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Letter from John N. Bradford to his wife discussing the capture and escape of Hutchinson and protecting the railroad – August 25, 1864

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Letter from John N. Bradford of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, from Altoona, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, commenting on the capture of John Grover of Hutchinson of Minnesota and his escape, and ongoing problems protecting the railroad.

A partial transcription of the letter:

August 25th 1864
Altoona GA
Darling
[…] the Rebels captured John Grover of our Co. night before last – he cooks for the Col. and Maj.[.] he was out side of the lines buying Vegetables[.] he got away from them the same night[.] they robed him of 27 dollars[,] his watch[,] knife[,] and comb[.] it is hard to fight such a set of beings as they[.] they are no better than set of hyway robbers[.] should be kiled as fast as come to[.] Aug 27th we have more trouble on the rail road[.] they tore up half a mile last night[.] eight cares was thrown down an imbankment[.] kiled four and wounded several[.][…]
with much love, hopeing soon to see you[,]
John



See entire letter here: 1864-08-25_Bradford_combined

Citation:  August 25, 1864. John P. Bradford Papers  1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 7]

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Fair Souvenir

Monday, August 25th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

This is a glass Minnesota State Fair souvenir paperweight filled with shells, one of which reads “Souvenir of the Fair.” circa 1900-1940.

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

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“Up, For Our Country Calls” and “Military Operations”, The Goodhue Volunteer – August 24, 1864

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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“A Regiment of Rebel Deserters” and “The Draft sure to come off on September 5th”, The Stillwater Messenger – August 23, 1864

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – August 22, 1864

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On August 22 he writes, “Wrote to Jack[.] Weather pleasant[.]” On August 16 he writes, “In the Evening attended the Theater[.] […]”

See entire week’s entries: 1864-08-22_Marvin_combined

Citation: August 14-25, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Adlai in MN

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson and an aide are surprised by the photographer during an October 4, 1952 campaign visit to Minnesota.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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

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1919 Fire Truck at MN State Fair

Thursday, August 21st, 2014


Every year we lend our 1919 Ford Model T Fire Truck to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the MN State Fair Parade.  It is one of a very few vehicles that we keep maintained in running condition.  This one was the first unit used by the Minnesota Forest Service and will lead the parade on Friday this week (8/22/2014) for Fire Prevention Day.  It is a special year because Smokey Bear turns 70 this year.

Nicole Delfino Jansen, Central Registrar

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“Sherman”, “The Movement Against Mobile” and “The Released Charleston Prisoners”, The Saint Paul Press – August 21, 1864

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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The Beatles

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

On this day, August 21 in 1965 the Beatles performed at Metropolitan Stadium. This photograph shows a crowd of nearly 4000 fans awaiting the arrival of the Beatles at the airport.

For more information on this concert, see this article in Minnesota History magazine.

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Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war about the hope of prisoner exchange – August 20, 1864

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war in Charleston, South Carolina, about the hope of prisoner exchange.

Charleston S.C. Aug 20th 1864
My Dear wife
I wrote to you one week ago. I wonder if you have received it & will get this. I am still a prisioner of war here, I get along with my captivity remarkably well I do think, well all the time, I scarcely can tell how I keep so, but I do[.] “A speedy prospect of exchange” I just hear[.] I hope so, I wonder how you get along[.] well I hope all[.] I will see you this Fall I think without a doubt my life spared[.] some of the officers here are sick no general complaint[.] It is quite warm, we have salt water for bathing which I like[.] I hear there is to be a draft in the North in Sep. May Mr Burton be spared[.] if he has to go I will come & take his place. does your wood still last? I have not heard from[g] you since the the last of May[.] I cannot write much not on one page. Expect to go North before your letter reaches me[.] All is well, let that suffice[.] A W Tiffany


Citation: August 20, 1864. Letter from Allen White Tiffany. Lieutenant A. W. Tiffany letters. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2776]

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