1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment


The Minnesota 1st Regiment Infantry tendered to the government, April 14, 1861. Organized under first call at Fort Snelling, Minn., and mustered in April 29, 1861, for three months. Reorganized for three years May 10, 1861, to date from April 29, 1861. Companies "B" and "G" moved to Fort Ridgly, Minn., May 28. Company "A" moved to Fort Ripley May 29. Company "E" moved to Fort Ripley June 6, and Companies "C" and "D" moved to Fort Abercrombie June 10. Rejoined Regiment at Fort Snelling under orders for Washington, D. C., June 21. Moved to Washington, D.C., June 22-26, and to Alexandria July 3.
The Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 177 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 97 Enlisted men by disease. Total 286.

Attached to Franklin's Brigade, Heintzelman's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia, to August, 1861. Stone's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Gorman's Brigade, Stone's (Sedgwick's) Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to February, 1864, Dept. of the Northwest to May, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army Potomac, to July, 1865.
Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21, 1861. Battle of Bull Run July 21. Moved to Seneca Mills, Md., August 2-7, thence to near Edward's Ferry, August 16, and duty guarding Upper Potomac until February, 1862. Operations about Ball's Bluff October 11-23. Battle of Ball's Bluff October 21. Leesburg Road October 21 (2 Cos.). Goose Creek and near Edward's Ferry October 22. Advance toward Winchester, Va., February 25-March 15. At Bolivar Heights until March 22. Moved to Washington and Alexandria, thence to Hampton, Va., March 22-April 1. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. West Point May 7. Advance to the Chickahominy May 9-23. Built Grape Vine Bridge May 27-28. Battle of Fair Oaks May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Peach Orchard, Allen's Farm and Savage Station June 29. White Oak swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1 and August 5. At Harrison's Landing until August 16. Moved to Alexandria August 16-28, thence march to Centerville August 30. Cover Pope's retreat to Washington September 1-2. Near Chantilly and Flint River September 1. Vienna September 2. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of South Mountain September 14 and Antietam September 16-17. March to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., September 22, and duty there until October 30. Reconnaissance to Charlestown October 16-17. March up Loudon Valley and to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 17. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. At Falmouth until April, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations about Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2. Battle of Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks' Ford May 4. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 12-July 24. Haymarket June 25. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. At Kelly's Ford, Va., July 31-August 15. Detached for duty in New York during draft disturbances August 15-September 16. Rejoined Brigade near Culpeper September 16. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Bristoe Station October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. At Kelly's Ford until November 26. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Robertson's Tavern November 27. Mine Run November 28-30. Camp at Stevensburg, Va., until February 5, 1864. Ordered home for muster out February 5. Moved to Fort Snelling, Minn., and duty there until April 29. Mustered out April 29, 1864, expiration of term. Veterans and Recruits organized into two Companies as 1st Minnesota Battalion Infantry. At Fort Snelling, Minn., and duty there until May 16. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 16-22, thence to White House May 30-June 1. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, and Joined Brigade at Cold Harbor, Va., June 12. Moved to Petersburg, Va., July 12-15. Assaults on Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration north of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration north of the James August 13-20. Strawberry Plains August 14-18. Weldon Railroad August 25. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-29. Raid on Weldon Railroad December 7-11. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkins' House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Hatcher's Run, Boydton Road,-March 29-31. Crow's House March 31. Sutherland Station and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Sailor's Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Washington, D.C., May 2-12. Grand Review May 23. Moved to Louisville June 6-9, and duty there until July 15. Mustered out July 15, 1865. ROSTERS:

Field Staff and Band
Company A
Company B
Company C
Company D
Company E
Company F
Company G
Company H
Company I
Company K

Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Vol. 2. Cartersville, GA: Eastern Digital Resources 1998. E491D992. A concise summary of each regiment's service.

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