1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - Regimental Flag

Alexander Ramsey

Minnesota Governor Alexander Ramsey presented this color as a gift from the citizens of St. Paul to the First Minnesota in April 1863 at their camp in Falmouth, Virginia. Emblazoned on the obverse was the Federal eagle device and on the reverse the state seal. Inscribed in small shields were the battles in which the 1st Minensota took part.

In each engagement, from Bull Run, to the Peninsula Campaign (May-June 1862), to Antietam, and Fredericksburg, the 1st Minnesota solidified its reputation as one of the best regiments in the Army of the Potomac. Its charge at Gettysburg (July 1863), one of most heralded in the Civil War, played a pivotal role in deciding a Union victory in the battle - but came at a cost of over 80 percent casualties. The current 135th Infantry, Minnesota National Guard, traces its lineage to the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
 

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