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Raising the First Volunteers

April 14-17, 2011

Historic Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota

• 80 military enactors, entirely in 1861 era CIVILIAN CLOTHING
• 30+ civilians

When news arrived in the Nation's Capital of the fall of Fort Sumter, Minnesota's Gov. Alexander Ramsey immediately tendered 1000 men. Within days 10 companies were raised; rugged frontiersmen ready to serve. Be one of those men 150 years later, almost to the day, in the historic fort where they trained.

Based on extensive primary source research, this event will be a semi-immersion (due to the location of the fort), experience of the soldiers of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and the civilians who thronged to the limestone fort on a daily basis. Live in the stone barracks; do guard duty. Have many interactions with friends and family while daily awaiting orders to the seat of war.

Recreate the first days of the Union's first volunteer regiment.

Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/theriseofthefirstvolunteers/

Colonel: Rob Murray (Portraying Willis Gorman)

Civilian Coordinator: Tara Harl

Contact: Joe Beedle thesheepfarm@gmail.com

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  • Dec 10, 2009
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