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LEAP DAY BONUS EDITION – Reception for the 2nd Minnesota Regiment at the Winslow Hotel – February 29, 1864

Friday, February 28th, 2014


This is a bonus post: 1864 was a leap year, whereas 2014 is not. – ed.

The 2nd Minnesota Regiment’s original term of service expired around Christmas of 1863 and about eighty percent of the soldiers reenlisted. They were rewarded with a thirty day furlough at the end of January, 1864. On February 29, 1864 the 2nd Minnesota reassembled at Fort Snelling. In addition to about three hundred returning veterans, approximately one hundred fifty new recruits were in attendance. In the afternoon the group marched to St. Anthony for a grand reception and ball in their honor at the Winslow House. The party lasted all night, ending in the morning with a hot breakfast and a march back to the fort.

Photographs of the Winslow House, the first luxury hotel on the riverfront overlooking St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. The five story limestone hotel opened in 1857 and closed during the Civil War for lack of guests. It was eventually torn down in 1886.

For more information on the 2nd Minnesota, see the article “The Second Minnesota in the West” in Minnesota History vol. 38, issue 6.

For more views of the Winslow House, see Collections Online.

Citations:
Winslow Hotel, St. Anthony, photoprint. MH5.9 MP3.1W r135. Minnesota Historical Society.
Winslow House, St. Anthony, photoprint. MH5.9 MP3.1W r25. Minnesota Historical Society.

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“The News,” and “Letter from “High Private,” Rochester City Post – February 27, 1864

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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“Fishing and Schmidts”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

“Fishing and Schmidts”

A staged photo of a woman in a fishing boat with a large walleye and a 6-pack of Schmidt City Club beer, May 15, 1950.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on May 15, 1950.

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“The Situation,” “The Relief of Soldiers,” and “Latest News, by Telegraph,” Saint Paul Daily Press – February 28, 1864

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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Stickpins

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Stickpins

Two stickpins with twisted silver and pink wire flowers made between 1900 and 1950.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view these pins in our collections database.

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Harriet Pope

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Harriet Pope

A tintype portrait of Harriet DePuy Pope made around 1870.

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“The Conscription Act,” and “Latest News by Telegraph,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – February 26, 1864

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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Shopping Basket

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Shopping Basket

Shopping basket woven from three colors of recycled plastic carton straps (green, yellow, black) with two loop handles for carrying. Made by Thong Toua Yang of St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1993.

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Letter from James Woodbury of the 9th Minnesota Infantry, Company C, to his wife, Amanda – February 25, 1864

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Partial transcription of the letter:

In Camp at Black Water Creek, Mo.  Feb. 25th 1864.
Dear Wife,
[…] yesterday Jim [Ganner] Nate Palmeter and I went out a hunting[.] we went about ten miles. I should think we shot one rabbit one squirrel and one quail[.] we got pretty tired by the time we got back to camp. We would have gone out again to day but Jim was on poliesce so we could not go. We live a bout as poor as we ever did[.] there has been a good many meales that we have not had any thing but coffee and hard tack to eat. the boys are getting out timber for the bridge[.] [T]here is ten or more of the boys detailed for that.  [….]
[…page 2] Next monday we muster for pay again then we will have four months pay due us 52 Dollars and we will be likely to get it soon. […]
[…page 4] but my sheet is full so I must stop so good bye dearest. from your ever true and loving husband
J.M. Woodbury


See entire letter here: 1864-02-25_Woodbury_combined

Citation:  February 25, 1864 Letter from James N. Woodbury to Amanda, letters to Amanda Woodbury, March 1863-May 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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“Death of Slavery,” and “Union Convention in Louisiana,” Goodhue Volunteer – February 24, 1864

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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