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Matthrew Marvin Diary Entry – January 20, 1862

Friday, January 20th, 2012

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

“Monday 20th
No drill today[.] Sent papers to George[.] Weather showery all day[.]“

Citation:  January 20, 1862 Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Forest Ranger board game

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Forest Ranger board game

Forest Ranger board game manufactured in 1940.  The game consists of a paperboard box; an instruction sheet; play money; game cards, and a paperboard game board.  The box lid and game board read, “The Forest Ranger Game in connection with [Civilian Conservation Corps] Camps” and feature color illustrations of a forest fire, a ranger cabin and a fire tower.

For more details, view the game in our online collections database.

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“Local Affairs,” and “The Latest News,” St. Paul Press – January 19, 1862

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

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Wadena and Joseph Charette

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Wadena and Joseph Charette (Wenji-maadab)

The Ojibwe chief Wadena and Civil War veteran Joseph Charette (also a chief) pose for a photograph at the White Earth Indian Reservation in 1907.  Charette, right, was also known as Joe or Joseph Critt, as well as by his Ojibwe name, Wenji-maadab.

For more details, view the photograph in our Visual Resources Database, where you’ll find additional images of Charette:

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“From the Seat of War,” and “Latest News,” Glencoe Register – January 18, 1862

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

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Menu holder

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Menu holder

Menu holder used by the family of James J. Hill at their house on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue circa 1900.  The holder consists of  a curved steel spindle on a cast iron openwork wall bracket formed in  an oval shape with a crest, gadrooning, C-scrolls, a stylized petaled flower on a leafed stem, a quatrefoil where the spindle attaches to bracket, and an inverted keyhole at the top for mounting.  The bracket is painted black with areas of the original gold-colored paint remaining.

The menu holder is one of many artifacts featured in “The Hill House Servants:  Life Downstairs,” a Collections Up Close podcast about the lives of the Hill family servants.

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Letter discouraging appointment of Wilkin – January 17, 1862

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Typed transcription of a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Miller of the 1st Minnesota Regiment to Governor Ramsey regarding the appointment of a new Colonel for the Regiment.  He discourages appointment of A. Wilkin because he “is partially blind and deaf and ought not to be in the Army at all…”



Citation:  January 17, 1862 Letter from Stephen Miller to Governor Ramsey, Correspondence 1862. Alexander Wilkin and Family Papers, 1770-1965. Minnesota Historical Society.

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“Latest News,” “Soldier’s Aid Society,” and “St. Louis Correspondence,” Taylor Falls Reporter – January 16, 1862

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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Letter expressing thanks and complaining of lack of fighting and bad weapons – January 15, 1862

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Letter from James M. Bowler expressing thanks and discussing the 3rd MN–location, actions, & complaining of lack of fighting and bad weapons

“Camp Dana, Belmont Furnace, Ky, Jan. 15, 1862.
Friend Donnelly:  I intended to have written to you and Mrs. Donnelly long ago, if for no other reason, at least to express my gratitude to both of you for your expressions of interest in my behalf while I was at Fort Snelling as well as for your uniform kindness to me on all previous occasions.  Tis true that my ambitious desires were not gratified, but the satisfaction of knowing that I have kind friends to think of me and to help me, is enough for me.  I expected to have a chance to talk with you before leaving Minnesota but, with the exception of time to bid you a hurried good bye at Hastings, I did not get it.
I presume that you know as much about the Minnesota 3rd and what it is doing as I can tell you, and perhaps more.  The Head Quarters of the Regt. is at Belmont Furnace 35 miles from Louisville, on the Louisville and Nashville R.R.  We are engaged in guarding the bridges and other property of some twenty five miles of the railroad extending from Shepherdsville to Elizabethtown.  Our duties though not dangerous are quite onerous.  Six companies remain at Head Quarters while the other four are stationed at different places along the road, being relieved once a week by other companies of the Regt.  Now I do not propose to make any complaints to you, but and I know you like to hear the truth, I shall try to write it, just as I think.  We enlisted to fight for our Country.  You know what we are doing, and how much prospect there is of our having a chance to fight.  We have an abundance of good comfortable clothing, a plenty to eat, and a burden of hats, dress coats, and brass, besides being armed with the celebrated Belgian Rifle Musket not one in twenty of which can be discharged with any safety to the man behind it.  The only excuse for keeping us to guard these bridges from the vandals who live near them, is that we have not arms fit to contend with the enemy.  Now it seems to me that if the government is able to furnish us with so much fine cloth for show it ought also to be able to give us arms to fight with—the very purpose for which we ought to have been sent so far from home.  I believe in a due amount of moderation but it does seem to me as though it was time something was done.  If 60000 men are to be marshaled for no other purpose than dress, show, and bluster let them be those who like dress and such things.  I do not like it. […]“

View full letter: 1862-01-15_full_text

Citation:  January 15, 1862 Letter from James M. Bowler to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence Jan-Mar. 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society

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“Army Correspondence,” Stillwater Messenger – January 14, 1862

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

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