5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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The Civil War was underway. The young state of Minnesota had already been authorized to raise four regiments of infantry. On October 23, 1861, the Assistant Secretary of War for the United States, Thomas A. Scott, sent correspondence to Governor Alexander Ramsey of Minnesota:
War Department,     
Washington, October 23, 1861.
Hon. Alexander Ramsey,
               Governor of
: Please consider yourself authorized to raise an additional regiment of infantry, being the fifth from your State.
Assistant Secretary of War.

The Fifth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment was subsequently organized at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, from March 15 to April 30, 1862, and was disbanded September 6, 1865. The 5th Minnesota participated in western theater Civil War activities as part of the Union Army; it also was employed in managing Indian affairs at times. During its 3 1/2 years of service, the regiment lost 4 officers and 86 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded, and 4 officers and 175 enlisted men by disease for a total loss of 269 men. A synopsis of regiment activities may be viewed at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/regiments.cfm .

This web site has information on the 10 companies of the 5th Minnesota (designated A-I and K) as well as the Field and Staff officers and Generals who commanded the 5th Minnesota.

I started this web-site because my great great grandfather, Johann "Michael" Herrmann, served in the 5th Minnesota, Company E, from September 1864 until he was wounded at the Battle of Nashville on December 16, 1864.

Tim Bode
5th Minnesota Researcher & Webmaster

Companies of the 5th Minnesota

Company A Company B Company C Company D Company E
Company F Company G Company H Company I Company K

Field & Staff
Alphabetical Index of Soldiers with Individual Pages
(at this web-site; by last name)
who commanded the 5th Minnesota

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Recent Updates

12/5/2012   Added a bio page for Edwin Maynard, Company H
2/24/2012   Added a bio page for George Giebenhain, Company F
2/2/2012   Added a bio page for Ernst A. Boessling, Company D
1/31/2012   Added a bio page for Charles E. White, Company I
1/17/2012   Added a bio page for Lemuel Bardwell, Company A

1/16/2012   Added a bio page for Theodore Bardwell, Company A
1/14/2012   Added a bio page for Tracy Bardwell, Company A
Updated bio page for Nicolas I. Lowthian, Company C
5/22/2011   Added a bio page for William Van Slyke, Company G
5/01/2011   Added a bio page for Charles Chapel, Company C
4/26/2011   Updated bio page for John Marsh, Company B
4/26/2011   Updated bio page for Nicolas I. Lowthian, Company C
4/26/2011   Added a bio page for Elias W. Mortimer, Company F
4/24/2011   Updated bio page for
Thomas Mogan, Company K
4/23/2011   Added a bio page for Jean B. Trotecheaud, Company D
4/20/2011   Added head shots to the Generals page
4/10/2011   Added a photo link for Captain John King, Company G
4/8/2011   Added 5th Minnesota in the Official Records page (under construction)

2/15/2011   Updated bio page for Ezekiel Rose, Company B
1/18/2011   Added a bio page for Richard Gessert, Company E
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Military Activities of the 5th Minnesota

Specific Localities Represented in the 5th Minnesota

Wabasha County

Memorabilia & Photos

Do you have any photos of soldiers or memorabilia from the 5th Minnesota that you'd like to share? Please contact me at timbode@juno.com . Thanks!

Additional Resources Concerning the 5th Minnesota

Thomas P. Gere Diary
5th Minnesota in the Official Records - direct links to reports concerning the 5th Minnesota from the Ohio State University (text) and from Google Books (pdf) (under construction)
Fifth Minnesota, Company C - Reenactment web site
5th Minnesota for Kids - includes the diary of Orlando McFall, private in Company C
5th Minnesota Company C - Facebook group
Historical Fort Abercrombie - in Dakota Territory
Fort DeRussy - Report of John Becht concerning the role of the 5th Minnesota in the capture of Fort DeRussy, Louisiana

Wikipedia Articles Relating to the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

5th Minnesota Infantry
American Civil War
Battle of Corinth (2nd)
Battle of Fort Blakely
Battle of Fort Ridgely
Battle of Iuka - 5th Minnesota present, but held in reserve
Battle of Meridian
Battle of Nashville
Battle of Pleasant Hill
Battle of Redwood Ferry
Battle of Spanish Fort
Dakota War of 1862
Fort Abercrombie
Fort Ridgely
Fort Snelling
Franklin-Nashville Campaign
Grant's Canal - near Vicksburg
Lucius Frederick Hubbard
Price's Raid
Red River Campaign
Siege of Corinth - including the Battle of Farmington (May 28, 1862)
Siege of Vicksburg
Union Army
Vicksburg Campaign
Vicksburg National Military Park
Western Theater of the American Civil War

Other Minnesota Regiments' Web Sites

Additional Resources Concerning Minnesota in the Civil War

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This page is maintained by Tim Bode (timbode@juno.com ). Created on 7/1/2007. Last modified on 12/4/2012.

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