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Coming Home From War: Fort Snelling in 1865

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

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 reenact-ors 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.



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