Second Minnesota Regiment at Mission Ridge, Nov. 25, 1863

Second Minnesota Regiment at Missionary Ridge, Nov. 25, 1863

Stephen Volk's painting, in the Governor's Reception Room at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, depicts Lt. Col. Judson W. Bishop leading his Second Minnesota Regiment in their famous assault on Missionary Ridge, November 25, 1863.

Second Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

On Wednesday afternoon, November 25, 1863, the Second Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment participated in one of the most dramatic assaults of the Civil War. They were fighting the Battle of Missionary Ridge, one of several important battles they had been involved in throughout their two years of service in the Union Army. This battle would prove to be the most significant in the history of the regiment.

Minnesota men at Camp Meade?

Minnesota men at Camp Meade?

Members of the Fifteenth Regiment in their lodgings at Camp Mead, 1898.

Members of the 15th Minnesota Regiment boarding train for Camp Meade.

Members of the 15th Minnesota Regiment boarding train for Camp Meade

Members of the Fifteenth Regiment boarding a train to Camp Mead, 1898.

15th Minnesota Volunteers at Camp McKenzie, Georgia.

15th Minnesota Volunteers at Camp McKenzie, Georgia

Quarters of the Fifteenth Regiment at Fort McKenzie, c.1898.

15th Minnesota Volunteers at Camp McKenzie.

15th Minnesota Volunteers at Camp McKenzie

Officers of the Fifteenth Regiment at Fort McKenzie, c.1898.

15th regiment moved from Camp Ramsey on the State Fairgrounds to try and control the spread of typhoid fever.

15th regiment moved from Camp Ramsey on the State Fairgrounds to try and control the spread of typhoid fever

Temporary dwellings of the Fifteenth Regiment after abandoning the Fairgrounds, c.1898.

1898 Typhoid Epidemic

In 1898, four hundred members of the Fifteenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry were hospitalized with typhoid after camping at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. U.S. Army surgeons decided the epidemic's source was the public water of Minneapolis.

Drawing of Joseph Godfrey

Drawing of Joseph Godfrey

Hand-drawn image of Godfrey by Robert O. Sweeny from the time of the trials in 1862.

Godfrey, Joseph (c.1830–1909)

The U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 was a turning point in Minnesota history. Joseph Godfrey, an escaped slave, joined the Dakota in their fight against white settlers that summer and fall. He was one of only two African Americans to do so.

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