2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - National Flag
This flag has painted battle honors listing all the engagements the regiment participated in from Mill Springs to Resaca up until the summer of 1864. Picked up in Minnesota by regimental color sergeant Holder Jacobus in September 1864, this fourth and final national color was carried during Sherman’s “March to the Sea” through Georgia and the Carolinas, until the end of the war.
Organized in the summer of 1861, the Second Minnesota was the state’s largest regiment. More than 1,700 members enrolled in the Second Minnesota over its several years of service. The regiment’s baptism of fire occurred at Mill Springs (January 1862). It also saw notable action at Chickamauga (September 1863), Missionary Ridge near Chattanooga (November 1863), and Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (November – December 1864).