The 10th Minnesota Infantry Regiment was recruited into Federal service at Garden City, Winnebago Agency, Fort Snelling and St. Paul, Minnesota, between August 12 and November 15, 1862. The 10th took part in the defense of New Ulm on 24-25 August 1862. Companies G & I were at Fort Ridgely. Company I had a detachment at the Battle of Birch Coulee that also was involved in the Battle of Wood Lake. In December Companies A, B, F, G, H, and K were guards at the hanging of 38 Sioux in Mankato. Companies D, E, and H of the 9th Minnesota were posted there too. The Regiment was part of Col. Sibleys force at the Battle of Big Mound, Battle of Buffalo Lake, and the Battle of Stony Lake. Afterwards the Regiment was sent south to the District of St. Louis. From there they joined the 1st Brigade, 1st Division Army of Tennessee and later the 16th Army Corps in west Mississippi. The 10th Minnesota Infantry was mustered out on August 18, 1865.
The 10th Minnesota Infantry suffered 2 officers and 35 enlisted men killed in action or who later died of their wounds, plus another 4 officers and 111 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 152 fatalities
Sibley's Campaign against Sioux Indians in Minnesota August 20 to November 14, 1862. Defense of New Ulm August 24-25, 1862 (Detachment of Cos "G" and "I"). Fort Ridgly August 20-22 (Detachment of Co. "I"). Birch Coolie September 2-3 (Detachment of Co. "I"). Wood Lake, Yellow Medicine, September 23 (Detachment of Co. "I"). Regiment after organization was stationed as follows: Company "A" at Garden City, Company "B" at Winnebago Agency, Company "C" at Fort Ridgly, Company "D" at Henderson Company "E" at Henderson, Company "F" at Winnebago Agency, Company "G" at La Seur, Company "H" at Swan Lake and Vernon Centre, Company "I" at La Seur and Company "K" at Norwegian Lake until June 1863. Companies "A," "B," "F," "G," "H" and "K" a Indian execution, Mankato, December 26, 1862. Sibley's Expedition against Sioux Indians in Dakota Territory. June 16-September 12, 1863. (Co. "I" stationed a Manannah.) Big Mound, Dakota Territory, July 24 Dead Buffalo Lake July 26. Stony Lake July 28. Missouri River July 29-30. Regiment moved to St. Louis Mo., October 7-12, 1863. Attached to District of St Louis, Mo., Dept. of Missouri, to April, 1864. District of Columbus, Ky., Dept. of the Tennessee, to June 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division (Detachment), Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps (New), Military Division West Mississippi, to July, 1865.
Garrison and Provost duty at Benton Barracks, Mo., October, 1863, to April, 1864. Moved to Columbus, Ky., April 22, and duty there until June 19. (Cos. "E" and "D" detached at Island No. 10 April 27 to June 15.) Moved to Memphis, Tenn., June 19-20 Smith's Expedition to Tupelo, Miss., July 5-21. Pontotoc July 11. Near Camargo's Cross Roads July 13. Near Tupelo July 14-15. Old Town or Tishamingo Creel July 15. Smith's Expedition to Oxford, Miss., August 1-30. Tallahatchie River August 7-9. Abbeville August 23. Mower's Expedition to Duvall's Bluff, Ark. September 2-9. March through Arkansas and Missouri in pursuit of Price September 17-November 15. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., November 24-30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Clifton, Tenn. thence to Eastport, Miss., December 29-January 4, 1865 Duty at Eastport, Miss., until February 6. Moved to New Orleans, La., February 6-21. Campaign against Mobile, Ala.. and its Defenses March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25 and duty there until May. Moved to Meridian, Miss and duty there until July. Moved to St. Paul, Minn., and mustered out August 18, 1865.
The composite rosters of this unit contains the names of 1729 men.
Company A - Steele County
Company B - Dodge County
Company C - Wabasha County
Company D - Goodhue County
Company E - Freeborn County
Company F - Waseca County and Houston County
Company G - Le Sueur County
Company H - Ramsey County, Rice County and Dakota County
Company I - Sibley County
Company K - Hennepin County and Ramsey County
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