Finding Aid: May/June 2008


The complete issue

Vol. XXIX, No. 6
(48 pages)

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Cover image
carte de visite from the Stephen Osman collection of Marshall Sherman of the 1st Minnesota Infantry and the flag he captured from the 28th Virginia Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
The editor pays has a two-word message for readers: “It’s Back!” The issue is completely dedicated to Minnesota in the Civil War.

Passing in Review (p. 3)
Two volumes are recommended. Texas Civil War Artifacts, A Photographic Guide to the Physical Culture of Texas Civil War Soldiers (University of North Texas Press) by Richard Mather Ahlstrom includes photographs of more than 500 Texas-related artifacts connected to soldiers from the Lone Star state. Faces of the Confederacy: An Album of Southern Soldiers and Their Stories (The Johns Hopkins University Press) by Ronald S. Coddington includes 77 original wartime images of identified Confederates with accompanying sketches of their lives and military service.

Minnesota in the Civil War: A Photographic Legacy by Wayne Jorgenson (pp. 4-42)
The author presents brief histories of regiments formed in the Union’s thirty-second state during the Civil War. They include the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th infantries, the 1st and 2nd Companies of Minnesota Sharpshooters or 2nd United States Sharpshooters, Companies A and L (Berdan’s Sharpshooters), Brackett’s Battalion of Cavalry, Hatch’s Battalion of Independent Cavalry, Minnesota Mounted Rangers, 2nd Minnesota Cavalry, 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Minnesota light artillery batteries and a page of Minnesota stragglers. Each organization is illustrated with at least one soldier portrait. The 1st Minnesota Infantry receives the most attention with 15 pages of information including portraits of individual soldiers and photographs of swords and other relics.

Back Cover Story: Company G (Douglas Guards), 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry (p. 43)
Detail views of the carte de visite pictured on the back cover highlight the Native American soldiers, mostly members of the Chippewa tribe, who served in the ranks of the company.

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 44-45)
In “The First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry—1861-1864,” McAfee examines the uniforms and weapons of the regiment. Two soldier portraits illustrate the text, Corp. Edward Z. Needham and Principal Musician Henry O. Fifield.

Sutler’s Row (p. 46)

The Last Shot (p. 48)
Marshall Sherman, the soldier pictured on the cover, is pictured here in civilian clothes with the artificial leg and crutches he used as a result of a wound received at the Aug. 14, 1864, Battle of Deep Bottom, Va. The carte de visite is courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Back Cover
A carte de visite of Company G of the 9th Minnesota Infantry from the Wayne Jorgenson collection. Details on page 43.

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