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7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag

The 7th Minnesota moved south after a year’s service fighting in the U.S.-Dakota wars.  It saw hard action at Tupelo (July 1864) and Nashville (December 1864) and took part in the final expedition to New Orleans-Mobile-Montgomery (February – April 1865).  Like many Civil War regiments, the 7th suffered greatly from the climate, lack of equipment, and illness.  William Marshall, the regiment’s colonel from 1863-1865, was elected the fifth governor of Minnesota in 1866.

At the Battle of Nashville, the 7th Regiment’s colorguard received special mention in the official battle reports, “cool and intrepid, they pushed steadily on through the terrific charges made upon the enemy, unmoved by the ‘leaden rain and iron hail’ which fell thickly around them, mindful only of the honorable duty of bearing the colors erect in the van of the fight.”

Painted on the lowest white stripe of the color is “Spanish Fort”, which identifies this as the final flag used by the 7th Minnesota during the Civil War.  This battle east of Mobile, Alabama was one of the last of the war, in April 1865.

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