Home Front artifacts

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves over 1,000 objects relating to the Civil War and the U.S.-Dakota War, all of which can be accessed through the Collections Online database. The collection represents all branches of service, and includes items from non-Minnesota Federal units and Confederate forces. Pieces range from firearms and swords, to uniforms, to personal equipment. Many of the objects are identified to specific individuals or military units.

  • The following artifacts were used during the Civil War by civilians

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Clothing and clothing accessories

Wedding dress
Household and personal items



Currency and coin

Postage currency


Paper items

Greeting card



Abraham Lincoln ribbon



Medicine bottles

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