Minnesota in the Civil War

Girl in Civil War uniform

Meet the men of Minnesota’s First Infantry, Company K from the Civil War

Hear the story of best friends Charley Goddard and Charles Ely as they experienced the adventures and adversity of life in Minnesota’s 1st Infantry, Company K during the Civil War. Using letters, images and other primary sources, students discover what a typical day was like for a soldier and learn about the factors that brought the United States, and Minnesota, to war during the 1860s.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of time: 
50 minutes


Minnesota in the Civil War: Math Standards
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