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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth, telling about the river and a train wreck – November 30, 1864

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth, telling about recent movement on the river, and a train wreck on the DuValls Bluff Railroad.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.
Nov. 30th, 1864

Dear Lizzie:

A fleet of transports arrived here last week, up the Arkansas river – the first boats that have come up this river since last winter. It looks quite pleasant to see them at the levee. My [S…ler] arrived with a stack of goods. […] A sad accident occurred on the DuValls Bluf RR a few nights ago. Her train was thrown from the track, some five miles from here, and three persons were killed and twenty wounded. A Lieut. and 20 men of the 112” were on the train as guarts. The Lieut. and one man were pretty well bruised. One woman had the flesh completely torn from a leg from the thigh to her foot. She cannot survive long in that condition. Her husband was killed; and her two children escaped unhurt. […]

Truly your loving hubbie,
Madison


See whole letter here: 1864-11-30_Bowler_combined

Citation: November 30, 1864, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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“The News”, “Later from Sherman” and “Attempt to Burn the City of New York”, The Stillwater Messenger. November 29, 1864

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – November 28, 1864

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Clear nice day. Relieved by Lt Guinn & made my report. Wrote to Mrs. More, Lt. Talbot & Dan Williams[.] Made out my monthly Return up to date. Men all on duty. Reading the News, weather mild. River still rising.

Citation: November 28, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Camel Stop

Friday, November 28th, 2014

A pair of camels getting stopped by the cops during a November 29, 1949 visit to downtown St. Paul.

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.

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“Milledgeville, Georgia, Captured By Sherman”, “Rebel Desertions Since the Election” and “Rebel Plot”, The Saint Paul Press – November 27, 1864

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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Cooking with Beer

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

On this Thanksgiving Day our thoughts turn to the turkey, and the potatoes, and the cranberries, and the pies, and … well you get the picture. To inspire you on a day devoted to cooking, we present this Gluek’s recipe box from the 1960s containing all sorts of ideas and recipes for how to cook with beer.

One of the more, ahem, ambitious recipes is reproduced below for your baking enjoyment.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Swee-Tone Perfume

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

A jug of “Swee-Tone” perfume with the original cardboard shipping box, manufactured by The Nipola Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1930 the Nipola Company was indicted with over thirty other businesses nationwide on charges of conspiring to illegally divert legally obtained alcohol to bootleggers because their products could be distilled for use in bootlegged liquor. This box of perfume was found with a cache of 70 similar boxes behind a false wall in a building on the Ancker Hospital complex at Jefferson and Colborne in St. Paul, Minnesota, shortly before the complex was demolished in 1967.

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“Sherman’s Army”, “Gen. Grant in New York” and “From the South”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – November 25, 1864

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Hmong Pillow Cover

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

A blue cotton/polyester pillow cover with cotton embroidery in chain and long stitch illustrating Hmong men hunting birds and animals in a tree. Made for sale by Hmong refugees in Ban Vinai, Thailand, July 1986.

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U.S. Army Officer’s Non-Regulation Sword and Scabbard – November 24, 1864

Monday, November 24th, 2014

United States Army Staff and Field Officer’s non-regulation Model 1850 sword (.A) and scabbard (.B). The etched sword, made by “W. Clauberg / Solingen” has a slightly curved, single-edged blade and a half-basket type brass hilt with silver grips wrapped with brass wire. The etched, browned steel scabbard has gilt brass fittings. The set was presented on November 24, 1864, to Colonel Ozora Pierson Stearns by the enlisted men of the 39th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment.

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