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Fort Snelling's Role

Fort Snelling was the entry and exit point for all of Minnesota’s Civil War soldiers. The post served as a rendezvous and training location for the state’s 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 Minnesota’s Civil War history.



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