Benjamin Osro Eggleston, born at Belvidere, Minnesota on January 22, 1867 was the son of Hubert Newberry Eggleston, a Union Army sergeant, and Caroline Nelson Eggleston. His father received a soldier's homestead tract in Redwood County, Minnesota. During his elementary years, Benjamin demonstrated talent and he was encouraged through high school. Later, he moved to Red Wing, a picturesque town about forty miles from Minneapolis, on the Mississippi River, to open a studio for teaching and for painting portraits. After having saved some money, Eggleston enrolled in the recently organized Minneapolis School of Fine Art where he studied under the portrait and history painter Douglas Volk (185
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