3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - Regimental Flag
This 34-star flag was used by the Third Minnesota from the fall of 1863 to the end of the war. Its distinctive red scroll, raised in the center with gold flourishes on the ends identifies this as a flag manufactured for the New York Quartermaster Depot.
Organized in the fall of 1861, the Third Minnesota surrendered against the wishes of many of its officers 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). After reorganizing, the Third Minnesota then returned south to build fortifications that led to the Confederate 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).