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Rendezvous and Training

Fort Snelling was reopened in April 1861 as a rendezvous and training location for the thousands of Minnesotans volunteering to fight in the Union army. After the draft was instituted in 1863, both volunteers and draftees received their first taste of military life at the fort. Click the links below and the items on the right-hand side to learn more about soldier life at Fort Snelling during the Civil War.


Letter from Bellfiel C. Hoffman to Edward T. Hoffman, April 16, 1862.


Our Quarters. Fort Snelling, Minn.


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


Second Minnesota Volunteer Infantry standing in front of the Long Barracks, Fort Snelling

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