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The First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment 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 nearly six times larger that was threatening to break through the Union-held line. Of about 262 men ordered forward to buy time until reinforcements could arrive, about three-quarters were killed or seriously wounded – 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. Shown here is "The Battle of Gettysburg," an 1906 oil painting by Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum. See this painting at the State Capitol in the Governor's reception room courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

A calendar of local events marking the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg.

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"The Battle of Gettysburg," oil painting by Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum, 1906. Source: Minnesota Historical Society