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“The President’s Proclamation: The Draft to Take Place in April,” “State Military Items,” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester City Post – March 26, 1864

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Letter from Thomas Christie to his father regarding efforts to save a bridge – March 25, 1864

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Letter from Thomas Christie, at Big Black River Bridge, to his father, James, telling of the Rebel attempts to destroy the Union’s pontoon bridge and the Union efforts to save it.
Partial transcription of the letter:

Big Black River Bridge, Mch 25, 1864.
My Dear Father,
The cavalry of the enemy are within four miles of us[...] Yesterday the rebels launched into the river above us a lot of beams fastened together crosswise, trees, and rubbish, in order to carry away our pontoon bridge. The water is high and the current strong. The great mass came down like a raft, and lodged mgainst [against] the anchor-ropes and the boats; they sank almost under the water. Our pioneers were not strong enough to clear the bridge, and disaster seemed sure. Capt Bedford, the Adjutant General of our Division called on the Captain for a detail of men to help; and some fifty of us ran down. It was hard work to save the bridge; but by dint of much chopping, and praying, and hauling, and rather vigorous talk, we finally set all the trees &c afloat below the pontoons. Then we got buckets, and emptied the boats of water; they had been nearly swamped. The rebels are very active doing all they can to annoy us. Our fellows only wish they would come across and give us a chance at them; or that we might be ordered to go and drive them off ! But I tell the new men not to be too anxious to get into a fight; that before Shiloh we used to talk as they do, but never after. Still, I feel that these new fellows are men to be relied on, when the time comes. […]
from Yours ever,
T.D.C


Citation: March 25, 1864, Letter from Thomas Christie to his brother, Alexander, Christie, Thomas D. and Family. Letters (transcribed) Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box 41]

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Dual-barreled .40 caliber rifle

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Dual-barreled .40 caliber rifle

Double-barrel .40 caliber center-fire sporting rifle. The rifle has been altered by, or possibly made entirely by Carlos Gove in Denver, Colorado. It has a straight walnut stock that is checkered at the wrist and has an iron buttplate and a raised cheek rest on the left side. One barrel is octagon-to-round, the other is round and has a walnut fore end attached with two screws at octagonal brass escutcheons. The rear sights have been removed from both barrels, and a later peep sight added on the frame tang. Both barrels have German silver blades in front.

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Minnesota Model A sewing machine

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Minnesota Model A sewing machine

A close-up photograph of a Minnesota Model A treadle sewing machine marketed by Sears Roebuck. Model A machines were manufactured between 1900-1930 by a variety of manufacturers including Davis, Domestic and White. This sewing machine is mounted on a solid oak, automatic drop desk cabinet. The machine has an enameled black head with gilt scroll ornaments including “Minnesota A”.

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“Treatment of Our Prisoners,” and “Rebel Plan to Abduct President Lincoln,” St. Cloud Democrat – March 24, 1864

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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“Proclamation by the Governor,” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester Republican – March 23, 1864

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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“A Call for More Troops” and “Three Groans for St. Paul”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 22, 1864

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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“Stuck in a Coke machine”

Friday, March 21st, 2014

“Stuck in a Coke machine”

Workmen cutting open a Coke vending machine after a boy gets his hand stuck.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on May 20, 1948.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – March 21, 1864

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Cloudy and very cool[.]
Disembarked early in the morning, and moved to our camp.
All day was spent in removing all the property of the Regiment up to camp owing to the mud.
In the evening we procured wedge tents for the men and wall tents for the officers and pitched them, just after so doing, a heavy rain set in which kept up during the night.
We occupy the old camp of the 1st Louisiana[.]
About 10 or 15 Regiments are stationed at this post[,] mostly colored.
Gen. Andrews in command.


Citation:  March 21, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“Transformations”

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A lithograph of overlapping leaves made by Eugene Larkin in 1978.

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