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1944 Side Show at State Fair

Monday, August 26th, 2013

1944 Side Show

‘The Man Without a Stomach’ showing off to some kids at the 1944 Minnesota State Fair.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on August 25, 1944.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler in Arkansas, to his pregnant wife, Elizabeth Caleff Bowler, relating how sick many of the Union soldiers are becoming during a march toward Little Rock – August 26, 1863

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Duval’s Bluff, Ark., Aug. 26th 1863.
My Dear Libby:
[…]
The Ark. Expedition left Clarendon [Arkansas] day before yesterday as soon as the 3d Rgt – the last – had crossed, and instead of going directly toward Little Rock as I expected, came up the river to this place.  The sick were brought up by boats, and suffered terribly during the passage.  Upwards of twenty died — none from the 3rd — during the trip.  The weather is extremely warm, and the men have given out at a fearful rate.  Several Regiments have less than 100 men for duty.  The 3rd has 350 — the most of any regt in the Expedition.  In many cases the strongest men drop down on the march, utterly helpless.  Peter Panchot, of my company, who never gave out before, was taken down yesterday.  Eugene is much better and will be ready for duty in a few days. I am well – have not ridden a step on the march since the Expedition left Helena.  Gen. Steele has received orders from Gen. Halburt to mount the 3rd Minn. but Col. Andrews does not want it mounted unless he can get an order from the Secy. of War to have it permanently mounted, with all the privileges of Cavalry.  […]
Truly and affectionately yours
Madison


See whole letter here: 1863-08-26_Bowler_combined

Citation: August 26, 1863, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330 box 1]

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“Great Union Speech by Maj. Gen. Jno. A. Logan, Delivered in Chicago,Monday evening, August 10th, 1863,” Stillwater Messenger – August 25, 1863

Sunday, August 25th, 2013


For the rest of the speech, see the newspaper on the Internet Archive.

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – August 24, 1863

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from the US General Hospital at Broad and Cherry Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The hospital is bustling with visitors bringing conversation, entertainment and a variety of food and goods.  Marvin receives an update from a friend in the regiment, writing: “Recd letter from Charley North[.] the regt is at Alexandria on their way to N.Y.” In New York, the 1st Minnesota will be charged with keeping order in the city following the draft riots there.

Marvin’s wound is now pus-filled and infected.  Doctors at the time did not understand the causes of infection and thought that the presence of pus meant a wound was healing.  On August 19th Marvin writes of his wound: “The burning pain continues in my foot yet it is the worst when it is full of matter[.] I can ease the pane by pressing out some of the matter”.  In removing at least some of the pus, Marvin gives himself better medical treatment than any doctor would have suggested.

Though his wound is still healing, Marvin passes difficult nights on account of the pain.  Of one such night he writes: “last nite I took a goodeal of pains to fix the cloths & Pillow for a good nites sleep[.] I had just got nicely in dream land when I thought I [was] in a tite place[.] I mad as I though[t] a desperate effort to extracate my self but it was only mak a severe pain which lasted untill the hours began to grow long”.  On August 24, Marvin notes some progress:

To day […] I have walked more on crutches than I have any other day[.] my foot did not bleed any & is not any the worse for the stirring abot as I see[.]

This experience is heartening, for the last time Marvin wrote of walking on crutches (see the July 27, 1863 Daybook entry), the endeavor did not end well.

See the whole week’s worth of entries here: 1863-08-24_Marvin_combined_8-18_8-25

Citation:  August 18-25, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Baseball in Minnesota: the Early Years

Friday, August 23rd, 2013


A look at the early days of the Great American Pastime in Minnesota, from its beginnings post-Civil War up to the arrival of the Minnesota Twins.

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A Soiled Uniform

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

A Soiled Uniform

Nurse putting up a poster: “A soiled uniform may harbor germs!”.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on April 1, 1943.

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“The Draft in New York,” “From the First Minnesota: It is ordered to New York […],” and “The escape of Lee from Maryland,” Saint Paul Daily Press – August 23, 1863

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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At the State Fair

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013



This is a cross-over Favorite Things / What’s New post. We are always lucky when something new to the Collection becomes an instant favorite! Maybe it’s the time of year talking, but when “At the State Fair” came through the Acquisitions Committee last week I knew we had to share it.

This intaglio print by James Boyd Brent exhibits all the excitement and energy of the State Fair. Recognizable Fair motifs (the Haunted House, rides, food) provide the setting, but even more recognizable is the joy, busy-ness, and even confusion among the people in the scenes. The Fair is many things to many people, and he conveys much in this small triptych.

This print is part of a recent acquisition of five pieces — all of which explore familiar scenes of Minnesota. James is a contemporary printmaker specializing in intaglio processes. He is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota. We are thrilled to add his work to our art collection!

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Lori Williamson, Acquisitions & Outreach Coordinator

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Herz gas hand iron

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Herz gas hand iron

Help Mate gas hand iron made of cast iron with a chromed finish and black painted wood handle grip. Made by the HERZ Manufacturing Company of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler at Clarendon, Arkansas, to his pregnant wife, Elizabeth Caleff Bowler, relating the details of a foraging party he led – August 22, 1863

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Clarendon, Ark., Aug. 22nd, 1863.
My Dear Libby:
[…]
I must tell you about my ride yesterday. I was woke up at 11 o’clock night before last and ordered to report at once at Brigade Head Quarters for instructions, which proved to be for us to take command of a foraging party consisting of 160 men with 25 teams.  So by three o’clock the next morning we were off and by half past eight we were at Lawrenceville twenty miles from here, and where Federal soldiers had never been but once before, about a year ago.  By making inquiries I learned that two miles further on was the plantation of one Redman, where I could get plenty of corn, poultry, &c., so we pushed on until we arrived there.  It took but a short time to empty his corn cribs and depopulate his poultry yard.  Peaches, apples, apricots, and garden sauce suffered, too, I assure you. As soon as the train was ready I put a Lieutenant of the 22nd Ohio in charge with orders to return to Lawrenceville, halt and feed for one hour, by which time I would be with him again. Then, taking five good men and a contraband guide, all mounted on good horses, I struck out to see what I could find in the country beyond.
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After an eight miles ride we turned up at the house of one Tom Winston who is in the rebel army.  His wife, a good-looking, pleasant-faced young woman, received us politely, invited us to take some peaches, and set the servants to get dinner for us.  After an hours rest, a pleasant chat, and a good dinner (which we paid for) we stated for Lawrenceville.  On the way we stopped at “Contraband’s” home.  The Contraband, one of the most intelligent I ever saw, got out the Banjo and gave us a tune and a song.
[…]
Ever yours truly
Madison

See whole letter here: 1863-08-22_Bowler_combined

Citation: August 22, 1863, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330 box 1]

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