Artifact highlights

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.


28th Virginia battle flag Battle flag of the 28th Virginia Regiment captured by the 1st Minnesota Regiment at Gettysburg



US Army uniform frock coat Frock coat worn by a member of the 1st Minnesota Regiment



Tiffany adaptation of a US Army Model 1850 sword Sword carried by Colonel Henry C. Lester of the 3rd Minnesota Regiment



Surgical instruments and case Surgical instruments used by the surgeon of the 5th Minnesota Regiment



Gum-tree mortar barrel Log mortar used by the 7th Minnesota Regiment



Brigadier general's body armor Body armor privately purchased by an officer with the Quartermaster’s Department



Civil War battleship steering wheel USS Minnesota steering wheel and bell - a witness to the battle between the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia at Hampton Roads



2nd Minnesota Cavalry regimental battle flag Collection of 58 battle flags representing Minnesota Regiments in the Civil and Spanish-American Wars



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