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Canteen set

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Canteen set

U.S. Marine Corps canteen set made by the Foley Manufacturing Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1944.  The set consists of a galvanized steel  canteen, cup, and canvas cover.

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“News Items,” and “The Latest News,” Taylor Falls Reporter – July 31, 1862

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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“The Murfreesboro Surrender,” Rochester Republican – July 30, 1862

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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Dakota quillwork garter

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Dakota quillwork garter

Leather garter or knee band made by Dakota Indians in Mandan, North Dakota in 1888.  The garter has hide thong ties and dyed quillwork decorations.  Its lower edge has rawhide thong fringe wrapped with dyed quillwork; the end of each strand terminates in a metal cone with dyed eagle feathers projecting from the larger end.

For details, view the garter in our online collections database.

To view more examples of Dakota material culture, visit Ochethi Šakowiŋ – The Seven Council Fires.

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“Guerilla Raid Into Indiana,” and “The News,” Mankato Independent – July 29, 1862

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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Image of Officer’s Quarters, Fair Oaks, and entry from Mathew Marvin’s Diary – July 28, 1862

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

This depiction of the fort built around the officers’ quarters in the camp of the 1st Minnesota Regiment near Fair Oaks was published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. The regiment camped near Fair Oaks throughout June, 1862, following the June 1 battle there. By July the regiment had fought the Battles of Savage Station and White Oak Swamp and then moved to a camp at Harrison’s Landing for the rest of the month.

For more Civil War items, see this Collections Online “Civil War” search.
Citation:
Title: The War in Virginia-Fort Built Round the Officers’ Quarters, Quarters of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, Col. Sully, Near Fair Oaks. Location no. E425.11 p92

Transcription of a diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Private in the 1st Minnesota Regiment:
“Was on drill twice and on dress parade[.] Weather warm.”


Citation: July 14, 1862 Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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National Guard officer’s frock coat

Friday, July 27th, 2012

National Guard officer's frock coat

Civil War-era double-breasted officer’s frock coat made of wool flannel lined with cotton twill above the waist and cotton below the waist. The front closes with two rows of eight General Staff buttons; one has been replaced with a staff-type Grand Army of the Republic button. The coat combines early and late-period stylistic features and is not a regulation item. It was probably worn by Lieutenant John A. West while he served in the 2nd Minnesota National Guard Regiment, Company C, but may also be from a militia organization.

For details, view the coat in our online collections database.

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“The Demands of the Crisis,” “The Murfreesboro Surrender,” and “War Matters in Rice County,” St. Paul Press – July 27, 1862

Friday, July 27th, 2012

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Electromagnetic separator

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Electromagnetic separator

Prototype version of the Davis Tube electromagnetic separator used to measure the amount of iron ore in taconite rock samples. The machine consists of six components:  a motor control mounted on plywood; a plywood shelf with a glass cylinder, hose and pipe; electrical switches marked A, B and C and mounted on a triangular box; a brass rail and motor assembly with toggles and an off/fast dial; a glass bottle; and a glass cylinder. It was invented by E.W. Davis of Minneapolis circa 1916 and manufactured by the Cutler-Hammer Company.

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“Conciliation and Exasperation,” and “Latest War News,” Monticello Northwestern Weekly Union – July 26, 1862

Thursday, July 26th, 2012


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An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs