Minnesota and the Civil War

Minnesota and the Civil War

by Annette Atkins
     
 

Minnesota responded to President Lincoln’s call to arms in 1861. Men picked up guns, bayonets, knapsacks (pens and paper, too). Immigrants, migrants from other states, and mixed-race Indian/white men joined the multiple Minnesota regiments. The 1st Minnesota distinguished itself at Gettysburg (1863); the 3rd met with less success and suffered Southern… See more details below

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Minnesota responded to President Lincoln’s call to arms in 1861. Men picked up guns, bayonets, knapsacks (pens and paper, too). Immigrants, migrants from other states, and mixed-race Indian/white men joined the multiple Minnesota regiments. The 1st Minnesota distinguished itself at Gettysburg (1863); the 3rd met with less success and suffered Southern imprisonment. Women sewed uniforms and then took up plows and solitary motherhood. They made for the soldiers everything from sewing kits to bandages to socks. Low grade, chronic fear permeated daily life. A second civil war between Dakota Indian people and white settlers broke out in the hungry summer of 1862 and ended with 1,000+ casualties; the expulsion from the state of Dakota people (guilty and innocent). Many settlers abandoned their lands in the face of this home-grown war; others stayed, their land titles secure; a few made the trip to Mankato in December 1862 to witness the hanging of the 38 Indian/mixed blood men who had been convicted of capital crimes in the war. Minnesotans lived in the memories of its two civil wars for decades.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873518796
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
12/13/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
30
File size:
0 MB

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