1st Minnesota Volunteer Cavalry Regiment

The 1st Minnesota Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, the "Mounted Rangers," was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

1st Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Cavalry
Flag of Minnesota
ActiveOctober 1862 to December 1863
CountryUnited States
Nickname(s)Mounted Rangers
EngagementsBattle of Big Mound
Battle of Dead Buffalo Lake

The regiment was mustered in at St. Cloud, St. Peter, and Fort Snelling for one year's service between October and December 1862, and the men were mustered out between October and December 1863. The 1st Minnesota Cavalry served entirely in Minnesota and the Dakota Territory, guarding the frontier against the hostile Sioux Indians.

Battles and campaigns

  • Sibley's Expedition against Indians in Dakota Territory, June 16 to September 14, 1863.
  • Battle of Big Mound, D. T., July 24, 1863.
  • Battle of Dead Buffalo Lake July 26, 1863.
  • Stony Lake July 28, 1863.
  • Operations along the Missouri River July 28 to 30, 1863.


  • Samuel McPhaill

Casualties and total strength

The 1st Minnesota Cavalry lost 2 officers and 4 enlisted men killed in action or died of wounds received in battle and an additional 31 enlisted men died of disease. Total fatalities were 37.

See also

List of Minnesota Civil War Units


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