The Civil War in Minnesota

The Fourth Minnesota was one of three Minnesota units participating in the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1863. Historian and Civil War veteran William Watts Folwell noted that the regiment's conduct in the operation "was so efficient and gallant as to secure, along with its brigade, the honor of leading the victorious column into the surrendered fortress," the event pictured in Francis D. Millet's painting. The regiment's brass band led the column.

Francis D. Millet (1846-1912) was a leading American artist of murals and historical scenes. Trained in Holland as a painter, he was also a war correspondent who reported battles in Europe through articles and illustrations. Millet's painting of The Treaty of Traverse Des Sioux also hangs in the Governor's suite.

This painting is in the Minnesota Historical Society Collections.