Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The 1st Minnesota

A stellar monument on the Gettysburg battlefield, memorializing the stand of the First Minnesota Volunteers on the second day of fighting. With the Union line breaking under the weight of Confederate attacks, Major General Winfield Scott Hancock called upon the nearly 300 Minnesotans of the First to hold off the oncoming rebels long enough for reinforcements to be assembled. They did, at a cost of one of the highest casualty rates of the battle. (Click on image for larger view).

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