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Brief History

The 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery, was organized at St. Paul and Rochester, Minnesota, from September 1864 to February 1865. They mustered out on September 27, 1865 at Chattanooga, Tennessee[1].

For more information about the 1st Regiment, MInnesota Heavy Artillery, see the following:

Companies in this Regiment with County of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The following counties of origin are taken from the Adjutant General's Report, found on the Internet Archives web site. The rosters show the men who served in each regiment, their residences, dates of enlistment and mustering out, and other remarks. Also see the Dalby Database, a site from Minnesota, searchable by men, counties, regiments and companies. (List the regiment as Heavy Artillery.)

Company A - many men from various counties - Roster, page 570.

Company B - many men from various counties - Roster, page 574.

Company C - many men from various counties - Roster, page 578.

Company D - many men from Fillmore County and various states, and countires - Roster, page 582.

Company E - Roster, page 587.

Company F - many men from Blue Earth County and Faribault County - Roster, page 592.

Company G - many men from Wabasha County and Ramsey County - Roster, page 597.

Company H - many men from Olmsted County and Ramsey County - Roster, page 602.

Company I - Roster, page 606.

Company K - Roster, page 610.

Company L - Roster, page 615.

Company M - Roster, page 620.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,601 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Mississippi in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Minnesota in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Mississippi, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Rootsweb. (accessed 9 Dec 2010) A roster of the First Regiment Heavy Artillery Minnesota Volunteers.
  • Rootsweb. (accessed 9 Dec 2010) Narrative of the First Regiment of Minnesota Heavy Artillery by Lieutenant and Adjutant James J. Egan.
  • ResearchOnline. (accessed 9 Dec 2010) Brief history and a biblography on the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery.
  • Carley, Kenneth, and Richard Moe. Minnesota in the Civil War: An Illustrated History. (Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2000). Book of battle histories, photographs, short biographies and a roster of the different regiments with their officers, beginning on page 204. Google book (Not all pages are shown). WorldCat book.
  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies : [Minnesota]. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993).FHL Collection. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6084700. Other libraries with this book.
  • Minnesota. Adjutant General's Office. Minnesota Adjutant General's Report of 1866. (Roseville, Minnesota : Park Genealogical Books, c1997).  FHL US/CAN Book  977.6 M2ma Other libraries with this book. Arranged in alphabetical order by soldier's name. Gives soldier's name, age, birthplace, rank, regiment, company, date and place mustered in, date and place mustered out, and other information.
  • Minnesota. Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars 1861-1865. (St. Paul, Minn: Electrotyped and printed for the State by the Pioneer Press Company, 1890).FHL Collection. FHL US/CAN Book 977.6 H2bc. Other libraries with this book. Click on the FHL Collection link to view this book online. It contains detailed histories and rosters of each Minnesota Military Unit.


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 11 January 2011)


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