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Letter from Collins to Ignatius Donnelly regarding Lieutenant Hunt and a diary entry by Matthew Marvin – November 16, 1862

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

In the field Nov 11th 1862
(Near Holly Springs)
My Dear Friend
I am sorry to think you place so much confidence in a man who I know is no friend of yours either personally or Politically[…] Lt. Hunt, you may rest assured, is no friend of yours, only as far as his own interest is concerned[…] he is so treacherous.  I will pledge you my word he did not lift one finger to assist you […]in your Election.  Col, Sanborn and Lt. Thompson done all the could. […]
Francis E. Collins

Three cheers!  Yes three times three! Oh!  I wish I could find a good Bottle of Wine to drink over your Election.  Allow me to congratulate you on your Success. […]

Citation:  November 16, 1862 Letter from Francis E. Collins to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Private in the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written on his journey back to his regiment after recovering from a gunshot wound.  This week Marvin continues southeast through northern Virginia toward Fredericksburg. He reports that all resignations that had been submitted because of McClellan’s dismissal were refused and, a few days later, an official order was issued “saying it was disgracefull for any man to resign in the face of the [Infny] or the change of comanders”.  On Sunday, November 16th Marvin writes:

Was up until 12 o clock drawing cloths[.] could not sleep[.] cold[.] got up 4 AM Ishued clothing[.] marched at day break[.] was nearly bushed. feet blistered and my leg is weak[.] have marched 14 miles camped bout 5 oclock[.] Weather pleasant[.]


Citation: November 16, 1862 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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