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7th Minnesota Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
Seventh Infantry. — Cols., Stephen Miller, William R. Marshall; Lieut. - Col., George Bradley; Maj., William H. Burt. This regiment was organized in Aug., 1862, was mustered in by companies and sent in detachments on Indian campaigns the latter part of August and early part of September. Cos. A, B, F and G started for Fort Ridgely, Capt. Cutter in command, and reached there Sept. 2. The same evening they joined the relieving force for Birch Coolie, reaching Col. McPhaill 2 miles from the coolie at midnight and the besieged party soon after daylight; cared for the wounded and buried the dead, and then returned to the fort, where Co. H soon joined them. They took part in the expedition which left the fort on the 18th ; were in the engagement at Wood Lake ; and were at Camp Release from Sept. 28 to Oct. 24. They then moved to Camp Sibley, where Co. A joined them, having been detached for the burial of the dead about Yellow Medicine. They next moved for Camp Lincoln near Mankato, being joined by Co. K at that point. Co. A went to Fairmont, Co. B, to Tivoli, near the Winnebago agency, and Co. E was stationed at Madelia. The rest of the regiment remained as guard over the prisoners during the winter, being present at the execution of the 38 who had been found guilty of massacring whites, and moved to Camp Pope on Redwood river in May. It joined the movement towards Dakota in June. Co. D joined the regiment at Fort Abercrombie July 9 and C and I were detailed to occupy Camp Atchison. The regiment was engaged at Big Mound and in several skirmishes during the following week. It started on its return trip Aug. 1 and reached Fort Snelling Sept. 9. It left the state Oct. 8 for St. Louis for guard duty and from there details were made from time to time. It was sent to Paducah, Ky., April 20, 1864, moved to Memphis in June, and was assigned to the 3d brigade, 1st division, 16th corps. It was in the campaign through Mississippi and in the action at Tupelo, losing 10 killed and 52 wounded. It participated in the Oxford raid, the pursuit of Price through Arkansas and Missouri until late in the fall and reached Nashville Nov. 30. It was in the battle of Nashville, where it assisted in capturing several redoubts. In the pursuit of Hood's army it reached Clifton, Tenn., Jan. 3, 1865, moved from there to Eastport, Miss., to New Orleans in February, in March to Dauphin island, and participated in the siege and capture of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely. It was then sent to Montgomery, thence to Selma, where it remained until ordered home, and was mustered out Aug. 16, 1865. The original strength of the regiment was 918; gain by recruits 217; total 1,135. Loss by death, 147; discharge, 314; transfer, 45; desertion, 26, mustered out 603.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 4

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