A frontier state, Minnesota clothed its first volunteers with chequered flannel shirts (mostly red, although some were blue and some had various designs printed on them), broad-brimmed black felt hats, black trousers, shoes, blankets, and woollen drawers. It was not until the summer of 1861 that the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment received US Army regulation uniforms. The 2nd Regiment was also clothed by the state, but later regiments received clothing directly from the US Army. Both regiments also received M1842 muskets from the state. There was no unique state insignia worn by Minnesota volunteers.

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