The Tenth Minnesota Volunteers, 1862–1865

A History of Action in the Sioux Uprising and the Civil War, with a Regimental Roster


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About the Book

The Civil War experience of the 10th Minnesota Volunteer Regiment resembles that of few other regiments. On the day the 10th Minnesota first mustered at Fort Snelling in August 1862, the Sioux Indian War broke out in western Minnesota. Soldiers who signed up to fight the Confederacy instead found themselves marching to defend the frontier and spending a year fighting two campaigns against the Sioux. When the 10th finally deployed south to fight the Confederate Army, it engaged in a series of skirmishes in the West, including battles at Tupelo and Nashville, and suffered many casualties. This chronicle merges the individual experiences of Union soldiers, Native Americans, and Confederates to offer a compelling, panoramic portrait of the 10th Minnesota during the Sioux Uprising and the Civil War, revealing the unwavering resolve of this remarkable regiment.

About the Author(s)

Born and raised in Minnesota, Michael A. Eggleston is a graduate of West Point and a 30 year Army veteran. Now retired, he lives in Nokesville, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Michael A. Eggleston

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 238
Bibliographic Info: 61 photos, 4 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6593-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8942-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1
Introduction      5

1. Sibley’s Campaign Against the Sioux      11
2. Vengeance on the Plains      50
3. Moving South      76
4. The Battle of Nashville      87
5. The Last Battle      98

Epilogue: The Key Participants After 1865      103
A. Treaty with the Sioux—Sisseton and Wahpeton Bands, 1851      111
B. Narrative of the Tenth Regiment      114
C. Tenth Regiment Roster      131
D. The Casualties      164
E. Eating on the March      177
F. The Tribes      178
G. The Trials      181
H. Lincoln’s Report to Congress      188
I. The Executions      197
Chapter Notes      213
Bibliography      223
Index      227

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “a must”—Midwest Book Review
  • “an admirable job filling the gap with this book on the 10th Minnesota…superb regimental roster…a worthwhile book ”—Civil War News
  • “well-written…an enjoyable read”—Blue & Gray Magazine