The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. This blog is a tool to share these stories and let people know what is happening in the department.
Civil War Battles
While Gettysburg remains the most famous battle of the Civil War, Vicksburg should not be overlooked in importance. Both were fought over the days surrounding July 4 in 1863; Minnesotans fought heroically in both; and both were turning points in the war.
Gettysburg stopped the momentum of the Confederacy in Pennsylvania; Vicksburg severed the Confederacy’s use of the Mississippi River.
Paintings of these events are located in the Governor's Reception Room, Minnesota State Capitol, Saint Paul. 1905-1915.
One is "Fourth Minnesota Regiment Entering Vicksburg, July 4, 1863" by Francis Davis Millet; the other is the “Battle of Gettysburg” by Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum.
Learn more about these two battles here.