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The Civil War

Title: Letter From Fort Snelling
Type: Letter
Date: 1861
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Edward L. Davis, a member of the Minnesota First regiment, wrote this letter during his training at Fort Snelling.
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Letter From Fort Snelling

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Activities:

  1. What details might suggest to you that this letter was written by Private Davis before he was involved in any battles of the war?



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  2. What differences do you think you might see if this letter was written by a soldier who had been in battle?



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  3. What might be the "other sources" that Davis suggests have informed Red Wing citizens about their life as soldiers?



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  4. What would be the purpose of drilling the soldiers for the long hours that Davis describes?



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