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Monument to the 1st Minnesota regiment at Gettysburg. The regiment is noted in history for having the highest casualty rate of any surviving military unit in American history during a single engagement. While suffering 215 casualties out of 262 men, they did give the Union army a chance to secure Cemetery Ridge.
Thomas Leiper Kane (January 27, 1822 – December 26, 1883) was an American attorney, abolitionist, and military officer who was influential in the western migration of the Latter-day Saint movement and served as a Union Army colonel and general of volunteers in the American Civil War. He received a brevet promotion to major general for gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.
This four-pound capacity leather and brass powder flask belonged to First Sergeant Mathew Marvin of Company K, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Marvin, of Winona, Minnesota, served with the 1st Minnesota from 1861 until 1864. He fought, and was wounded, in the Battles of First Bull Run and Gettysburg.
Kady Brownell enlisted with her husband in the 1st Rhode Island Infantry Volunteers the day after Fort Sumter fell. She fought openly alongside her husband in several battles, including the first Battle of Bull Run. At the end of their 3-month enlistment, Kady and her husband re-enlisted in the 5th RI Infantry. Robert was wounded in the battle at New Bern, North Carolina, and the Brownells were transferred to New York while Robert recuperated. Both were discharged in the winter of 1863.