The Civil War home page of the Minnesota Historical Society, source of the most substantial collection of 1st Minnesota materials.
An excellent website devoted to the men of the 1st Minnesota, includes photos and biographies.
Website of The First Regiment of the Minnesota Volunteer Infantry which is dedicated to the memory and teaching of the history of the Regiment.
Source of the banner photos used on First Minnesota Films website.
The research library of the Minnesota Historical Society.
IFP is the fiscal sponsor of the project.
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.