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5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry

5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry
Mustered into service in March 1862,  the regiment's companies were scattered between frontier  forts Abercrombie, Ridgley and Ripley.  Seven companies were sent south in May, but three remained in Minnesota and took part in the Dakota War, notably in the fighting at Redwood Ferry and the defense of Fort Ridgely.  The rest of the 5th Minnesota became part of the 1st Division of the Army of the Mississippi and took part in the capture of Corinth Mississippi.  In the fall of 1862 the regiment fought in the second Battle of Corinth, playing a prominent role in repelling the Confederate assault on the town.  The three companies left in Minnesota rejoined the 5th Minnesota during the winter of 1862-1863.  The reunited regiment took part in the Vicksburg campaign the following summer. After the fall of Vicksburg the 5th Minnesota took part in the unsuccessful Red River Campaign, March - May, 1864 and later rejoined the 16th Army Corps in the pursuit of Hood's Army through Tennessee.  At the battle of Nashville they played a prominent part, with other Minnesota regiments in the charge that broke the Confederate lines on Dec. 16, 1864.  In 1865 the 5th Minnesota took part in the campaign to capture Mobile, Alabama specifically the capture of Spanish Fort in March, 1865.  At the end of the war the 16th Corps, with the 5th Minnesota served for a time as occupation troops in Alabama.  The regiment was mustered out at Ft. Snelling on Sept. 6, 1865.

Books

"Narrative of the Fifth Regiment," by General L. F. Hubbard.
In Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, Vol. I, p. 243 - 281.
MNHS call number: Reading Room E515.M66 1891

Manuscripts

William Arkins and Family Papers, 1862-1951.
Nine letters and two brief diaries written by William and John Arkins while serving in the Civil War as members of the Fifth Regiment, Minnesota Infantry; and other family biographical and genealogical data. 
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P953).

John S. Marsh Military Papers, 1862, 1961.
These materials include an August 5, 1862 message from Lieutenant Timothy J. Sheehan, commander of the guard at the agency, to his superior officer Captain John S. Marsh, at Fort Ridgely, requesting he come to the agency immediately or recall the men to the post, and two August 5 letters from U. S. Indian Agent Thomas Galbraith, one to Marsh, also requesting his presence at the agency, the other to Lt. Sheehan, stating his lack of trust in the military’s interpreter, Peter Quinn, and requesting he have no further contact with the Dakota under Galbraith’s jurisdiction.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (Reserve: P1369: Marsh, John S.)
*This is a reserve item that requires the curator's permission to view.

William A. Van Slyke Papers, 1862-1910.
Military records, memorabilia, letters, and clippings relating to the career and interests of Van Slyke, a St. Paul (Minn.) businessman and politician, an officer in the Fifth Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War (1862-1863), and later a member of the National Guard. Included are muster rolls and payrolls (oversize) for the Fifth Minnesota (1862), and a report on enlistments of recruits made in St. Paul by Van Slyke (1864).
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1526).

Henry N. Herrick and Family Papers, 1851-1956.
Herrick’s letters, reports, and diary during his Civil War service (1864-1865) as chaplain of the Fifth Minnesota Infantry trace the regiment’s movements and activities in the South and discuss religious and moral aspects of army and civilian life and war damage.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (A/.H566).
 
William B. McGorty and Family Papers, 1851-1915.
Primarily McGrorty’s letters (1862-1864) to his wife Bridget from Mississippi and Tennessee during his Civil War service as a captain in the Fifth Minnesota Infantry, discussing army life, battles, and personal affairs, and describing Nashville (Tenn.) and other southern cities. There are vouchers and other documents (1862-1863) for McGrorty’s purchases as regimental quartermaster. Some earlier and later letters and miscellany contain family data.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (A/.M147).

William B. and Thomas P. Gere Papers, 1847-1911.
Reports of William B. Gere, lieutenant colonel of the Fifth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War; letters from Judson W. Bishop, Charles E. Flandrau, Henry M. Rice, and others on Democratic politics and railroad matters in Chatfield, Minn. (1855-1861); reminiscences of Thomas P. Gere regarding the siege of Fort Ripley and the 1862 Dakota Conflict; his diary of the Civil War period (Jan. 1, 1862-May 15, 1865).
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P2434).

Lucius F. Hubbard and Family Papers, 1842-1872.
Thirty-eight letters and a report (1862-1866) by Hubbard during his Civil War service with the Fifth Minnesota Infantry in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. He describes troop movements, battles, skirmishes, casualties, army leaders, and living conditions in the South, and national politics.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (A/H.875).

Biographical Record of Members of Company E, 5th Minnesota Infantry [undated].
Data on 115 men who served in Company E, 5th Minnesota Infantry, during the Civil War, including physical description, birthplace, occupation, service record, and discharge or death data.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1380).

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