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July 2, 2013

Special Edition – Several objects and Marvin’s diary from Gettyburg – July 2, 1863

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Gettysburg was the turning point of the war, and troops from Minnesota played an important role in it. The 1st MN sustains record losses: 82%.

Snare drum reportedly used by Private Daniel Farquhar of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company A, at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863. Private Farquhar served as the artifcer (mechanic or repairman) for the company. He was wounded at the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.

United States Army Officer’s Model 1850 sword and scabbard made by the Ames Manufacturing Company in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The sword was owned by Colonel William Colvill of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Colvill became the fifth and final colonel of the regiment on May 6, 1863 and was wounded several times during the Civil War, three times at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, which left him partially crippled for the rest of his life.

Pair of United States Army spurs worn during the Civil War by General Charles Powell Adams of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Adams was mustered into service on April 30, 1861, and elected Captain of Company H. General Adams was wounded many times during the course of the war; at Bull Run, Antietam, Malvern Hill, and at Gettysburg, where he served as lieutenant colonel and was hit at least three times.

Battle of Gettysburg. Artist: Zogbaum, Rufus Fairchild / Located in the Governor’s Reception Room, Minnesota State Capitol, Saint Paul.

Marvin: I have got about all the pain I can stand

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