1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry

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1st Minnesota Regiment Monument at Gettysburg, Pennslyvania Battlefield

Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry was organized under first call at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. They mustered out on July 15, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky[1].

For more information on the history of the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, see the following:

  • Wikipedia, (accessed 9 Dec 2010) article on the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The following counties of origin are taken from the Adjutant General's Report, found on the Internet Archives web site. The rosters show the men who served in each regiment, their residences, dates of enlistment and mustering out, and other remarks. Also see the Dalby Database, a site from Minnesota, searchable by men, counties, regiments and companies.

Company A - many men from Ramsey County, and Scott County- Roster, page 20.

Company B - many men from Washington County - Roster, page 24.

Company C - many men from Anoka County, Chisago County, and Scott County - Roster, page 28.

Company D - many men from Wright County and Stearns CountyRoster, page 34.

Company E - many men from Hennepin County, Morrison County, and Stearns County -  Roster, page 36.

Company F - many men from Goodhue County and Ramsey County - Roster, page 40.

Company G - many men from Rice County and Steele County - Roster, page 44.

Company H - many men from Dakota County - Roster, page 48.

Company I - many men from Wabasha County - Roster, page 42.

Company K - many men from assorted counties and states - Roster, page 48.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 3,277 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Minnesota in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Minnesota in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Minnesota, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • ResearchOnline, (accessed 7 Dec. 2010) a brief history and biblography about the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry.
  • Rootsweb. (accessed 30 Dec 2018)  First Regiment history and a roster of the men from Wabasha County.
  • Civil War Index. (accessed 9 Dec 2010) Website with detailed Minnesota regimental histories.  
  • A Civil War Journal, (accessed 9 Dec 2010) The lives, actions and words of the soldiers of Winona County's Company K around the time of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Letters, diaries, newspaper articles, photographs and drawings can be found on this site.
  • MilitaryHistoryOnline, (accessed 9 December 2010) has submissions by people about their ancestors who served in the Civil War.
  • Carley, Kenneth, and Richard Moe. Minnesota in the Civil War: An Illustrated History. (Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2000).  Book of battle histories, photographs, short biographies and a roster of the different regiments with their officers, beginning on page 204. Google book (Not all pages are shown). Other libraries with this book.
  • Davis, Cushman Kellogg. An address by Cushman K. Davis at Gettysburg, July 2d, 1897 : at the unveiling of the statue erected by the State of Minnesota to commemorate the charge made by the First Regiment Minnesota Infantry Volunteers on the second day of July, 1863 (1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment). (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6118046
  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies : [Minnesota]. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993). FHL Collection. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6084700. Other libraries with this book.
  • Holcombe, Ira Return. History of the first regiment Minnesota volunteer infantry, 1861-1864, with maps and illustrations. (Stillwater, Minn. : Easton & Masterman, c1916). Includes an index and roster.FHL Collection  FHL US/CAN Book 977.6 M2h.
  • Holcombe, R I. History of the First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1864. (Hudson, WI : St. Croix Valley Civil War Round Table, c2006). Other libraries with this book.
  • Minnesota. Adjutant General's Office. Minnesota Adjutant General's Report of 1866. (Roseville, Minnesota : Park Genealogical Books, c1997).  FHL US/CAN Book  977.6 M2ma Other libraries with this book. Arranged in alphabetical order by soldier's name. Gives soldier's name, age, birthplace, rank, regiment, company, date and place mustered in, date and place mustered out, and other information.
  • Minnesota. Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Minnesota for the Year Ending December 1, 1866, and of the Military Forces of the State from 1861 to 1866. (St. Paul: Pioneer Print. Co, 1866). Other libraries with this book. View online at Internet Archives.
  • Minnesota. Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars 1861-1865. (St. Paul, Minn: Electrotyped and printed for the State by the Pioneer Press Company, 1890).FHL Collection. FHL US/CAN Book 977.6 H2bc. Other libraries with this book. Click on the FHL Collection link to view this book online. It contains detailed histories and rosters of each Minnesota Military Unit.
  • Searles, Jasper Newton. History of the First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1864. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993 ). FHL Collection Fiche 6118044, Film 1320585 Item 13 Internet Archives book.
  • Taylor, Matthew F. History of the First regiment Minnesota volunteer infantry, 1861-1864. (Stillwater, Minnesota: Eastman and Masterson, [1916]). Internet Archives book.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 11 January 2011)