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AUGUST 1861

- - - Source: Louisville Daily Courier (KY) August 1, 1861; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
DARING AND FORTITUDE OF WOUNDED OFFICERS
Thurlow Weed writes from Washington:
Capt. Putnam, of a Minnesota regiment, with a ball through his arm, kept the field all day, and then brought his men back in order, marching himself nearly thirty miles! I also visited Col. Heintzelman, who, leading a division, received a Minie rifle ball in his sword arm. It was extracted by the surgeon during the battle, while the Colonel was in his saddle at the head of his column. The wound was bandaged and the Colonel kept in his saddle - the last to leave the field - for twenty hours.

- - - Source: The Olathe Mirror (KS) August 1, 1861; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
The 1st Minnesota regiment appears to have suffered the most severely of any in the field. The number of its killed is ascertained to be 66, and some more are still missing. The men, however, are undaunted, and ready again for action.

- - - Source: Detroit Free Press (MI) August 4, 1861; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
"The First Minnesota regiment is at Edward's Ferry. Small bodies of rebels are occasionally seen on the opposite bank of the Potomac."

- - - Source: Janesville Daily Gazette (WI) August 16, 1861; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Judge Wayne of Georgia, of the supreme court, has issued a writ of habeas corpus for one Stephens, of the Minnesota regiment. The question to be decided is whether soldiers originally three months' men, and who afterwards enlisted for the war, can be held.

- - - Source: National Republican (Washington, D. C.) August 19, 1861; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
SURPRISED.-A Minnesota paper tells this story of the battle of Stone Bridge:
"Adjutant General Sanborn relates that when the Minnesota regiment was drawn up in line of battle opposite to the Mississippi regiment, the wagon master of the Minnesota regiment, our old friend, Anson Northup, was in the ranks with musket in hand. The regiment, practicing the Souave drill, in which Northup is not very proficient, fell flat on the ground, after the first round - every man killed as Northup thought. Resolved to have another crack at the rebels, Northrup reloaded his musket, and just after he fired, up jumped his comrades, and fired another round, as much to Northup's surprise, he said, as if so many dead men had come out of their graves.


- - 1862 - - CHAPLAIN'S QUARTERLY REPORT
Source: The Goodhue Volunteer (Red Wing, MN) March 19, 1862; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FIRST QUARTERLY REPORT OF THE CHAPLAIN OF THE THIRD REGIMENT OF MINNESOTA VOLUNTEERS.
To Col. H. C. Lester, Commanding,
SIR: - According to the act of Congress, of July 1861, it becomes my duty to report quarterly to you the moral and religious condition of the Regiment, and to make "such suggestions as may conduce the social happiness and moral improvement of the troops;" which report and suggestions for the first quarter I herein submit:
The moral condition of the Regiment, as a whole is highly gratifying and encouraging. A decided majority are men of high atoned moral principle, whose lives and conduct are governed by the acknowledged rules of sound morality.

The decidedly religious portion of the Regiment is not large. Those however, who are thus recognized are manifesting commendable zeal in maintaining a consistant Christian and religious deportment so far as I know. A little advancement has been made in this direction during the quarter.

As to such suggestions as may conduce to the social happiness and moral improvement of the troops, but little need be said as under the circumstances but few things are practicable.

If a few dollars could be placed in the hands of a proper committee, to be used by them in securing for the use of the Regiment some ten copies each of ten or more of the leading literary and religious periodicals now being published, much, it is thought, would be done to advance the social happiness of the troops.

The subscription might commence for one or two months, with the right to renew if occasion required.

My labors, in part, in the regiment embrace the following items:
- Preaching once or twice each Sabbath, (save one which was rainy) excepting those when the Regiment was on the march, since we left Minnesota.
- Prayer meetings on Saturday and Thursday or Friday afternoons or evenings, when circumstances would permit.
- Prayer at dress parade up to February third, when released from that duty, except on Sabbath evenings, forty three times.
- Visited the hospitals some one hundred and fifty-four times up to this date.
- Held religious service with the sick, consisting of reading the Scriptures and prayer eighty-one times.
- Attended the funerals and burial of the four following named persons:

Joseph Abel, Company E, Jan. 8, 1862

C. M. Wood, Company B, Jan. 29, 1862

O. C. Shurtleff, Company G, Feb. 3, 1862

J. W. Goodwin, Company C, Feb. 8, 1862

- Superintended the erection of proper head boards (two inch white oak plank) at the graves of the dead.
- Purchase and distribution of several hundred pages of tracts.
- Distribution of several thousands of pages of books and pamphlet to the sick and others.
- All of which is most respectfully submitted.
CHAUNCEY HOBART, Chaplain 3d Reg. Min. Vol.


