Eighth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

In 1864, the officers and men of the Eighth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment traveled from Fort Ridgley deep into Dakota Territory and then returned to Minnesota. Next, they headed to Tennessee. From there, the regiment moved to Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and finally, back to Minnesota. During that final year of the Civil War, the Eighth claimed to have covered more miles and experienced more variety in its service than any other regiment in the Union Army.

Black and white photograph of the Minnesota Home Guard and the Motor Corps, c. 1918

Governor J.A.A. Burnquist with members of the Minnesota Home Guard and the Motor Corps

Governor J.A.A. Burnquist with members of the Minnesota Home Guard and the Motor Corps, c.1918

Statue of Alexander Wilkin erected in the Minnesota State Capitol building in 1910.

Statue of Alexander Wilkin

Statue of Alexander Wilkin erected in the Minnesota State Capitol building in 1910.

Handwritten paper pass for Colonel Alexander Wilkin, 1864.

9th Minnesota Infantry pass for Colonel Alexander Wilkin, 1864

Pass for Colonel Alexander Wilkin, 1864.

Photograph of Alexander Wilkin in his military uniform, c. 1863.

Alexander Wilkin

Colonel Alexander Wilkin, c. 1863.

Wilkin, Alexander (1819–1864)

Alexander Wilkin was a St. Paul lawyer and businessman who served as secretary of Minnesota Territory. He was the highest ranking officer from Minnesota killed during the Civil War.

group photograph of soldiers in Red Wing's Company G

Company G at San Francisco

Members of Red Wing's Company G, Thirteenth Minnesota, at San Francisco.

photograph of soldiers doing laundry

Company G barracks in Manila

Laundry duty at Company G's barracks near Manila, c.1898.

Black and white photograph of Minnesota soldiers on guard around Manila.

Thirteenth Minnesota In Philippines

Soldiers of the Thirteenth Minnesota Infantry regiment on guard around Manila in the Philippines, August 1898.

The Thirteenth Minnesota and the Battle for Manila

On August 13, 1898, the Thirteenth Minnesota Infantry regiment led an American advance against Spanish forces holding the Philippine city of Manila. Their participation was crucial to the outcome of this important Spanish-American War battle.

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