Military 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 soldiers and others associated with the military

All military artifacts

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Armament - Firearms

US Army Model 1860 Colt revolver
Armament - Edged

US Army officer's non-regulation sword and scabbard

Armament - Accessories

Die stamped copper powder flask



Gum-tree mortar barrel



Musket cap tin and caps


Animal Equipment

US Army cavalry bits


Clothing - Uniforms

US Navy seaman's uniform jacket


Clothing - Accessories

US Army waist belt plate


Clothing - Headgear & Footwear

US Army infantry uniform cap



Civil War hardtack


Flags & Banners

3rd Minnesota national battle flag


*Battle Flags of Minnesota

7th Minnesota regimental battle flag


Medical Equipment & Supplies

Soldier's field medical kit


Military Accoutrements including mess kit items

Soldier's tinned iron canteen


Musical Instruments

1st Minnesota snare drum

Paper items: Documents, Maps, or Currency

Civil War furlough 


Personal Items: including Household Equipment and Luggage

Soldier's sewing kit


Relics & Curios

Gettysburg battlefield souvenir


Confederate Items

Confederate flag captured by Fourth Minnesota Rgmt

*The Battle Flags of Minnesota site features in-depth information about each flag, flag conservation and more.

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