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Cast-iron cook stove

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Cast-iron cook stove

Cast-iron, wood-burning stove manufactured by W. Resor and Company in Cincinnati, Ohio circa 1859. The stove features an oval-domed top with a decorative cast-iron finial that lifts to expose two cooking plates and an H-shaped plate between them. Its cast-iron fire box has a side door for adding wood and removing ash. The door swings on two hinges, while two sliding doors at the front open to expose the radiant heat from the fire within. The four identical and interchangeable cast-iron feet are curved and decorative, and are held in place by friction in an angled slot under the stove’s apron or foot rail. All cast-iron pieces feature floral and vegetal designs in relief.

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

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“Army Correspondence,” and News of our own State,” Rochester Republican – March 25, 1863

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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“How the Charleston Blockade is Run,” “How Gen. Hooker Deals with his Soldiers,” and “Remedy for Diptheria,” Stillwater Messenger – March 24, 1863

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – March 23, 1863

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from the 1st Minnesota’s camp at Stafford Hills near Falmouth, Virginia.  This week saw the passing of a well celebrated holiday; St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 1863.  Marvin describes the day:

St. Patricks day in the morning is a big day in the A[rmy] of the Potomic[.] Hurdlee [hurdle] races wer got up in differant Corps of the Army[.] Gen Moghr [Meagher] of the irish brigade got up a race & it was attended by most of the Gen in this part of the army wer preasant & took part
In the after noon herd fireing up the river[.] drew & ishued clothing[.] Everything quiet at nite[.] Weather pleasant[.]

The remainder of the week passes with battalion drill, letter writing,  and four inches of snowfall, though the Captain of the company returns from furlough and Marvin reports hearing Heavy musketry towards the river from here one morning.  On Monday March 23, Marvin writes:

Got ready fo[r] Co[mpany] Inspection but narry Inspection[.] Sent Papers to George[.]  Weather Lowery but pleasant[.] The next day he will drill the company: in manuel of Arms & Bayonet Exercise.

See Marvin’s diary for the whole week: 1863-03-23_Marvin_combined_3-17_3-24

Citation:  March 17-24, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Sled

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Sled

Wooden sled with two sets of steel runners and a steerable front end that can be flexed in order to turn the sled, and that snaps back into a forward position by means of a steel spring. Used by Peter H. ffolliott, Sr. and family circa 1900.

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

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“The First Minnesota Regiment,” “Death of Maj.-Gen. Sumner,” and “Reports of Released Prisoners,” St. Paul Daily Press – March 22, 1863

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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Downtown Minneapolis rooftop scene

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Downtown Minneapolis rooftop scene

A man and a woman chop down a tree (or pose as if they are doing so) on the roof of a building in downtown Minneapolis. The Foshay Tower rises in the background. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on October 3, 1946.

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

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“The Conscription Bill,” “A Female Spy,” and “War News,” The Valley Herald,Chaska – March 21, 1863

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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Junior Miss sewing kit

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Junior Miss sewing kit

Hasbro Junior Miss sewing kit used at the Dowling Urban Environmental School in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the 1950s. The kit consists of a sewing box; a sewing machine; a doll; a doll dress pattern; a pre-cut doll dress; three pre-cut doll shirts; metal scissors; spools of thread; a needle in a needle book; two pieces of extra cloth; a thimble; a laminated flash card; dress pattern directions; an “important hints” leaflet; and a sewing machine set-up instruction sheet.

For details and additional pictures, view the sewing kit in our online collections database.

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“The Rejection of Gen. Sibley,” “Why Gen. Gorman left Helena,”and “A Southern Paper Proposes to Restore the Union,” St. Paul Pioneer & Democrat – March 20, 1863

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

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