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“Condemned Indians,” and “War News,” The Valley Herald,Chaska – April 25, 1863

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

*Learn more about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, as well as its causes and consequences, by visiting this website or by viewing the exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

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Toy refrigerator

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Toy refrigerator

Toy refrigerator made of enamel steel with a working door that opens to reveal two storage shelves, an ice tray compartment, and a freezer compartment.  Accompanying the refrigerator are an ice cube tray; a milk bottle; a plastic lid; and 20 cylindrical paper cans labeled with the logos of various food and beverage products, including Maxwell House coffee; Del Monte peas and pineapple juice; Clabber Girl baking powder; Morton’s salt; Hershey’s chocolate syrup; Peter Pan peanut butter; Crisco vegetable shortening; Campbell’s soup; Franco-American spaghetti; and Derby’s chili con carne. Manufactured between 1945 and 1955.

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

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“Preparing for a fight,” “The Bread Riots in Virginia,” and “Southern Resources,” St. Paul Pioneer & Democrat – April 24, 1863

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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The Rendezvous of the Hunt

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The Rendezvous of the Hunt

Oil on canvas painting made by Pinky Marcius-Simons between 1880 and 1889.

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

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“Latest News, By Telegraph,” including “Admiral Porter Passes Vicksburg,” and “General Dodge Attacks the Rebels,” St. Paul Daily Press – April 23, 1863

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

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Ojibwe earrings

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Ojibwe earrings

Pair of Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) earrings made out of birchbark with silvertone screwback findings. Purchased in Wisconsin; created between 1900 and 1950.

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

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“The Voice of Loyal Tennesseeans,” and “Telegraphic News,” Goodhue Volunteer, (Red Wing) – April 22, 1863

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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“Indignation Meeting,” and “Charleston: A Sketch of its Defences,” Stillwater Messenger – April 21, 1863

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – April 20, 1863

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from the 1st Minnesota’s camp at Stafford Hills near Falmouth, Virginia.  On April 14 Marvin received detailed orders to march “with 60 rounds of catridges & 3 days rations in haver sacks & 5 days rations of hard bread Sugar coffee & Salt in Knapsack & 5 days fresh beef on the hoof & by way of cloth to keep one Shirt Drawers & socks & to pack the surplus & turn it over to the Q.M. [Quarter Master] for Storage”.  The next day it rains so much that water comes through the tents and the day after that rumors about crossing the river circulate camp while “the boys amused themselves with playing ball & pitching quoits”*.

Later in the week Marvin returns to more normal camp duties, appearing before the Board of Examination, going on dress parade, and writing letters.  On the 19th Marvin writes that “Corp Martain & I procured a pass and went down oppaset Fredrics[burg.] the rebs have all of the streets fortified & all along the canall they have rifle pits[.] The rebs are fond of fishing I guess”.  Marvin gets his view across the river at Fredericksburg from the Falmouth cemetery** and records the inscriptions on a few headstones while there.

On Monday April 20, Marvin writes:

There is nothing astir in camp Except that the Sutler was selling wiskee purty freely on Orders supposed to be written by the Officers & Provo Guard Shut him up[.] He had permission to sell on Orders & was all rite[.] Weather rain all day[.]


See the week’s worth of entries by Marvin: 1863-04-20_Marvin_14-21combined

*Quoits: a game like horseshoes where a quoit (an iron or rope ring) is thrown over a stake. http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=quoits

** Isaac Taylor, also of the First Minnesota, visited the same cemetery Marvin visits.  See page 242 for a transcription of Taylor’s diary entry on January 9, 1863: http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/25/v25i03p224-257.pdf.

Citation:  April 14-21, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Whitney’s Gallery, 1852

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Whitney's Gallery, 1852

Daguerreotype of Charles D. Elfelt’s store and Joel Emmons Whitney’s photography gallery at Third and Cedar Streets in St. Paul, Minnesota taken by Whitney in 1852. Christ Episcopal Church is visible in the background at right.

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

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