July 2, 1863

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"And they had given Hancock his five minutes, plus five more for good measure."
                                                                                       Shelby Foote

The First Minnesota Regiment's immortality ironically tends to rest on this remarkable ten minutes during which these highly disciplined and battle-tested veterans of Bull Run, the Peninsula, Antietam and Fredericksburg resolutely did their duty and repulsed the charge of Wilcox's Brigade.  The losses to the regiment were terrible but the remains of the regiment who had not been killed or wounded rose to fight again on the third day at Gettysburg.

This page includes five Civil War historian's description of this famous action, excerpts from the official reports, diary accounts and questions to consider.

The number of men in Company K on the field this day is not clear.  According to William Lochren, there were 29 on the muster list of June 30.   Matthew Marvin reports that 31 men fought in Company K that day and he made out the muster list..  There is no doubt about the losses:

Killed Wounded Not Wounded
Israel Durr Charles Behr Henry Boysen
Jacob Geisreiter Alfred Carpenter Hiram A. Brink
Leslie P. Gore Chester Durfee William H. Churchill
Joseph Periam Joseph S. Eaton Joseph S. Hill
Augustus Smith John Einfeldt James Richardson
Henry C. Winters July 3 Charles Ely William Sargeant
Randolph Wright Charles Goddard
Peter Vosz Louis Hanson
Timothy Keily
William Kinyon
Matthew Marvin
Charles North
Samuel B. Tenny
James Turner

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