"Minnesota’s Second Battery of Light Artillery never made “big” history. Its men made no wild charges, nor were they among the first to reach the crest of a ridge. They were never in a position to hold back a tide of Confederates sweeping toward a shattered Union line. The Second Battery simply did what thousands of other military units did in the Civil War: its duty.
The Second Battery was made up of ordinary men who were proud of their unit. They served together in battle and triumphed over disease, homesickness, and Confederates. After doing their part to see the Union preserved, the men went home to live as ordinary citizens, just like thousands of others who had served but never made headlines."
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