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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

 

Artillery

Gum-tree mortar barrel

 

Ammunition

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

 

Food

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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