Fort Snelling's Role
Fort Snelling was the entry and exit point for all of Minnesotas Civil War soldiers. The post served as a rendezvous and training location for the states volunteers, and later draftees, as well as the mustering-out center for Minnesota veterans returning home. After the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, approx. 1,600 Dakota non-combatants were brought to the fort where they awaited forced removal from Minnesota. Click the following links to learn about the part Fort Snelling played in Minnesotas Civil War history.