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Matthew Marvin Diary Entry – October 19, 1861

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Private in the 1st Minnesota Regiment, from Camp Stone in Virginia.

“Came off picket Rec’ed chicago papers from somebody Weather pleasant”


Citation: October 19, 1861 Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos, July 25 – December 31, 1861. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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3M identification badge

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

3M identification badge

Metal identification badge used by Lawrence B. Paist while working as a lighting engineer consultant for 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, between 1945 and 1950.

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High chair

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

High chair used by the James J. Hill family

Windsor-style child’s high chair used by the grandchildren of James J. and Mary T. Hill at their home in Saint Paul, Minnesota, circa 1900.  The wooden high chair has a dark walnut finish with wear on the footboard.

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“En Route for Washington” and “New Gun,” Mankato Semi-Weekly Record – October 18, 1861

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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Glass vessel

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Glass vessel by Douglas Becker

Glass vessel created by Minnesota artist Douglas Becker in 2005.  The shape of the vessel suggests a strawberry, with clusters of white and pink glass nodules on the surface and additional glass and copper pieces forming a leafy top.

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“A Horse Panic – Terrible Stampede of Over Three Hundred Horses” and “Army Correspondence,” Mankato Independent – October 17, 1861

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Letter from Private of the 1st Minnesota to Ignatius Donnelly regarding events at Camp Stone – October 16, 1861

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Letter from Private Henry W. Lindergreen of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, Company H, to Ignatius Donnelly and his wife regarding events at Camp Stone in Maryland,  including the accidental death of Sgt. Cummings, and treatment by Capt. Adams

“I write this letter with feelings of sadness, last night while we were all getting ready for Dress Parade, a Gun in the hands of one Jerry Helmer went off accidentally and shot one of my best friends, and one of the best men in Company “H”. he was also one of Mr. Donnelly’s best friends, it was Sergeant Cummings. he was our acting Second Lieutenant. he was badly wounded in the shoulder at the battle of Bull run, he had one of his thumbs nearly shot off at the same time. he came out of the Alexandria Hospital some months ago and went home on furlough, came back some two weeks ago, when last night by sheer carelessness he was shot again. last night it was said he could not possibly live until morning, but he did, and he is quite easy today. we are all afraid however, that it will prove fatal, but hope not. the ball passed through his right side and came out near his collar bone on his back.  I should have been up to see him before this time but they will not let any of us into the Hospital. Jerry Helmer feels awful about it, and if Cummings should die, I think he will go crazy. he was one of his mess and they were great friends. it has caused a gloom over the whole Company. this is the fourth shooting affair in Company “H”. […]“

See all 11 pages of letter:  1861-10-16_full_text

Citation:  October 16, 1861 Letter from Henry W. Lindergreen to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly and wife, Correspondence Sept-Oct. 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.

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“Notes from Camp” and “War News,” La Crescent Plaindealer – October 15, 1861

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

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Picture frame

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Picture frame

Cast-iron, military-type picture frame with a decorative gold eagle at the top, an American flag on each side and an American flag shield on the bottom in red, white, blue and gold.  The frame dates to the 1860s and originally held a portrait of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.

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Letter (reprinted) from US Secretary of State William H Seward to Governor Ramsey discussing the protection of bodies of water – October 14, 1861

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Reprinted letter from United States Secretary of State William H Seward to Governor Alexander Ramsey regarding the protection of bodies of water from the possiblitity of foreign war.

Citation: October 14, 1861 Letter from William H Seward, Letters Received–Federal Civilian Agencies. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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