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The Fort's Expansion, 1861-65

The military quickly realized the stone fort was insufficient to meet the needs of the thousands of recruits passing through the post on their way to southern battlefields. Temporary wooden structures were built inside and outside the fort, as well as a stone military prison. Look at the images on the right-hand side to see how the fort changed between 1861 and 1865.


Fort Snelling


Fort Snelling, Minnesota, Rendezvous Of The Minnesota Volunteers


View of the south side of the fort showing the Gatehouse and the Shops, Fort Snelling


1st Minnesota Mounted Rangers at Fort Snelling, in front of temporary barracks outside fort walls


Military prison under construction at Fort Snelling, Military Department of the Northwest, District of Minnesota.


Fort Snelling's Extent, 1861-1865

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