2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry was organized at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and mustered in by Companies as follows: "A" and "B" June 26, "D" and "E" July 5, "F" and "G" July 8, "H" July 15, "I" July 20, and "K" August 23, 1861. It mustered out on July 11, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky[1].

For more information on this regiment see the following:

  • Wikipedia, (accessed 9 Dec 2010) article on the 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles,companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The following counties of origin are taken from the Adjutant General's Report, found on the Internet Archives web site. The rosters show the men who served in each regiment, their residences, dates of enlistment and mustering out, and other remarks. Also see the Dalby Database, a site from Minnesota, searchable by men, counties, regiments and companies.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,607 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Minnesota in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Minnesota in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Minnesota, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861-1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Research OnLine. (accessed 9 Dec 2010) Second Regiment history and bibliography.
  • Rootsweb. (accessed 30 Dec 2018) Second Regiment history and a roster of the men from Wabasha County.
  • Civil War Index. (accessed 9 Dec 2010) Website with detailed Minnesota regimental histories.
  • MilitaryHistoryOnline, (accessed 9 December 2010) has submissions by people about their ancestors who served in the Civil War.
  • Albertson, Joan W. Letters home to Minnesota : 2nd Minnesota Volunteers. (Spokane, Washington : P.D. Enterprises, c1992), FHL book 977.6 M2a.
  • Bishop, Judson Wade, and Newell L Chester. The story of a regiment : being a narrative of the service of the Second Regiment, Minnesota Veteran Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil War of 1861-1865. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993).FHL Collection FHL US/CAN fiche 6118049. Google books.
  • Carley, Kenneth, and Richard Moe. Minnesota in the Civil War: An Illustrated History. (Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2000).  Book of battle histories, photographs, short biographies and a roster of the different regiments with their officers, beginning on page 204. Google books. (Not all pages are shown). Other libraries with this book.
  • Chester, Newell L and Judson Wade Bishop. The Story of a regiment [...] the Second Minnesota Regiment, Minnesota Veteran Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War of 1861 to 1865 : with history of Judson Bishop and additional chapters. (St. Cloud, Minnesota : North Star Press of St. Cloud, c2000) FHL Collection FHL US/CAN book 977.6 M2cn.   World Cat entry.
  • Donahower, Jeremiah C. Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6118051
  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies : [Minnesota]. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993). FHL Collection. FHL US/CAN fiche 6084700. Other libraries with this book.
  • Minnesota. Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars 1861-1865. (St. Paul, Minn: Electrotyped and printed for the State by the Pioneer Press Company, 1890).FHL Collection. FHL US/CAN book 977.6 H2bc. Other libraries with this book. Click on the FHL Collection link to view this book online. It contains detailed histories and rosters of each Minnesota Military Unit.
  • Minnesota. Adjutant General's Office. Minnesota Adjutant General's Report of 1866. (Roseville, Minnesota : Park Genealogical Books, c1997).  FHL US/CAN book 977.6 M2ma Other libraries with this book. Arranged in alphabetical order by soldier's name. Gives soldier's name, age, birthplace, rank, regiment, company, date and place mustered in, date and place mustered out, and other information.
  • Pendergast, T. H. Pen pictures from the Second Minnesota : "Personal recollections by a private soldier" and "Marching thro' Georgia". (Roseville, Minnesota : Park Genealogical Books, c1998), FHL book 977.6 M2pt
  • United States. Army. Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865). John Foot, born at the city of New York on the 30th, April, 1835, died at Geneva, Ontario County on the 13th, March, 1862. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993) FHL fiche 6118052

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 11 January 2011)