Battle Flags of Minnesota.

15th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment - Regimental Flag

While training at the State Fair Grounds, the Fifteenth Minnesota was presented this and a national flag by Mary Hill, wife of James J. Hill, on behalf of the St. Paul Commercial Club. The connection of the state regiment to the nation and the original 13 colonies is captured in the federal eagle design and symbolized by the 13 gold stars and 13 red-and-white stripes in the eagle's shield.

Organized shortly after the state's three National Guard regiments were federalized, the Fifteenth Minnesota, like the Twelfth and Fourteenth, was destined to stay stateside. Trained in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Georgia before mustering out in March 1899, the Fifteenth, like its counterparts, fought a constant battle with typhoid fever, losing many members to the disease.

While stationed in Georgia, a soldier of the regiment was killed in a barroom dispute. Soldiers from the Fifteenth, wanting to exact justice on the murderer, pushed aside regimental officers and took over the camp's weapons and ammunition shed. The armed group then marched toward the town jail where the murderer was held. Before further violence occurred, the group was rounded up and placed under arrest. Several of the soldiers were charged with mutiny and spent time in prison, and a number of the Fifteenth's officers were held accountable for not stopping the mutiny.