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.

Birch Coulee Monument in Renville County, c.1900.

Birch Coulee Monument, Renville County

Birch Coulee Monument in Renville County, c.1900.

U.S. Model 1841 Percussion Rifle. This rifle was struck by a bullet and disabled during the Battle of Birch Coulee.

US Model 1841 "Mississippi" rifle

U.S. Model 1841 Percussion Rifle. This rifle was struck by a bullet and disabled during the Battle of Birch Coulee.

Joseph Anderson, who claimed that the command was his, criticized the choice of campsite.

Joseph Anderson

Joseph Anderson, 1863. Anderson claimed that the command was his, criticized the choice of campsite.

Joseph R. Brown, nominal leader of the burial party, c. 1853.

Joseph Renshaw Brown

Joseph R. Brown, nominal leader of the burial party, c.1853.

Lithograph interpretation of the Battle of Birch Coulee, 1912.

The Battle of Birch Coulee

Lithograph interpretation of the Battle of Birch Coulee, 1912.

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