Battle of Gettysburg Painting
The story of Minnesotans at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, is one of bravery and resilience. On July 2, 1863, the First Minnesota charged a line of Confederates that greatly outnumbered them, holding the line until Union reinforcements arrived. The next day, the First Minnesotans who were able repulsed Pickett's Charge, which led to the end of the battle and a turning point in the Civil War. The regiment lost 80% of its men at Gettysburg.
"Battle of Gettysburg" by Rufus Zogbaum was completed in 1907, one of six paintings hung in the Governor's Reception Room at the Minnesota State Capitol. After discussion in fall 2016 with government officials and residents, the six Civil War murals, including "Battle of Gettysburg," will remain. Other Capitol paintings will be relocated or removed.