The First Minnesota Volunteers at Gettysburg

The First Minnesota Volunteers at Gettysburg: The 150th Anniversary

by Richard Moe

Excerpted from The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers

Meet the Author: Monday July 1, 2013 7 pm

As part of the Army of the Potomac, the First Minnesota faced some of the most brutal and unforgiving battles of the Civil War: Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. By the time the First faced the Confederates at Gettysburg early in July 1863, the soldiers had spent two years fighting side by side, forming bonds of trust and loyalty. In this decisive engagement of the Civil War, these ordinary men would astonish a nation as they offered their last full measure of devotion.

Richard Moe’s The Last Full Measure has garnered a reputation as the definitive history of the First Minnesota Regiment and one of a handful of classic regimental histories of the Civil War. This MHS Express e-book presents a brief introduction on the regiment’s history and the Moe’s unforgettable chapter on Gettysburg.

Praise for the book:

“The chapter on the First Minnesota’s moment of supreme sacrifice at Gettysburg is the best thing of its kind that I have ever read.”—James M. McPherson

“Richard Moe, in this wonderfully told regimental history, manages to rescue that which Civil War studies so often neglects: the people.”—Ken Burns, co-producer of The Civil War

$1.99 E-book, ISBN: 978-0-87351-903-8

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WATCH Richard Moe speak at the Minnesota Historical Society July 1, 2013

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