A description of the Civil War unit of my great-great-grandfather Peter Stoltz, from Minnesota in Three Centuries, 1655-1908: 1858 by Lucius Frederick Hubbard, William Pitt Murray, James Heaton Baker, Warren Upham, Return Ira Holcombe, Frank R. Holmes, 1908, Free Press Printing Company, Mankato, Minnesota.

First Minnesota Regiment of Heavy Artillery outside Chattanooga

First Minnesota Regiment of Heavy Artillery outside Chattanooga

The last troops raised in Minnesota for service in the Civil War was the First Regiment of Heavy Artillery, the largest organization in point of numbers that went from the State during the war. It was composed of twelve companies, including a total of 1,755 men, most of whom were recruited during the early months of 1865, though the nucleus of the regiment was formed in the autumn of 1864. Its organization was completed in April, 1865, by the appointment of William Colvill as Colonel, Luther L. Baxter as Lieutenant Colonel and Orlando Eddy, C. P. Heffelfinger and David Misner as Majors.

The regiment, was forwarded by companies as they were organized to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they were assigned to duty in the numerous forts by which that strategic point was encompassed.

The war was so near its close when the regiment reached the front, that no opportunity was afforded it to try conclusions with the enemy. It efficiently performed the duty required of it as garrisons of the posts it occupied, where it was retained until its service was no longer required.

“Under the brow of Missionary Ridge, at the base of Lookout Mountain, and with the battlefields of Chickamauga and Atlanta beyond, what inspiring memories to lofty thoughts and patriotism. Rumor comes from time to time that Hood is about to march to Chattanooga and thence to Knoxville. The men are placed on half rations, and the utmost vigilance exerted and anxiety prevails. General Hood had reorganized the rebel forces of the southwest, and it was a serious question as fo what route he would take north. By attacking and capturing Chattanooga, thence on to Knoxville, he could have joined Lee and delayed the final result.”

But Hood met his fate in another quarter. Chattanooga was not seriously threatened, and after a few months’ service the regiment returned to Minnesota, the last of its companies being mustered out of service September 27, 1865.

First Minnesota Regiment of Heavy Artillery outside Chattanooga

First Minnesota Regiment of Heavy Artillery outside Chattanooga

My great-grandfather Peter Stoltz was a musician in this regiment.

One comment on “First Minnesota Regiment of Heavy Artillery

  • Eric,
    My great grandfather, Wilfred Napoleon Caliste
    Bushard, served in the 1st Minn. Co. K. Heavy Artillery, signing up in 1864 and was sent to Chattanooga, Tennessee. I wonder if our relatives knew the drummer boy, Albert Woolson, the last surviving member of the Civil War— from either side that died in 1956. . I’ll bet they did!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *