3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag
Organized in the fall of 1861, the 3rd Minnesota was surrendered in July 1862, at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Under the terms of parole, several companies returned to Minnesota and fought in the Battle of Wood Lake during the U.S.-Dakota War (September – December 1862). The 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment then returned south to build fortifications that lead to the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi (July 1863). The regiment also played a central role in the occupation and wartime governance of Little Rock, Arkansas (1863-65).
This 35-star flag was used by the 3rd Minnesota from the fall of 1863 to the end of the war. It was made for the Quartermaster Department by Gilbert Hubbard and Co. of Chicago.