ONE OF THE FIRST UNION VOLUNTEER
The First Minnesota, a regiment that
fought in the flanking column at
Bull Run. On April 14, 1861, The day after
Sumter's surrender, the Federal Government received an offer of a volunteer
regiment from Minnesota, and on April 29, the First Minnesota was mustered into
service by Lieutenant W W. Sanders, U.S. A. Under Colonel Willis A. Gorman, the
regiment proceeded to Washington in June and, attached to Franklin's Brigade,
Heintzelman's Division of
McDowell's Army, at Bull Run gave an excellent
account of itself, finally retiring from the field in good order. A record for
conspicuous bravery was sustained by the First Minnesota throughout the war,
notably its famous charge on the field of Gettysburg, July 9, 1863.
The photograph was taken just before the
regiment left Fort Snelling in 1861. In the front line the first from the left
is Lieut. Colonel Stephen Miller, the next is Colonel Gorman. On his left hand
is Major Dyke and next to him is Adjutant W. B. Leach. Between the last two and
behind them is Captain William Colvill, while at the left hand of Adjutant Leach
is Captain Mark Downie. At the extreme right of the picture stands General J. B.
Sanborn with Lieutenant Sanders (mustering officer) on his right hand, and on
Sanders' right is the Honorable Morton S. Wilkenson. Colvill, as Colonel, led
the regiment in its Gettysburg charge.