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“Victory! General Grant Has Captured Haines’ Bluff!” “Remarkable Exploit of Grierson’s Cavalry,” Stillwater Messenger – May 26, 1863

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – May 25, 1863

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from the 1st Minnesota’s camp near the Rappahannock River at Falmouth, Virginia. During the past week Marvin’s company has been busy with daily drills, parades and inspections. On the diary page for May 19th, Marvin’s friend Alfred Carpenter writes:
“If I am “wiped out” or “poked over” you will convey a favor on me and what few friends I have by writing immediately to my Brother, [Jairus] H. Carpenter
Madison Wisc
Please do so and oblige your Obt. Serv’t.
Alfred P. Carpenter
Send my diarys to Mrs Martha Carpenter[,] St. Charles Minn. A.P.G.
Camp approved Fredrick[sburg]”

On Monday May 25, Marvin writes:
“Their was Co drill this Am[.] Their has been no stir in camp today except by a few of the Shouldier Straps [officers] who was slightly unwell & wer [buisey] laying at the lines of rail fences by way of amusements[.] Was on dress parade at nite[.] Their is 3[0] reported preasant for duty & out of that is taken daily 7 for Guard & Picket duty[.] Their is an everage detail of 4 daily for fatigue besides the Co fatigue & from that must be excused the 1st Sergt Co [...] & Co Pioneer[.] Sent papers to Jim[.]
Weather cool & lowery & appears like rain but is pleasant with all[.]”


See whole week’s worth of entries: 1863-05-25_Marvin_5-18-25combined

Citation: May 18-25, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1-December 31, 1863. Volume 2. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 2]

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Kibbeh grinding set

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Kibbeh grinding set

Lebanese mortar and pestle with cover, for use in pounding meat to make kibbeh. Kibbeh is a dish combining ground raw lamb with cracked wheat, onion, mint, basil, cumin seed, cinnamon, salt and olive oil. The mortar (A) is made from a square block of marble. Also included are the wooden pestle-style grinder (B) and red enameled metal cover (C). The set was brought to the United States from Lebanon in 1922.

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“Latest News, By Telegraph,” including “Vicksburg! Grant Victorious!” and “Lee Threatens to Cross the River,” St. Paul Daily Press – May 24, 1863

Friday, May 24th, 2013

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Humphrey wins!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Humphrey wins!

Photograph of Minneapolis mayor Hubert Humphrey reading congratulatory telegrams with his family in their home the morning after his election to the United States Senate. Taken by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on November 3, 1948.

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“Town and County Affairs,” and “News In Brief,” Mankato Weekly Record – May 23, 1863

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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Charlie the Tuna

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Charlie the Tuna

Charlie the Tuna stuffed character doll manufactured by Mattel, Incorporated in Hawthorne, California circa 1970. Charlie has been the cartoon mascot for StarKist tuna since 1961.

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Diary entry by Richard Reeves of the 4th Minnesota Infantry Regiment describing his involvement in the opening days of the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi – May 22, 1863

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

May 22nd 1863
This is a day that is long to be remembered by those who belong to the army of the Miss. and those that has friends in it[.] we got up with light hearts hoping that we would have some rest but alas! we get orders to fill our canteens with water and be ready at ten with nothing but our canteen and acroutments on to charge the works[.] you can see many with long faces sitting down awaiting their doom[.] each man takes out his watch and looks walks up and down[.] I all most fell as though my days was reckoned myself[.] the Col is putting on his sword[,] the word comes fall in[.] you can see lots with tears in their eyes[.] they can see death staring them in the face but duty calls them and they go in[,] form a line on the oppisite side of the ridge in front of this works[.] ten O’Clock comes[,] we hear a yell and then heavy firing to the right of of us[.] it is Stevonsons Brigade of Sogans Division Charging Fort Hill[.] then we look to the left and we see [burbrges] Brigade of Carr’s Division close up to a fort they plant their flag on the fort but can’t get in[.] we can see the men drop like wheat before the sickle[.] what is the matter[,] we don’t Charge at last in the afternoon we get orders to go down and reinforce [McClernanol.] we go but when we get get there we relieve [Burbruges] Brigade[.] I can see the men on each side of me drop[.] we keep firing till we get out of Amunition[.] it is a sickening sight to behold[;] so many falling on every side of you they completely cover the ground[.] at last it come dark[.] we get order to fall back[.] so ends one of the greatest slaughters of the war we lost som valuable officers[.]
2d Lieut Sheerbrook, Co K died next day
Major Welch wounded in jaw with shell
Capt. Platt wounded in hand
Lieut Turns killed
Colnl killed and wounded 84
Col Boomer Commanding third Brigade was killed while gallantly leading his men on
we found a new line hook but we did not need it for the…[entry ends].


Citation: May 22, 1863, Diary entry by Richard Reeves, Diary volume 1. Richard S. Reeves Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [A/.R332]

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Faribault family portrait

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Faribault family portrait

Ambrotype of the family of Jean Baptiste Faribault taken on the occasion of the wedding of his son, George Faribault, to Euphrasine St. Antoine circa 1850.  Present are, clockwise from top left: Alexander Faribault, Father Augustin Ravoux, Jean Baptiste Faribault, Euphrasine St. Antoine Faribault, and George Faribault.

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“News Items,” “The Minnesota Sharpshooters in Berdan’s Regiment of Sharpshooters,” and “The Execution of Spies on Johnson’s Island,” St. Paul Daily Press – May 21, 1863

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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