The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry will be commemorated during Washington County’s most recent “One County, One Book” program in which multiple residents are encouraged to read and discuss the same materials.
The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry was a regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was the first state volunteer regiment formally tendered to the Federal government under Abraham Lincoln’s call for 300,000 troops in 1861. The regiment suffered significant losses. At the First Battle of Bull Run, it took the heaviest casualties of any Federal regiment on the field, an unfortunate honor that it would hold in more than one battle. It was noted in particular for its gallant service and heavy casualties at the Battle of Gettysburg. As always, the First Minnesota fought with courage and distinction.