The Battle of Gettysburg

Rufus F. Zogbaum




First Floor
Governor's Reception Room

Date Completed

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The First Minnesota Regiment, one of the most seasoned and respected units of the Union Army, played a crucial role in this turning-point battle of the Civil War. Ordered to charge down Cemetery Ridge on July 2, 1863, the regiment successfully stopped the advance of a Confederate brigade that was nearly six times larger and threatened to break through the Union-held line.

Of the 262 men ordered forward to buy time until reinforcements could arrive, 220 were either killed or seriously wounded; the 82-percent casualty figure was the highest single-battle toll for any Union regiment during the war. Col. William Colvill, standing behind the tattered flag, rallies his men forward. He would soon be wounded and crippled for life.