Survivors members of Company F, Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the home of Captain Horace B. Wilson at Red Wing.

Survivors members of Company F, Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the home of Captain Horace B. Wilson at Red Wing

Members of Company F, Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the home of Captain Horace B. Wilson at Red Wing, 1897.

Five-string banjo (stringless)

Five-string banjo (stringless)

Banjo made by Franklin Tenney Brawley, a drummer in the Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company G. Brawley made the banjo during the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War from a bed post and a drum head. The Banjo is inlaid with silver coins and features a hand drawn U.S.A. shield and flag.

Sixth Minnesota company flag

Sixth Minnesota company flag

Flag of Company G of the Sixth Minnesota Infantry is made of blue silk, with the motto "Union Forever" on the obverse and "Conquor or Die" on reverse. It was presented by women of St. Paul to Company G on October 23, 1862.

Slave quarters, Helena, Arkansas; taken while Sixth Minnesota Volunteers were camped in Helena.

Slave quarters, Helena, Arkansas

Slave quarters, Helena, Arkansas, 1864. This photograph was taken while Sixth Minnesota Volunteers were camped in Helena. Photograph by T. W. Bankes.

Camp Buford, Helena, Ark. Sixth Minnesota Infantry

Camp Buford, Helena, Arkansas Sixth Minnesota Infantry

Camp Buford, Helena, Arkansas, 1864. The Sixth spent four and a half months garrisoning Helena, during which time many men died or fell ill from disease.

Orlando Crosby Merriman, Sr.

Orlando Crosby Merriman, Sr.

Orlando Crosby Merriman, Sr. Mayor of St. Anthony and Captain of Company B, Sixth Minnesota Regiment, c.1863. Photograph by Beal's Gallery.

William Crooks, Colonel, Sixth Minnesota Infantry.

William Crooks, Colonel, Sixth Minnesota Infantry

William Crooks, Colonel, Sixth Minnesota Infantry, 1862–1864.

6th Minnesota company flag

Sixth Minnesota company flag

The Women of St. Paul presented this patriotic silk flag to the members of the Sixth Minnesota's Company G on October 23, 1862.

Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry performed crucial frontier service during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and into 1863. Their first experience in the South involved horrible attrition due to disease. Yet the regiment held together, and they took part in one of the final Southern campaigns in 1865.

Blue silk battle flag with the state seal of Minnesota painted on the center

Fifth Minnesota Regimental Battle Flag

Fifth Minnesota Regimental Battle Flag.

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