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What drove people to enlist in the Union army? Each soldier had a unique reason for joining the army, from feelings of pride and patriotism to having no choice whatsoever because of the draft. Click the links below and examine the items on the right-hand side to get a glimpse into the motivations behind the enlistment of Minnesota’s soldiers.


Company D, 1st Minnesota Regiment posed at the southeast corner of Nicollet Avenue and First Street, Minneapolis


David, Thomas and Alexander Christie


James Madison Bowler and Elizabeth Caleff Bowler


Handmade United States flag


Civil War rosette badge


Civil War Recruiting Station, Wasioja.

War and Rememberance African Americans In Minnesota The Home Front Minnesota's Soldiers Fort Snelling's Role