Tenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

By the summer of 1862, it was clear that the Civil War would not be over quickly. In July and August, President Lincoln called for several hundred thousand additional men to enlist for the Union cause. In response, the Tenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment formed between August and November of that year.

U.S. Army percussion cap pouch

U.S. Army percussion cap pouch

Josiah Lathrop of the Eighth Minnesota's Company H used this 1850 model pouch during the Civil War.

U.S. Army waist belt

U.S. Army waist belt

This Brooklyn, New York-made waist belt belonged to Josiah Lathrop of the Eighth Minnesota's Company H.

U.S. Army officer's Model 1850 sword and scabbard

U.S. Army officer's Model 1850 sword and scabbard

Captain Leonard Aldrich of the Eighth Minnesota's Company F carried this sword during the 1863 Henry Sibley expedition against the Dakota.

Drumsticks

Drumsticks

Musician John Schaefer of the Eighth Minnesota, Company K used these drumsticks during the Civil War.

Eighth Minnesota Snare Drum

Eighth Minnesota Snare Drum

This snare drum was presented to Company F musician Henry H. Velie by the members of the company.

Painting of the Eighth Minnesota Infantry (Mounted) in the Battle of Ta-Ha-Kouty (Killdeer Mountain)

The Eighth Minnesota Infantry (Mounted) in the Battle of Ta-Ha-Kouty (Killdeer Mountain)

The Eighth Minnesota was mounted during Sully's expedition. Here they fight dismounted at the battle of Killdeer Mountain, July 28, 1864. Every fourth man is positioned in the rear as a horse holder. Oil on canvas painting by Carl Ludwig Boeckmann c. 1910.

Photograph of John S. Cady, Captain, Eighth Minnesota Infantry, Company A

John S. Cady, Captain, Eighth Minnesota Infantry, Company A

Captain Cady was killed on June 11, 1863, in a clash with Dakota Indians near Lake Kandiyohi.

Company E, Eighth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, Fort Snelling

Company E, Eighth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, Fort Snelling

Company E is the subject of this 1862 Benjamin F. Upton photograph.

Eighth Minnesota Regimental Battle Flag

Eighth Minnesota Regimental Battle Flag

The regiment's battle flag consists of one layer of silk with the federal seal painted in the center. Remnants of gold fringe are attached to the top and bottom of the flag. The Eighth received its flag in Paynesville, Minnesota, in May of 1864.

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