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The Civil War

Title: Letter From Fort Snelling
Type: Letter
Date: 1861
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Edward L. Davis, a member of the Minnesota First regiment, wrote this letter during his training at Fort Snelling.
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Letter From Fort Snelling

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  1. What details might suggest to you that this letter was written by Private Davis before he was involved in any battles of the war?

  2. What differences do you think you might see if this letter was written by a soldier who had been in battle?

  3. What might be the "other sources" that Davis suggests have informed Red Wing citizens about their life as soldiers?

  4. What would be the purpose of drilling the soldiers for the long hours that Davis describes?