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Wilkin’s recants his resignation – November 25, 1861

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Transcript of letter from Alexander Wilkin to Governor Alexander Ramsey regarding Wilkin’s decision to withdraw his resignation.

Citation:  November (?), 1861 Letter from Alexander Wilkin to Governor Alexander Ramsey, Correspondence and Related Papers, August – December 1861. Alexander Wilkin and Family Papers, 1770-1965. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Thanksgiving children's party

Nursery school children attend a Thanksgiving party at St. Paul’s Hallie Q. Brown Center on November 1, 1937.

View the photograph in our Visual Resources Database here.

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Letter from Matthew Marvin to his brother – November 24, 1861

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Letter from Matthew Marvin, Private in the 1st Minnesota Regiment, to his brother George from Camp Stone, Virginia.

“Camp Stone Md Nov 24th/61  Dear Brother
I will write a fewe lines just for fun Now that I have time[.]  Their is but little excitement here at present and but little doing except drilling[.]  I reckon you have lots of rumors of battles by way of the newspapers as well as our selves[.] the last runner here was on last Friday.  We could hear planely the cannon booming all day and emagen [imagine] we could hear musketry[.]  The sound came from about midway between Washington and Bull Run[.] About 2 oclock a solger [soldier] came back from Pooleville[.]  he said he herd them say their that our side had taken 700 prisoners and that we had two or 3 earth works of the anamy [enemy] and that our men had passed 4000 of the anamy along the road that was killed and wounded and that all the ambulances at Poolville had over their and about 43 of the Dr in this division had gone[.] Well their was all sorts of talk about it but the question was why don’t they let us have a hand in[;] Well last night we got the Washington paper and that settled the question.  McClellan was to review Gen Smith’s division but McClellan could not review them on that day so it was done by Gen Smith[.] the firing was after the review[.]  They fired by Companys and by Battalion and then by Brigade and the Artillery kept up their fire all the while[.] their was 3 Regt of Cavalry and they made some gallant charges with all the rest[.]  Their was nobody killed or hert and their endith the great rumor.
There is a prospect of out leaving here shortly[.] I cant emagen whar [where] but I hope to a warmer climate[.]  There is a few flakes of snow flying here today[.] I don’t know if it will amount to mutch.  Give my love and best respects to all inquiring[.] Friends write soon the letter will follow whar ever we go[.]
Your Brother Matt U.S.A.V.”



Citation:  November 24, 1861 Letter from Matthew Marvin to Brother, Correspondence and Misc., February 28 – December 2, 1861. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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SPAM bank

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

SPAM bank

Rectangular 12-ounce tin bank with rounded corners.  Blue label reads “SPAM” with an illustration of a pork loaf dotted with cloves.  The reverse includes the Hormel trademark.  The lid has a horizontal slit in which to insert coins and reads “New Austin, MN Plant Dedication and Tour September 12, 1982.”  There is a can-opening tool affixed to the bottom of the tin.

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“Particular Notice” and “Clips,” Wright County Republican – November 23, 1861

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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Peasant bench

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Peasant bench

Handmade walnut bench coated in black lacquer with four turned ash legs and scalloped, beveled edges on the seat.  Crafted by Scott McGlasson of Woodsport, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The artist harvested the wood from a walnut tree felled in the tornado that touched down in south Minneapolis on August 19, 2009.

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“Public Sentiment of the South” and “The End to be Attained by…Making Military Appointments,” Saint Paul Weekly Pioneer and Democrat – November 22, 1861

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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Earring and brooch set

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Earring and brooch set

Earring and brooch set dating to 1890. The brooch has a central onyx or French jet oval ornamented by a gold star and a tiny pearl in its center. Around the oval piece are paisley-shaped onyx pieces set in gold. Running along the outside of the paisley shapes are small ornamental gold balls. From the center piece of the brooch dangle three diamond-cut pieces of onyx. Its reverse has a hinged bar pin with “C” clasp closure. The matching earrings are of a similar design and have a gold fish hook ear finding that is fastened on the reverse with a “C” closure. The accompanying brown leather case is lined in blue satin and velvet. The jewelry maker, Evans and Manning of Binghamton, N.Y., is printed on the fabric inside the case.

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Letter from Lieut. Col. B.F. Smith describing arrival in Kentucky – November 21, 1861

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Letter from Lieutenant Colonel B. F. Smith of the 3rd Minnesota Infantry Regiment to Governor Alexander Ramsey.

“Camp Todd, Near Louisville Ky, (5 mi. south) Nov 21, 1861 His Excellency Gov. Ramsey,
The 3rd arrived at Jeffersonville on the money (9 am) of the 19th, crossed the river at ½ past one, and arrived at this Camp at night where we encamped for the night.  Next morning changed to a more desirable part of the field, where we are now encamped in regular order.  Our arms have been ordered and will be received today.
The 19th and 53rd  Ohio and one company of artillery are in our immediate vicinity.  We have some 20 on the sick list, but none very seriously so.
On our arrival I reported to Genl. Buel [Don Carlos Buell], with whom we was very favorably impressed.
I am under many obligations to Lieut Olsen [likely Bonde Olson], Acting as Adjutant for the services rendered me on the transportation of the troops.  Major Hadley had his family in charge so that it was out of his power to aid me management of the troops or in maintaining order and discipline, but under all the circumstances, we succeed well, in fact better than we expected, considering the many opportunities for disipation, the Commissioned offr’s with but little exception demeaned themselves in a sober and gentlemanly manner, but one officer (Lieut. Blakesly) [Cyrene H. Blakely] left without permission, on the way, he however came into camp soon after our arrival.
What length of time we will remain here is quite uncertain.  I think it is the intention of concentrate a larger Army at this point before any march is made.  I regret to say that we have not herd from Col Lester [Henry C. Lester], his presence is much needed and I hope he will soon report and assume command.
Today or tomorrow we will be inspected by an officer of the regular army, and reported to the proper department.
The provisions provided for our march has caused great complaints. In fact, I was compelled to telegraph ahead and have rations prepared as our meats was spoiled and unfit for use, I required an inspection to be made by the Regimental board[.] they have not made a report but doubtless much will be condemned.  I shall also cause an inspection to be made by the medical staff.
The 2nd Reg’t is encamped about 15 miles south at Lebanon Junction.
I have the honor to be your Excellency’s Obt servant B F Smith Commanding 3rd Regt. M.V.”


Citation: November 21, 1861 Letter from B. F. Smith, Letters Received–3rd Regiment. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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Letter regarding flags for the 3rd Regiment – November 20, 1861

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Letter from the Horstman Brothers Company to Governor Alexander Ramsey regarding flags for the 3rd Regiment.

“Nov 20/61 Gov Alex Ramsey St. Pauls Minn
Sir Inclosed please find Bill for Stand of colors for 2[nd] Min Vol Sent to Col Van Cleve – Care Gen. Sherman Louisville Ky. – The amt we will Draw for at 10 days as you directed when you were here.
The flags for the 3rd Regt. are now Ready, and will be forwarded as Soon as you give us the direction. – They have been well printed, and are made of the Best materials.
Very Respectfully Yours Horstmann Bros Co [John] G Franklin”


Citation: November 20, 1861 Letter from the Horstman Brothers Company, Letters Received–State Purchases. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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