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Letter from 1st Mn regiment to Donnelly describing the trip to Washington and the camp – June 30, 1861

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

“Started for Washington, and arrived there about 12 o-clock that Wednesday night and stopped in a large unfinished building, next morning we had leave to roam over the City the first place that Kendall and myself made a break for the Capitol, that was at 6 o-clock. Went all over it and to the very highest place that we could climb to on the Dome, I will write more about this building after I see it again, from there we made tracks for a restaurant where we had one good meal of beefsteak and coffee and from there we visited the Patent office but I will write all about that building in my next.  Yesterday which was Sunday I visited the National Monument and the Treasury Department, besides Walking ang to dine in on the Fourth of July, but which I think he will not until he walks through two hundred thousand bayonets there are quartered now in and around this City.”

See whole letter: 1861-06-30
See whole transcript: 1861-06-30_transcription

Citation: June 30, 1861 Letter from Henry W. Lindergreen and Julian J. Kendall to Ignatius and Kate Donnelly,  Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers, June – July 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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