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Hudson Bridge Drawing

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

One of the recent additions to the State Archives is a large collection of bridge plans from the Bridge Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT). This set is made up primarily of plans and blueprints for nearly 1,000 bridges from around the state spanning from 1895 to 1973. It also contains two unique pencil drawings, including this one for a bridge crossing the St. Croix River. This drawing shows a proposed plan for a truss bridge (DOT bridge number 5999) that wasn’t actually built, connecting Lakeland, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin, dated October 10, 1945. The drawing has the initials R.W.C. but the full name of the illustrator is not known. This drawing was discovered by one of our volunteers as he went through the collection sheet by sheet and made a complete inventory of it. The other bridge in this collection that has a pencil drawing is bridge number 5895 in Hastings, MN.

This collection is an addition to bridge plans we already hold from the Department of Transportation.

Anjanette Schussler, Government Records Assistant

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“From Memphis” and “Glimpses of the South”, The Saint Paul Press – July 31, 1864

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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Hamm’s and the Hollow

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

This woodblock print on paper made by Minnesota artist Gary Egger shows the Hamm’s Brewery and Swede Hollow. It was created in 1980 as part of the Dayton’s Bluff Print of the Month Club.

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

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Letter from Thomas Christie, near Atlanta, to his brother providing an overview of how General Sherman’s Army is organized – July 30, 1864

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Letter from Thomas Christie, near Atlanta, to his brother, Alexander Christie, providing an overview of how General Sherman’s Army is organized.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Mighty near Atlanta, Sa July 30th 1864
My Dear Sandy,
[…] I see in the accounts of our fight on the 22nd published in the Louisville papers the most glaring mistakes in regard to the different Corps engaged & for fear you do not understand how Sherman’s Army is organized, I will tell you. Sherman’s Grand Army is composed of the troops of three Departments of the Military Division of the Mississippi, each commanded by the Departmental Commander & all independent of each other, acting under the supreme command of Genl. Sherman. These Armies are – The Army of the Cumberland, Genl. Thomas; The Army of the Ohio, Genl. Schofield; & our own Army of the Tennessee, before the 22nd under McPherson, then for awhile under Genl. Logan, & now commanded by Maj. Genl. Howard, one of the best men in Uncle Sam’s Army. Now each of these Armies is composed of Army Corps, – the Army of the Cumberland of three – the 4th Corps, of Howard’s (I do not know who commands it now) the 14th Corps – (Palmers) & the 20th Corps (Hookers). The Army of the Ohio has only one Corps here, – the 23rd – & Schofield commands it in person – The Army of the Tennessee has three Corps, – The 15th (Genl. Logan) 16th (Genl. Dodge) & the 17th (Genl. Blair).[.] Each of the Army Corps is composed of 2, 3, or 4 Divisions & the Divisions are subdivided in to Brigades, composed of three or four Regts. each. The two Divisions of our Corps that are present (3rd & 4th) are commanded now by Genls. Legget & Giles M. Smith respectively, since our Genl. Gresham was wounded on the 20th. Now you understand how Sherman’s Army is composed better than two thirds of the Army Corespondents here. […]
Think of the duck hunting we will have with that famous Rifle when you again see your Affectionate brother[,]
Thos. D. Christie



See whole letter here: 1864-07-30_Christie_combined

Citation:  July 30, 1864. Letter from Thomas Christie to brother Alexander. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Letters Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box B]

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Sheriffs on a Motorcycle

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A photograph of Anoka County sheriffs performing a stunt on a motorcycle, circa 1935.

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

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“New Infantry Regiment”, “From Sherman’s Army” and “Late News Items”, Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – July 29, 1864

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Water Skis

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

A pair of water skis made by the White Bear Water Ski Company of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, circa 1960.

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

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“Bad News from Shenandoah Valley” and”From Sherman’s Army”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – July 28, 1864

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Solar Cooker

Monday, July 28th, 2014

A photograph showing a solar cooker built by summer school students at Brimhall School, Falcon Heights in 1966.

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Diary entry by James N. Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., who has been taken captive by rebels and is being held at Andersonville Prison, Georgia– July 27, 1864

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

“Cloudy and Hot[.] camp full of roomers[.] the after noon it clouds up and looks like rain[.] rains a little in the evening[.]” Woodbury himself was taken to the hospital the previous day, and his diary is now in the possession of Nathan Palmer, another Union captive at Andersonville Prison, who is continuing the entries.

Citation:  July 27, 1864 James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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