|Battle Flag of the First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery - Minnesota State Historical Society Museum, St. Paul, MN|
Today's Throwback Thursday reflects the reading I've been doing over the past month or so. In July, my husband and I took our first road trip through the Deep South, stopping at Civil War sites along the way. Being from Minnesota, we paid special attention to those sites where MN soldiers campaigned.
When most people, if they're interested in the Civil War at all, hear "The First Minnesota," they think infantry, the first volunteer soldiers for the Union, the unit that stopped Pickett's famous charge at Gettysburg and changed the course of the war.
But this flag belongs to the First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery. Cannons, not rifles. They saw action in the Army of the West, Grant's Army.
|The Minnesota Monument at Vicksburg, MS|
|Lady Liberty with the Sword of War and the Wreath of Peace|
|The First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery Monument at Vicksburg, 1907.|
|Reunion of the First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery, Winona, MN 1888|
This battery marched with Sherman to the sea and had the honor of participating in the Grand Army Review in Washington D.C. following the war. Their total fatalities during the war totaled 38 men, 1 officer and 7 enlisted men killed in action or dying as a result of wounds, 1 officer and 29 enlisted men dying of disease.
What about you? Is there a particular battle or regiment of the Civil War that interests you?