Tenth Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry

10th Minnesota regimental battle flag

Organized late in the summer of 1862, the Tenth Minnesota Infantry had a career that included service in the U.S. -Dakota Wars before going south to join other Minnesota regiments in the battles of Tupelo  (July 1864), Nashville (December 1864), and in the New Orleans-Mobile-Montgomery Expedition (February – April 1865).

The following manuscript collections are organized by military unit and alphabetized by the last name of the soldier. Each collection title is followed by the soldier's name, company and regiment number in parentheses, if applicable. Descriptions are brief and may be incomplete. Follow the links below to the Minnesota Historical Society's online catalog and finding aids for full descriptions.

  • Daniel Anderson, Autobiographical sketch, 1903-1904. (E, 10th)
    Brief autobiographical sketch by Corporal Anderson.
  • Samuel D. Carrell and Family Papers, 1847 - 1896. (Austin Carrell, C,  10th)
    Include letters and diary of Corporal Austin Carrell, killed at Nashville.  The diary deals mainly with the U.S.- Dakota War.
  • Chambers and Johnson Family Papers, 1827 - 1942. (Frank Chambers, A, 10th)
    Letters of Private Chambers include several from the 1863 Sibley Expedition and three from St. Louis, 1863 and 1864. Three 1863 letters from Clarke Chambers and Alexander, Sr. concern activities around Vicksburg.
  • Charles L. Davis Civil War Papers, 1862-1872. (D, 10th)
    Military records maintained by Captain Charles L. Davis for the 10th Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company D, as well as autobiographical information (1872) .
  • James R. Hart, Historical Reminiscences of Service in Dakota and Minnesota (D, 10th) 
    Details his service (1862 - 1865) in the 10th Minnesota Infantry, Company D, during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. 
  • Charles C. Horton Papers, 1865 - 1902. (D, 10th)
    1897 reminiscence of service with the Hutchinson Home Guard during the 1862 Battle of Hutchinson.
  • T.J. Hunt, Observations of T. J. Hunt in the Civil War, undated. (B, 10th)
    Typescript includes numerous detailed anecdotes and graphic descriptions of the Battles of  Nashville and Fort Blakely.
  • Newcombe Kinney, Reminiscences of the Sioux Indian and Civil Wars, 1916. (A, 10th)
    A brief 1916 published account of the Sibley Campaign and the Regiment’s later service in the south.
  • John B. Leo Letters, 1863 - 1865, 1884. (H, 10th)
    Three early 1863 letters from Minnesota patrols and an 1865 letter from a New Orleans hospital written by this Irish immigrant private.
  • Henry A. McConnell Papers, 1862 - 1865, 1901. (D, 10th)
    Photocopies of 1862 through 1865 letters from First Sergeant McConnell to his wife Delia plus chronologies and a memorandum of service.
  • Orville Watson Mosher, Account of Experiences in the Civil War and Sioux Outbreak in Minnesota, September 14, 1951. (Hiram Mosher, F, 10th) 
    Anecdotes told by the writer’s veteran uncle.
  • Eli K. Pickett Correspondence, 1861 - 1865. (I, 10th)
    Second Lieutenant Pickett’s letters to his family detail service on the Minnesota frontier and campaigns in the South.  Letters from wife Philena describing life at home.
  • Levi Longfellow Papers, 1865 - 1926. (Benjamin Swan, F, 10th)
    A 1915 letter from veteran Swan describes the 1865 hanging of Medicine Bottle and Little Six at Fort Snelling. 
  • Samuel B. Sheardown Letter, 1863 Jan. 2. (10th)
    Surgeon Sheardown writes from LeSeur in January 1863 describing his experiences in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.
  • Biographical Data on George Thomas White, undated and 1864. (F, 10th)
    White was mustered into the U.S. Army on September 15, 1862 and rose to the rank of Captain.

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