LEAP DAY BONUS EDITION – Reception for the 2nd Minnesota Regiment at the Winslow Hotel – February 29, 1864Friday, February 28th, 2014
This is a bonus post: 1864 was a leap year, whereas 2014 is not. – ed.
The 2nd Minnesota Regiment’s original term of service expired around Christmas of 1863 and about eighty percent of the soldiers reenlisted. They were rewarded with a thirty day furlough at the end of January, 1864. On February 29, 1864 the 2nd Minnesota reassembled at Fort Snelling. In addition to about three hundred returning veterans, approximately one hundred fifty new recruits were in attendance. In the afternoon the group marched to St. Anthony for a grand reception and ball in their honor at the Winslow House. The party lasted all night, ending in the morning with a hot breakfast and a march back to the fort.
Photographs of the Winslow House, the first luxury hotel on the riverfront overlooking St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. The five story limestone hotel opened in 1857 and closed during the Civil War for lack of guests. It was eventually torn down in 1886.
For more information on the 2nd Minnesota, see the article “The Second Minnesota in the West” in Minnesota History vol. 38, issue 6.
For more views of the Winslow House, see Collections Online.
Winslow Hotel, St. Anthony, photoprint. MH5.9 MP3.1W r135. Minnesota Historical Society.
Winslow House, St. Anthony, photoprint. MH5.9 MP3.1W r25. Minnesota Historical Society.