The Third Minnesota Entering Little Rock
Stanley M. Arthurs
After an embarrassing surrender to Confederate Gen. Nathaniel Bedford Forrest in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in July 1862, the Third Minnesota was sent home, where it served during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Later that year, it was redeployed back to the South.
This scene shows the regiment marching into Little Rock on the morning of September 11, 1863, a significant event given these soldiers were the first infantrymen to enter Arkansas’s capital after its desertion by the Confederate Army. In recognition of its efficiency and discipline, the Third Minnesota was chosen to serve as the occupation force. The garrison’s commander, Col. Christopher Columbus Andrews, went on to play a key role early in Minnesota’s forest conservation movement.