- - 1862 - - TROOPS FROM FORT RIPLEY
Source: The Goodhue Volunteer (Red Wing, MN) April 9, 1862; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
- Company C, Fourth Regiment, Capt. Donelson, arrived at Fort Snelling yesterday morning from Fort Ripley. - Press.


MAY 1863

THE SLAUGHTER IN THE FIRST MINNESOTA
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) May 14, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
Washington, July 8, 1863.
Hon. A. Ramsey, St. Paul:
Lieut. E. L. Sproat writes from Gettysburg, July 3, at 9 o'clock p. m. that our First Regiment has less than one hundred men and officers left:
Col. Colville, wounded.
Lieut. Col. Adams, wounded mortally.
Major Downie, wounded in arm and foot.
Capt. Messick, reported dead.
Captains Muller, Burgess, and Periam, dead.
Capt. Ferrell, reported mortally wounded.
Lieuts. Tanner and Lochren, dead.
Lieut. Peller, wounded and many others, I cannot remember.
The men suffered equally.
Our brigade of 2,500 strong, has just drawn 400 rations.
That is all that is left of as fine a body of men as the world ever saw."
I hope this is overdrawn,
M. S. Wilkinson.


- - 1863 - - BALLOTS FOR THE SOLDIERS
Solomon Snow, of Austin, and J. P. Kidder, of St. Paul, commissioners appointed for the purpose of taking the votes of all the Minnesota volunteers in the service of the United States in the Army of the Potomac, give notice that they will leave the state for that purpose on the 21st of September next, and that all ballots for officers to be voted for in the coming election, to be used in said army, must be delivered to the commissioner at St. Paul, or to the commissioner at Austin, on or before the 20th day of said September.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) September 1, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


- - 1896- - AFTER THIRTY YEARS
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Sunday, September 13, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

A Pleasant Reunion of Ex-Members of Co. A. Second Minn. Cavalry.
One of the pleasant events of the National encampment of the G. A. R. at St. Paul last week, was the reunion of eighteen ex-members of Company A, Second Minnesota cavalry, who had not seen one another since they were mustered out of the service over thirty years ago. Company A was recruited largely from Houston and Fillmore counties, Minnesota, in 1863, and the close of the war the members scattered in all directions. Last week in St. Paul, by the merest accident, three of the boys run across one another, and finally after inspecting the rosters at the various headquarters of G. A. R. departments, others were found until the list swelled to eighteen. A reunion was arranged at an appointed hour and place, and for several hours the boys enjoyed themselves in such a way as only old comrades know how to do. Before dispersing the company went to a photograph gallery and had their pictures taken in a group. Following are the names of those present:


A. J. Fisk, Helena, Montana.
Leonard, Racine, Minn.
Homer R. Hills, Sioux Falls, S. D.
Gilbert B. Nafey, St. Paul, Minn.
Mike Raney, Soldiers' home, Minnehaha.
Henry N. Seeley, Preston, Minn.
Edwin Harkness, Mabel, Minn.
Gotlieb Busse, Preston, Minn.
H. B. Corey, Wheaton, Minn.
George Turner, Lanesboro, Minn.
Fred Schroder, Turtle Lake, Wis.
Dr. Chas. O. Seaman, Cherokee, Ia.
John K. Smith, Arlington, S. D.
Chas. Stein, Delano, Minn.
Louis Stein, Watertown, Minn.
Taylor Knight, Montevideo, Minn.
W. L. Matteson, Hastings, Minn.
Ed. Nafey, St. Paul, Minn.
Geo. B. Winship, Grand Forks, N. D.







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