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.
The 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment was the first unit from any state pledged to fight for the Union. As part of the Army of the Potomac, the 1st took part in many significant battles and campaigns including Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, Antietam, and Gettysburg.The Battle of Gettysburg was the 1st Minnesota’s finest hour, where it made a heroic charge that helped secure the Union victory. The regiment suffered heavy losses as a result.
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.
Flag of First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment: The first group to be called to action in the Civil War. It all happened because Minnesota Governor Alexander Ramsey was in Washington D. C. when the war broke out and was first to promise aid to the federal government to preserve the union. At the start of the conflict, there were 35 states. By war's end, there were 36 states total in the country. Many more were added later to give us 50.