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The 5th Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry
was an infantry
Infantrymen are soldiers who are specifically trained for the role of fighting on foot to engage the enemy face to face and have historically borne the brunt of the casualties of combat in wars. As the oldest branch of combat arms, they are the backbone of armies...
A regiment is a major tactical military unit, composed of variable numbers of batteries, squadrons or battalions, commanded by a colonel or lieutenant colonel...
that served in the Union Army
The Union Army was the land force that fought for the Union during the American Civil War. It was also known as the Federal Army, the U.S. Army, the Northern Army and the National Army...
in the Western Theater of the American Civil War
This article presents an overview of major military and naval operations in the Western Theater of the American Civil War.-Theater of operations:...
The 5th Minnesota was mustered into Federal service at Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Minnesota is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The twelfth largest state of the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.3 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state...
, between March 15 and April 30, 1862. The 5th Minnesota took part in the following battles and actions:
- Farmington, Miss., May 28, 1862 (Companies A,E-K)
- Redwood, Minn.
The Battle of Redwood Ferry was a battle in the Dakota War of 1862.-Description:News reached Captain John S. Marsh at Fort Ridgely that the Lower Sioux Agency had been attacked on August 18, 1862....
, Aug 18, 1862 (Company B, Dakota Conflict)
- Fort Ridgely, Minn.
Fort Ridgely was a United States Army outpost near the Dakota reservation in southwestern Minnesota . Built between 1853–1855, it played an important role in the Dakota War of 1862...
, Aug. 20-22, 1862 (Companiess B & C, Dakota Conflict)
- Fort Abercrombie, Minn.
Fort Abercrombie, in North Dakota, was an American fort established by authority of an act of Congress, March 3, 1857. The act allocated twenty-five square miles of land on the Red River in Dakota Territory to be used for a military outpost, but the exact location was left to the discretion of...
, Sept. 3-6, 1862 (Company D, Dakota Conflict)
- Iuka, Miss.
The Battle of Iuka was fought on September 19, 1862, in Iuka, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. In the opening battle of the Iuka-Corinth Campaign, Union Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans stopped the advance of the army of Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price.Maj. Gen. Ulysses S...
, Sept. 19, 1862 (Companies A,E-K)
- Corinth, Miss.
The Second Battle of Corinth was fought October 3–4, 1862, in Corinth, Mississippi. For the second time in the Iuka-Corinth Campaign, Union Maj. Gen. William S...
, Oct. 4, 1862 (Companies A,E-K)
- Mississippi Springs, Miss., May 13, 1863 (5th Regiment from here on)
- Jackson, Miss., May 14, 1863
- Assault on Vicksburg, May 22, 1863
- Satartia, Miss., June 4, 1863
- Mechanicsburg, Miss., June 6, 1863
- Richmond, La., June 14, 1863
- Canton, Miss., Oct. 16, 1863
- Brownsville, Miss., Oct. 18, 1863
- Barton's Station, Miss., Oct. 20, 1863
- Assault on Fort De Russy, La.
The Battle of Fort De Russy was part of the Red River Campaign in the American Civil War and took place in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. On March 12, 1864, Brigadier General A.J. Smith and Brigadier General Joseph Mower led their men towards Shreveport, Louisiana, which they wanted to capture...
, March 14, 1864
- Henderson's Hill, La., March 21, 1864
- Grand Ecore, La., April 2, 1864
- Campti, La.
Campti is a town in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,057 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area. Campti is a flat area of mostly farmland. It sets on the eastern bank of the Red River...
, April 3, 1864
- Pleasant Hill, La.
The Battle of Pleasant Hill was fought on April 9, 1864, during the Red River Campaign of the American Civil War, near Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, between Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks and Confederate forces, led by Maj. Gen...
, April 9, 1864
- Cloutierville, La., April 23, 1864
- Cane River, La., April 24, 1864
- Moore's Plantation, La., May 3, 1864
- Bayou La Moure, La., May 6 and 7, 1864
- Bayou Roberts, La., May 7, 1864
- Mansura, La., May 16, 1864
- Bayou De Glaise, La., May 18 and 19, 1864
- Lake Chicot, Ark., June 6, 1864
- Tupelo, Miss.
The Battle of Tupelo was a Union victory over Confederate forces in northern Mississippi which ensured the safety of General William T. Sherman's supply lines.-Background:...
, July 14, 1864 (non-veterans only; veterans on furlough June 17-August 17, 1864)
- Oxford, Miss., Aug. 21, 1864
- Abbeville, Miss., Aug. 23, 1864
- Nashville, Tenn.
The Battle of Nashville was a two-day battle in the Franklin-Nashville Campaign that represented the end of large-scale fighting in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. It was fought at Nashville, Tennessee, on December 15–16, 1864, between the Confederate Army of Tennessee under...
, Dec. 15 and 16, 1864
- Fish River, Ala., March 24, 1865
- Capture of Spanish Fort, Ala.
The Battle of Spanish Fort took place from March 27 to April 8, 1865 in Baldwin County, Alabama, as part of the Mobile Campaign of the Western Theater of the American Civil War....
, April 8, 1865
- Fort Blakely, Ala.
, April 9, 1865
- Garrison Duty at Montgomery, Selma, and Demopolis, Ala., until August, 1865
The regiment was mustered out on September 6, 1865.
The 5th Minnesota Infantry suffered 4 officers and 86 enlisted men killed in action or who later died of their wounds, plus another 4 officers and 175 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 269
- Colonel Rudolph von Borgesrode - April 30, 1862, to August 31, 1862.
- Colonel Lucius F. Hubbard
Lucius Frederick Hubbard was an American politician. He served as the ninth Governor of Minnesota from January 10, 1882 to January 5, 1887. He was a Republican....
- August 31, 1862 to September 6, 1865.
Other noted individuals
- Thomas P. Gere
Thomas Parke Gere was a Union Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Nashville in the American Civil War.-Biography:...
, first lieutenant
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, Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her...
- John Ireland
John Ireland was the third bishop and first archbishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota . He became both a religious as well as civic leader in Saint Paul during the turn of the century...
Chaplain and Archbishop of St. Paul, Minnesota