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“The English-American Difficulty” and “Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters,” Taylors Falls Reporter – December 26, 1861

Monday, December 26th, 2011

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“Summary of News” and “Clippings,” Northfield Telegraph – December 25, 1861

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

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“Reader,” “A Minnesota Soldier Shot in Kentucky” and “News Items,” Stillwater Messenger – December 24, 1861

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

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Is he here yet?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Is he here yet?

Children anticipate the arrival of Santa at St. Paul’s Children Home, circa 1925.

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Letter with special orders No. 336 stating the placement of the calvary regiments and companies – December 23, 1861

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Letter from Assistant Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend, on behalf of Major General George B. McClellan, to Governor Alexander Ramsey issuing special order No. 336

“Head Quarters of the Army, Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, December 23rd 1861. Special Order No. 336
5.  The regiments and companies of Volunteer Cavalry, not now in the field, whether organized or partially organized, will be concentrated with the least possible delay, as follows:
All in Pennsylvania at or in the vicinity of York.  All in Ohio, at Camp Dennison.  All in the other Western States, except Missouri, at some point on the Ohio, at or near New Albany.
By command of Maj. Gen. McClellan:
E [Edward] D [Davis] Townsend
Asst. Adjutant General.  Governor of Minnesota.”


Citation: December 23, 1861 Letter from Assistant Adjutant General E. D. Townsend, Letters Received–AGO-QMG. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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Toy wooden shoe

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Toy wooden shoe

Toy wooden shoe game used at Michael Dowling elementary school (Dowling Urban Environmental School) in Minneapolis.  During the game, wooden child figurines were placed inside a hole in the back of the shoe in illustration of the nursery rhyme, “There was an old woman shoe lived in a shoe / she had so many children she didn’t know what to do.”

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“Minneapolis Items” and “The Latest News by Telegraph,” Saint Paul Daily Press – December 22, 1861

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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Movie camera and case

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Movie camera and case

Revere Eight model 55 8-millimeter movie camera and case. The camera has a wind-up motor, a dial for normal and slow-motion speeds, a film capacity indicator, a focal-length chart and adjustment dial, and an eyepiece and shutter. One side swings away for film loading. An exposed roll of film is in the camera.  Manufactured in 1955 by the Revere Camera Company in Chicago, Illinois.

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Letter complaining of Ramsey’s interference – December 21, 1861

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Letter from First Lieutenant Daniel D. Heaney of the 2nd Minnesota Regiment to Ignatius Donnelly complaining about Governor Ramsey’s interference with his appointment for Captain of Company C.

“Lebanon, Ky. Dec. 21st 1861. Friend Donnelly,
A short time ago Col. Van Cleve [Horatio P. Van Cleve] nominated me through General Buel [Don Carlos Buell], commanding this Department, to Governor Ramsey as a suitable person to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Capt. P. [Peter] Mantor, and requested him to forward my Commission.  The Governor seems a little delicate about the matter and writes the Col.[,] as I understand[,] to nominate some one in the Company[,] which I consider a gross insult upon me, as well as upon the judgment of Col. Van Cleve.  He has recommended me through the proper military channel, not on account of my seniority (as the Governor may see fit to call it)[,] but because he thought me best qualified and most deserving.  I am not the ranking Lieut. but for reasons which I cannot explain, he (the ranking Lieut.) was induced to decline in order that I might be appointed. Lt. Col. [James] George is opposed to my appointment, and has done everything in his power to prevent it, in order to secure it to his pet intended Son-in-law, who could not get the recommend of this Regiment for Corporal, but through some means succeeded by the Lt. Col. to get him recommended for Second Lieutenant.
Should I receive the appointment, it is not my intention at present to take command of the Company, as I have another object in view which would suit me better.  If I had a Captain’s commission I could get the appointment of Brigade Adjutant which is my only reason for desiring it, as I am the only officer in the Regiment that could get it, and nothing but Governor Ramsey’s untimely appointment can keep me out of it.
When Capt. George was appointed Lt. Col. I think he overdrew his accounts in Minnesota largely, and is not entitled to farther favors for himself or friends.
Any favor that you can do me in this matter will be highly appreciated and duly reciprocated by Your Friend D. Heaney”

Citation:  December 21, 1861 Letter from Daniel D. Heaney to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly and wife, Correspondence Nov-Dec. 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Happy Hannukah

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Making Hannukah decorations, 1960

Mrs. Melvin Schumeister and Mrs. Herbert Garelick make Hannukah decorations at St. Paul’s Temple of Aaron on December 12, 1960.  Hannukah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, begins tonight at sundown.

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