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.
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.
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.