Students read about the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. They create a timeline surrounding the events of the Civil War and activities of the regiment. Students analyze the history and impact of the regiment.
The lesson is part of "Great States | Minnesota | Unit 5: Minnesota in the Civil War", where students will consider how Minnesotans contributed to the Union side during the Civil War as well as how the results of the Civil War contributed to expanding rights for African Americans.
126.96.36.199.2: Create a timeline of the key events of the American Civil War; describe the war-time experiences of Minnesota soldiers and civilians.
- Class set of First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment handout
- Hand out the article summary “First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment” for students to read. Have students complete the timeline activity and answer questions.
- The events should appear on the timeline in the following order:
- Surrender of Fort Sumter (April 13, 1861)
- First Battle of Bull Run (July 21, 1861)
- Battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863)
- New York City Draft Riots (July 13–16, 1863)
- Battle of Bristoe Station (October 14, 1863)
- First Minnesota Parade (April 28, 1864)
- 1009 volunteers
- 309 enlisted men and 16 officers
- The First Minnesota was engaged in many battles and served on the front lines. Many lives were lost, and many soldiers were wounded. When the regiment received a new commanding officer, many men refused to reenlist. As a result of the reduced number of able-bodied volunteers, the regiment had to disband.
- Answers will vary. Students should explain why a parade was held for the First Minnesota volunteers and whether it was deserved.