Cdv of 3rd Minnesota Infantry officer Lewis Hardy wearing fur hat and armed with a sword.
"N. Brown," St. Louis, MO photographer's b/m. In fine condition with wear as shown.
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"3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry
Commissioned in November of 1861, this regiment was initially sent to Tennessee. As part of the Army of the Cumberland, the third Minnesota joined a brigade guarding the important crossroads of Murfreesboro. Here they were surprised and captured by Confederate forces under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in July of 1862. The paroled regiment was sent back to Minnesota where it took part in the Dakota War. As the only fully trained unit in General Sibley's Command the 3rd Minnesota was important to his success, particularly at the battle of Wood Lake. After reorganization the 3rd was again sent south in January 1863 joining the 2nd Division of the 16th Army Corps. The following summer they took part in the siege of Vicksburg and later were part of the Arkansas campaign and transferred to the Army of Arkansas. They were among the forces supporting the unsuccessful Red River Campaign the following year. They remained part of the 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas until discharged in September, 1865. As occupation troops in Arkansas the regiment suffered many losses due to disease."