.

http://www.1stminnesota.net/
An excellent website devoted to the men of the 1st Minnesota, includes photos and biographies.

http://www.firstminnesota.org/
Website of The First Regiment of the Minnesota Volunteer Infantry which is dedicated to the memory and teaching of the history of the Regiment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Minnesota_Volunteer_Infantry

www.jamesophelps.com
Source of the banner photos used on First Minnesota Films website.

http://www.mnhs.org/library/tips/history_topics/193firstminnesota.htm
The research library of the Minnesota Historical Society.

http://www.ifpmn.org/
IFP is the fiscal sponsor of the project.

Recommended Reading

Last Full Measure, Richard Moe, MNHS Press

“This is Civil War combat history as it should be written. . . . The story of one of the war’s best fighting regiments is told from the viewpoint of the men who did the fighting. . . . The chapter on the First Minnesota’s moment of supreme sacrifice at Gettysburg is the best thing of its kind that I have ever read.” -James M. McPherson

No More Gallant a Deed, James Wright, ed. Steven Keillor, MNHS Press

James A. Wright was an orderly sergeant in Company F of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. His memoir, based on his diaries and letters, is the fullest personal account of the battles, marches, and soldier life of one of the most renowned regiments in the Army of the Potomac. The First took part in every significant battle and action in the war in the East from 1861 to 1864. In remarkable detail, he describes the fighting at Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Bristoe Station. At Gettysburg, the First Minnesota halted the Confederate charge and suffered an 82 percent casualty rate. Wright’s account of the battle is striking in its description of the horror the men felt at facing their foes, their determination to do their duty, and the shock of the loss of so many of their comrades.

With an eloquence rare in war memoirs, Wright recalls the long marches, the poor food, the inadequate shelter, the dedicated officers, the debilitating illnesses, the longing for home, and the sense of pride in carrying out the struggle to preserve the Union. For conveying what the Civil War meant to one man, it is unmatched.

Pale Horse at Plum Run, Brian Leehan, MNHS Press

“Brian Leehan’s account of the First Minnesota on Cemetery Ridge is the most detailed and complete I have read. His exhaustive research and compelling narrative are impressive and offer a much fuller understanding of the regiment’s extraordinary feats.” -Richard Moe

Minnesota in the Civil War, Kenneth Carley, MNHS Press

This richly illustrated book presents for the first time a comprehensive picture of Minnesota’s contribution to the nation’s epic struggle during the Civil War. From diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts, the words of the men who fought convey the terror of battle, the tedium of marching, the fear of death, and the camaraderie of soldiers. The book contains contemporaneous photographs, portraits and artifacts drawn from the Minnesota Historical Society’s remarkable collection.

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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

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Samuel Stebbins

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The Timeline

1861

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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