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In the Field

After leaving Fort Snelling, soldiers faced unique challenges once they reached the field. Long marches with heavy loads, sleeping outdoors, bland army rations, and the period terror of the battlefield characterized the life of Minnesota’s soldiers. Click the links below and examine the items on the right-hand side to see how Minnesotans experienced life in the field during the war.



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Civil War hardtack


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US Model 1861 rifled musket


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US Army knapsack


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Members of the 3rd Minnesota Regiment, Company F in camp at Nashville, Tennessee


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Artillery shrapnel


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Francis Clalin, disguised as a man, served in the 44th Regiment, Missouri Artillery, Company I for 3 months and in the 13th Missouri Cavalry, Company A, for 19 months.


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Battle of Nashville


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