The Fifth Minnesota at Corinth
Edwin H. Blashfield
On October 4, 1862, the second day of the Battle of Corinth, Lt. Col. Lucius Hubbard led the Fifth Minnesota Regiment in a pivotal charge that thwarted Confederate efforts to retake this strategic Mississippi railway center. Near the center of the painting, Hubbard, astride a brown horse, leads the charge. Visible farther back amid the troops is the clean-shaven John Ireland, who served as regimental chaplain and reportedly distributed ammunition to the men during the fight. He later became archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and, early in the 20th century, directed construction of the Cathedral of St. Paul.