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Bing Crosby Tape

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Bing Crosby Tape

Audio tape cartridge of Bing Crosby’s music album “I Wish You a Merry Christmas,” manufactured by 3M Company, Revere-Wollensak Division, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1962.

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“The Second Minnesota: Its Part in the Late Battles at Chattanooga,” and “The Steamer Chesapeake: Her Capture by Rebels,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – December 25, 1863

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

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Snow Cycle

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Snow Cycle

Oscar Bakke, Harley Davidson dealer in Rice Lake, WI with a snow motorcycle of his own design, ca. 1925.

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“Items from our Regiments,” and “The Second Minnesota,” St. Cloud Democrat – December 24, 1863

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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Newspaper carriers’ greetings

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Take a look at these short pieces about the newspaper carriers’ holiday greetings in the MHS Library Collection! They are beautiful mementos of earlier holidays. Enjoy!

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Assiniboine pipe bag

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Assiniboine pipe bag

Assiniboine (Nakota) buckskin pipe bag, ca. 1890. The bag has beadwork on its lower half featuring the image of a horse and is sewn to wool blanket cloth. A double roll of buckskin fringe hangs from the bottom. The fringe and neck of the bag appear to have been dyed yellow at one time. Vertical bars of quillwork decorate the bottom of the bag near the fringe. The neck closes with two short lengths of ribbon.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth Caleff Bowler, commenting on reenlisting and the cost of clothing – December 23, 1863

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 23rd 1863.
My Dear Lizzie:
How is my darling and how does her little “Birdie” this fine morning? I wish I could see both of you and give you a good, sweet kiss apiece. You still express some hope that I may visit home before many months. There is only one hope left now, aside from resignation. The 3rd Regt. has less than one year to serve, and is therefore subject to the Veteran Volunteer order, which grants $402.00 bounty to those who re-enlist for three years or during the war; and when 3/4 of a company or reg’t re-enlist they may be ordered home with their officers for furlough and re-organization.  Over 3/4 of Co. “K” have re-enlisted, and I have no doubt but that 3/4 of Co. “F” will be in by next week.  Should such be the case we may all be home in the course of a month. […]
Prices are indeed high; but not so high in Minn. as they are here.  I have spent $38.00 for boots alone since I left Helena.  Also $50 for an overcoat and $30.00 for two pairs trousers.  I sent to St. Louis and got a dress coat for $32 which would have cost $45.00 here. Shirts cost from $5.00 to $12.00 a pair.  Draws (sic) ditto.     Eggs fifty cts, Butter from 50 to 75 cts. […] I shall not have to buy any more clothes for a year. […]
Every your loving
Madison


See whole letter: 1863-12-23_Bowler_complete

Citation: December 23, 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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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother and “The $300 Clause to be Repealed,” “Southern Items,” and “Local and Miscellaneous News,” Stillwater Messenger – December 22, 1863

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Camp 1st Minn Vols near
Culpeper Va December 22d 1863
Dear Mother,
Your kind and interesting letter of the 13th of this month arrived last evening and found me enjoying myself by a good warm fire and discussing the presant state of American affairs with my friend and veteran soldier Chas. E. Ely who came to this camp from Broad and Cherry Hospt a few days ago. he is as well as he ever was according to his own statement. He looks fine after recruiting in Philad[elphia], the land of plenty and whare the pretty girls are not scarce. Charley after taking as affectionate farewell of the dear creturs, whos love for the bold “So’dger Boy” can hardly be described, bid adieu to the good grub and pleasant times for the tented field. It is getting pretty cold but with the good shanties we can stand it until the 29th of April next.
Nothing of importance has transpired since I last wrote
Chas E Goddard
1st Minnesota

See entire letter here: 1863-12-21_Smith_complete

Citation: December 22, 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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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth Caleff Bowler – December 21, 1863

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Head Quarters, Post of Little Rock, Arkansas,
Dec. 21”, 1863.
My Dear Lizzie:
Yours of Nov. 30” and Dec 1” were recd this morning. I hasten to reply to the business matter, and will answer the rest some other time.
You say that Mr. Dodge offers his land, house etc included, for $1100.00 – $500.00 down, and the rest in one year at 7 per cent interest.
Now, I am going to talk a little, and after I get through talking I shall say something. Financially speaking, it would be a fair investment – $100 rent giving interest of 9 percent on an investment of $1100.
But out of that come taxes and repairs, which would leave a small balance.  If I recollect rightly, though I never took much notice, the house is cheaply gut up and cannot last long, the other improvements of like nature.  I may be in error.  Besides, one year ago, if I am not mistaken, Mr. D. offered the place for $800.00.
I think he appears rather grasping; and a good financier could make him lower those figures ($1100.) considerably, rather than lose a good trade. The least he could do would be to let the balance sum without interest until the end of the year at which time, if not paid, the interest might commence.
Now I have had my say and I leave it entirely with you to do as you think best. We want a house, and I think that would make us a very good one.
Land, too, I presume, has advanced in value during the past year. I have no doubt but that I can furnish the money as required.
Be assured that I shall be fully satisfied with whatever action you choose to take.
Ever your loving
Madison.


See whole letter here: 1863-12-21_Bowler_complete

Citation:  December 21, 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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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – December 20, 1863

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg and is convalescing in Chicago, Illinois at the US Marine Hospital. These days Marvin regularly receives visitors, reads and writes letters. On December 8, Marvin writes of efforts made on behalf of a fellow patient: “This evening we got up a contrabution for Sergt Schermerhorn[.] we raised raised [sic] here in the hospital for him $12 in all probability he will not live long & is very poor in [puc…]neary matters[.] I wrote to his Wife for him”. The next day the Sergeant was discharged and sent home.

Marvin’s wound flares up again for a few days. Marvin writes “My wound is swelling to day & is very painfull” and the next day “My wound keeps getting worse & pain is increasing”. On the third day he feels some relief after a long night; he writes “This morning my wound was not quite so painfull as it was yesterday & last nite it was an awful long nite[.] I thought of all I ever herd tell of from the landing of Noahs Ark to the preasant time”.

Days pass slowly in the hospital. Marvin writes “The days are very lonely & the nites are more so”. For a while Marvin looses himself in literature, writing that “by the kindness Mrs Rice I have a coppy of Byron to beguile the hours away” and “Reading Byron[,] Don Juan ”. By mid December the men decide to do something about the recurring boredom and lonliness. On December 15 Marvin writes that he “Attended a meeting of Soldier to get up a Library”.

On December 20, Marvin writes: “Wrote to Lute & MLM[.] Weather pleasant

See week’s worth of entries: 1863-12-20_Marvin_combined

Citation:  December 6-21, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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