The final weeks of the American Civil War were as dramatic as Minnesotans have ever experienced. Patricia Bauer describes the final days of fighting, the sorrow following Lincoln’s assassination, and the relief of welcoming the state’s soldiers home at last. In 2015, staff at Historic Fort Snelling and reenactors from around the country gathered to retrace the return of the Second Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The storied regiment returned by paddleboat and was mustered out at the same fort from which they left for war years earlier.
Published By The Minnesota Historical Society