Black and white photograph of men of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in field works after the battlefield of Fair Oaks, Virginia, 1862. Evidence of the newly-attached Company L, the Second Company Minnesota of Sharpshooters, can be seen in the center-right of the photograph: a Sharps breech-loading rifle is hanging over a blanket.

First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry after the Battle of Fair Oaks

Men of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in field works after the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, 1862. Evidence of the newly-attached Company L, the Second Company Minnesota of Sharpshooters, can be seen in the center-right of the photograph: a Sharps breech-loading rifle is hanging over a blanket.

Black and white photograph of Ozias B, Baker, private, Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, c.1862.

Ozias B. Baker

Ozias B, Baker, private, Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, c.1862.

Black and white photograph of Luman O. Tanner, private, Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, c.1862.

Luman O. Tanner

Luman O. Tanner, private, Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, c.1862.

Black and white photograph of Captain Mahlon Black, Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, c.1862. Photograph by Joel Emmons Whitney.

Captain Mahlon Black

Captain Mahlon Black, Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, c.1862. Photograph by Joel Emmons Whitney.

Color image of Captain’s uniform shoulder insignia, worn by Captain Mahlon Black, Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, 1862–1865.

Captain Mahlon Black’s shoulder insignia

Captain’s uniform shoulder insignia, worn by Captain Mahlon Black, Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, 1862–1865.

Black and white photograph of Colonel Hiram Berdan, c.1861.

Colonel Hiram Berdan

Colonel Hiram Berdan, c.1861.

Black and white photograph of Merrill Dwelle, member of the Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, c.1864. Photograph by Joel Emmons Whitney.

Merrill Dwelle

Merrill Dwelle, member of the Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, c.1864. Photograph by Joel Emmons Whitney.

Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters

Minnesota raised two companies of sharpshooters during the Civil War. Both were in the elite Berdan’s Sharpshooters brigade. The Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters, however, served out most of its three-year enlistment with the premier regiment of the state: the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Color image of Harold Stassen in his U.S. Naval Reserve uniform, c. 1945.

Harold Stassen

Harold Stassen in his U.S. Naval Reserve uniform, c.1945.

Brown, Joseph Renshaw (1805–1870)

During his five decades in Minnesota, Joseph R. Brown was a significant figure in territorial and state politics. Although he never held high office, he exercised great influence on how the region developed. His ability to produce legislative results earned him the nickname, “Jo the Juggler.”

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