History of the First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry 1861-1864
by [Holcombe, R. I. (prepared body of the text); Searles, Jasper N. & Taylor, Matthew F. (listed as Veterans of the 1st Reg. and Commissioners)
Stillwater, Minnesota: Easton & Masterman Printers, 1916. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo. , 508 pages. Illustrated with 3 folding maps, one map in text, and 11 illustrations including the frontispiece photograph of Gov. Ramsey. Blue cloth hardcover with gilt title on spine. Cloth is split down the rear joint and chipped head and base of spine. Light shelf wear to cloth covers. Front hinge cracked. Some light soiling to the gutter of the first 40 pages. A couple of small repairs to the first 30 pages. Faded W.S.A. initials written on top and bottom text block edges. Previous owner's signature "We??? Stevens Abbott" written vertically on front paste down. This copy has two added orders and a bookplate on the right front flyleaf (see description below). Scattered pencil underlining and marginalia on front end sheets, inside text and on the roster section. Old news clipping regarding Lincoln's 125 Birthday and New England Cavalry facsimile advertisement laid in between pages 190-191 resulted in a brown shadow stain. Cloth binding protected by mylar jacket. Dornbusch I MN. This copy, owned by a relative of soldier(s) from the 1st Regiment, contains several short personal hand written notes in text and roster section. Two added "Orders" were placed inside the book. On the front paste down is a printed copy of Gen. Washington's General Order, Aug. 3, 1776 & Gen. McClellan's General Order, September 6, 1861. Written underneath the order in pencil - "This was in John Hoblitt's Knapsack." Next to the note is a question in pencil - "Who had it?". W. Stevens Abbott name is written in pen on the front paste down next to the order. On the right front flyleaf is the bookplate of Sydney C. Kerkis. A pencil inscription written underneath the bookplate reads, "John Hoblitt, Corporal, Co. "D" 21 years old. Died of Disease 11/20/1861 - There were Three Stevens, Four Abbotts and Two Hoblitts in the Regiment." The second added "Order" is located before page 1. This is a two page printed copy of "Lieut. Col. C. P. Adams' Last Order." Adam's order is loose and contains some pencil underlining and a hard to transcribe note - "I ga??? McClellans f??? at Beverly Post gar." An interesting note on the last page of Chapter 30 - "The First Minnesota at Fredericksburg" (page 275) reads: "Soon after this time Papa was mustered out transferred to Washington D.C. to take charge of Secy. Stanton's private printing - enlisting (for that purpose) in regular army as U.S. Hospital Steward." The "Roster" section contains several notes, check marks, underlining, etc. Some of the notes refer to relatives in the 1st Regiment. The 1st Minnesota Regiment was one of the first to volunteer for service. Governor Ramsey is credited for being the first Governor to volunteer troops for the Union. He happened to be in Washington D.C. at the time of the outbreak of the War. The 1st Minnesota Regiment suffered heavy causalities during its three year service.
(Inventory #: 7478)
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