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Gopher State Motorcycle Club patch

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Gopher State Motorcycle Club patch

“Gopher State Motorcycle Club” patch. Circa 1945-60.

For details, view this patch in our collections database.

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“The Issue,” “Telegraphic News,” and “Army Correspondence,” Goodhue Volunteer (Red Wing) – September 30, 1863

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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“The Foundation Reached,” “Rosecrans Attacked by Bragg,” and “A Copperhead Bully Kicked by a Lady,” Stillwater Messenger – September 29, 1863

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother from camp near the Rapidan River in north-central Virginia – September 28, 1863

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Camp Near Rapidan River
Sept 28th 1863
Dear Mother
Not long after I had wrote to you from Camp Distribution the order came for the 2nd Corps to go to their Regts and then it was I was sorry that I had wrote to you and told you I thought a letter might get to me before I left, but if one comes up amiss you can account for it in that way.
I came here a few days ago and found the boys all quite well. Charley North will soon be promoted to a Sergeant[;] they did not expect me to come back so soon. I recd a line from Chas Ely not long ago[;] he was getting along fine then, but I suppose Chas keeps his Mother posted and in that case you would know more about him than I wound. Joe was also getting quite well, his game leg almost as well as the other one. The boys in the Co are all the time talking about what a fine time they had on furlough[.] they would fling in the fire for the privlage to visite Brookline[.] in the City of Brookline they wer treated to a nice dinner and invited out in squads to sup & dine with the patriotic people of B., and the Regt has the name of being the most orderly Regt that was their. all most impossible to keep the people from takeing the flag (which has been through a goodly number of fights and presents a very taterd appearance) for keep sakes[*]. but (N.B.) what number of letters the boys weekly receive from the fair ones of Brooklen in which they express their tender regards for the gallant 1st. I saw Lieutenant Ball the other evening, he is quite well, also the Chaplain, he say’s Mrs. Ely is at home. that is the first time I have had any reliable information. I knew she was going home but I could not tell what might turn up to keep her in Philad[elphia]. I hope by this time you are feeling quite well again. the Chaplain received a line from T. Simpson and he did not say anything about your being sick and I concluded you were feeling some better. There was some picket fireing when the boys first came here but none of our Regiment got hurt. we are now under the enemys guns but so maksed behind the woods that they cannot tell whare we are. I am not on duty yet, have no gun.
Wm Sargeant is healthy and strong[,] better known as young Sargeant[,] but known in the Co as 16 string Jack[.]
(a good boy)
Pleas give my best respects to all of my friends & especially tell Eliza Willson if she is there that I have sadly neglected my friends. Remember me to Cousin Hellen[,] little Franky & all the little folks[.]
One  more of the boys that left the Co and enlisted in the Cavalry has been killed[.] Hiram A. Brink is in one of the Hospitals around Washington.
Tell Aunt Lide that I could not get my picture taken in Philad. but the first opertunity I will get it taken and send to her. My love to Brother Orren and yourself[.]
Your Son,
C. E. Goddard
To
His Mother C. M. Smith


See whole letter: 1863-09-28_Smith_combined

*Goddard refers to the 1st Minnesota National Battle Flag, of which only fragments remain.
See all 1st Minnesota-related flags from Gettysburg.

Citation: September 28, 1863, Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother, Correspondence 1863-1929. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

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Thunderstorm P-61

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Thunderstorm P-61

A Northrup P-61 “Black Widow” aircraft from the Thunderstorm Project (which gathered data on thunderstorm activity by flying directly into the storm) during a stop in Minnesota in May, 1947.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on May 21, 1947.

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“Latest News, By Telegraph,” Saint Paul Daily Press – September 27, 1863

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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Football and puns and Floyd

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Football and puns, what could be better? You get both in this 1966 University of Minnesota Homecoming Pin. College homecoming football games have been going on since 1909. Usually the homecoming team schedules an easy opponent to ensure a victory. Commemorative pins for the big game are given out before the game.

This Saturday, September 28, will be the 107th matchup between The University of Minnesota and the University of Iowa. The Gophers have been playing the Hawkeyes since 1935 for the Floyd of Rosedale. Along with winning 61 of the contests the Gophers also won the year this homecoming pin was given out, beating Iowa 17-0.

Ryan Barland, Oral History

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Pillsbury’s Best printed feed bag

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Pillsbury's Best printed feed bag

One printed, plain weave cotton feed sack, unstitched with band paper label. Print is a purple ground with a pattern of mandolins with green and orange accents. Label reads “PILLSBURY’S BEST/XXXX/FEEDS.” “100 LBS.” Circa 1940s.

For details, view this sack in our collections database.

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – September 26, 1863

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment, still recovering from his Gettysburg wound in Illinois. Since his arrival on September 5th at his family home in St. Charles, Matthew Marvin has been busy reacquainting himself with family, socializing with friends and enjoying the comforts of home. All the while, Marvin’s foot continues to plague him. On the 20th he writes that “My wound is more painfull than it has been for 3 or 4 days[.] Stayed at home all day”, but the very next day he is distracted from his pain, writing: “The day has been long though pleasant in the Evening Mrs P & Misses P. Julus, G, H, B N. They stayed untill 11 oclock[.] sang & played on the Melodian[.] had some apples & peaches had a pleasant te a tea [tete-a-tete?] jennerly”.

Marvin’s holiday comes to a close on September 23rd when he returns to Chicago seeking an extension on his furlough: “Got up this Am 5 oclock & started for Geneva at 6 o clock with Father & Jane[.] Took 7 oclock Train for chicago & [arrived] 9 1/2 oclock[.] Mr Kinch took to the M.D. he would not extend my Furlough & said I could not stay here & that I must go back to Philada[,] that I had no business here. I thought differant so I went to the Marine Hospital & told them that I wanted to be treated & I was admited on an Order dated Sept 5th[,] assigning me [...] to this hospt by Dr Porter on the recomd of Capt Pomroy […]”

Consigned to a hospital, though it “is close to the chicago River & commands a good view of the Lake[.] The rations are first rate good enough & good dicipline is apperant”, Marvin’s foot overwhelms his thoughts. He writes “My foot seams to be getting worse the inflamation is in creaceing & it is gathering around whare the ball entered as if it would inlarge the hole[.] it is very sore[.] The Dr has given me some powder that are some bitter[.] tak 3 a day[.]”

By September 26th the boredom of his latest hospital stay is noticeable. He writes:
Received a box from home containing Clothing honey Jam Apples & cigars[.] Recd a letter fromPerk. & J.S.E.[.]  Weather pleasant[.]  amused myself counting the boats that passed my window into the lake[;] their was 80 passed out[.]


See week’s worth of entries: 1863-09-26_Marvin_combined_9-15_9-26

Citation:  September 15-26, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Ojibwa knife sheath

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Ojibwa knife sheath

Ojibwa leather knife sheath with bead and quillwork decoration, made by Becker County Indian Industries for exhibit at Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL, 1893.

For details, view this sheath in our collections database.

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