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Transcript of letter from Governor Alexander Ramsey to Alexander Wilkin regarding Wilkin’s resignation – November 19, 1861

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Transcript of letter from Governor Alexander Ramsey to Alexander Wilkin; explains offensive appointments and hopes Wilkin will reconsider his resignation (which he does in an undated November letter)

Citation:  November 19, 1861 Letter from Governor Alexander Ramsey to Alexander Wilkin, Correspondence and Related Papers, August – December 1861. Alexander Wilkin and Family Papers, 1770-1965. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Percussion caps

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Percussion caps

Thirty-seven unfired copper military “top-hat”-type percussion caps. These were the standard caps for the Civil War-era rifled musket. The caps were found in Mills Springs, Kentucky by Dr. George L. Gates of the 2nd Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company A.

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Letter from Lieut. Col. B. F. Smith describing journey to Chicago – November 18, 1861

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Letter from Lieutenant Colonel B. F. Smith of the 3rd Minnesota Infantry Regiment to Governor Alexander Ramsey updating the Governor on the Regiment’s progress toward Kentucky:

“Chicago Nov. 18, 1861  Gov. Ramsey Com. in Chief State Minn
Sir the 3[rd] Regt. M[innesota] V[olunteers] under my command leave this city precisely at 11 o’clock A.M. having arrived here at 7— without the least accident of unnecessary delay.  Quarter Master Sanders deserves much credit for the ample accommodations made for the transport of the Regt.  The Company with whom the arrangement was made have spared no pains in securing for us everything necessary for our comfort on the trip and have our warmest thanks for their courtesy and unremitting attention[.]
It would be unjust in this connection not to express our thanks to the citizens of Portage City Wis. who on our arrival invited us to a most scrumptious feast of eatables sufficient for twice our number of which all partook with a hearty cheer.  We left the good people of this city after returning our thanks for the hospitality so generously bestowed and arrived at Chicago where our men were served with hot coffee and other necessaries and the officers provided for by the R. R. Company at the Sherman House: in short every attention and comfort has been most fully tendered us.  Our morning report shows field and staff 5[,] enlisted men 872[,] Laundresses 40[,] Servants 34, one horse—Total 952—absent 20.  On the sick list we are compelled to report 13, all able to travel.  We shall report on our arrival in Ky.
I have the honor to be &c. B. F. Smith Lt. Col. […] 3rd Reg”

Citation: November 18, 1861 Letter from B. F. Smith, Letters Received–3rd Regiment. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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Ivory brisé fan and case

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Ivory fan and case

Folding brisé fan made of ivory (brisé fans have individual blade or stick elements instead of a fan leaf). Its blades are attached at the head with a metal rivet. A white ribbon runs throughout and attaches the blades to each other. The accompanying ivory case has a purple lining and brass hinges. The fan belonged to Harriet Haynes, a St. Paul school teacher who may have carried it at a Fort Snelling ball given for General George Custer in the 1870s.

For more, view the fan in our online catalog.

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“Local Affairs” and “Minneapolis Items,” Saint Paul Daily Press – November 17, 1861

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

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Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Often students come in to the Library with assignments to do research in primary source materials, but find that they’re not quite sure what a primary source is. This video provides a brief discussion of primary and secondary sources with examples from the Society’s collections.

 
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Bicycle reflector

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Bicycle reflector

Bicycle reflector made from a circular disc of light brown leather with a multifaceted red plastic reflector at its center.  The reverse reads,  “SPUR / HAND / SIGNAL / PAT. APP’D FOR”.  The reflector has a black elastic band attached on both sides.  Circa 1925.

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“Love of Country” and “News Items,” Preston Republican – November 16, 1861

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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Anti-Northern States Power mug

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Anti-Northern States Power mug

Black-glazed earthenware mug created to promote the Mdewakanton Dakota community’s protest against Northern States Power (NSP) in 1991.  The side of the mug not pictured is screen-printed with a list of international, state and local organizations that supported said protest.  The side pictured displays the following message in twelve segments:

NSP doesn’t want you to hear this.  They’re quietly planning to store nuclear waste dangerously close to the banks of the Mississippi. Endangering the river.  Wildlife.  And you.  Don’t be silent.  We need your voice.  Tell the Public Utilities Commission to stop the storage now.

Sponsored by the Prairie Island Environmental Protection Committee and Banned on TV.

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“Our Military Appointments,” Saint Paul Weekly Pioneer and Democrat – November 15, 1861

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

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