The dozen or so Minnesotans were chosen for their varying perspectives -- the tweets inspired by their diaries, letters and newspaper accounts of the day.
All of the tweets are compiled on the @MNCivilWar Twitter profile, but characters, including the following, also have individual accounts.
Sample: "As soon as I know my family is safe, I'll start planning our way North ... "
Bio: Hickman escapes slavery in Missouri before landing in Minnesota, where he co-founded Pilgrim Baptist Church in St. Paul.
Shares: His clandestine plans and harrowing journey, in a way that makes you simultaneously cheer for him and question the wisdom of putting it all out there.
James Madison Bowler
Sample: "Stationed with the rest of the 3rd Regt in St. Paul. Waiting to receive marching orders."
Bio: Bowler, an idealist from rural Dakota County eager to fight to free the slaves, serves in the 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.
Shares: A rocky marriage for all to see as he exchanges tense letters with his wife, Elizabeth, who tweets as @lizziebowler about being angry and alone at home. Sound like anyone you know?
Sample: "Practice the rule of health better than any of the others: Cleanliness, changing clothes once a week, and bathing regularly when I can."
Bio: Christie, an Irish immigrant, joins the 1st Minnesota Light Artillery with his brothers, including William, who tweets as @WillChristieMN.
Shares: The Christies tweet about everything, from battles to hygiene, and in more detail than you ever wanted.