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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – April 24, 1865

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Clear cool morning[.] Lieut Kreps my 1st Lt returned last night from a leave to his home in West Newton Pa. A daring feat occurred last night: the Rebel Ram Webb came by our fleet at the mouth of Red River & passed this place on her way to sea, about 10 ½ P.M. Drilling. Drew & issued clothing to my company.

Citation: April 24, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1865. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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April Snow on the Field

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Two Minneapolis Millers baseball players goofing off on the field during a freak April 25, 1950 snowfall.

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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“Sumter”, “Exchange of Prisoners of War” and “A Peace Programme”, The Saitn Paul Press – April 23, 1865

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Shepard Road

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

A watercolor on paper painting of Shepard Road in the evening, made by Minnesota artist Mike Lynch in 1984.

For more information, view this watercolor in our collections database.

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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, from Little Rock, Arkansas, providing further comment on the news of President Lincoln’s death – April 22, 1865

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, from Little Rock, Arkansas, providing further comment on the news of President Lincoln’s death.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., April 22, 1865.
Dear Lizzie:
[…] Our late victories have been most complete and glorious; but the sad calamity which has befallen the Nation in the death of our beloved President, turns our joy to grief, our symbols of of rejoicing into the habiliments of mourning. How hard it is to make ourselves believe that this dreadful news is a reality. We are not only shocked at the deed, but are completely lost in sorrow and sympathy for the cruel death of him we all had so much reason to love and admire, and who deserved a better fate. But Abraham Lincoln is not dead as other men die, he lives, like Washington, in the hearts of his countrymen. Yes, in the hearts of every man, woman, and child throughout the civilized nation of the world, except such as have besotted their hearts in sin and treason. May Providence soothe the sorrow of his bereaved wife and children.  […]
Ever your loving
Madison


See whole letter here: 1865-04-22_Bowler

Citation: April 22, 1865. 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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Dr. King at the U

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King surrounded by reporters and photographers after his April 27, 1967 speech on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota.

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Temporary Like Dylan: Some Highlights from the Minnesota Music Collection

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Minnesota has a long and storied history of music making. From the Hutchinson Family Singers during the Civil War to Dylan, Prince, punk, and beyond, the creation of music is central to our cultural life here.

See a small sample of some of the fun musical items in the Collection, including Prince’s gloves from Purple Rain; Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to “Temporary Like Achilles”; Karl Mueller’s Chuck Taylors; and Vixen leader Jan Kuehnemund’s guitar and jacket.

Know that there is more to discover – this is just a starting point! The Library Lobby is open the same hours as the Library. Come visit and enjoy!

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“Last Public Speech of Mr. Lincoln” and “Mobile”, Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 21, 1865

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Confederate Rifle

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

A percussion rifle of about .54 caliber. The rifle’s buttstock reads “Jas Bishop 17 LA RED C” [17th Louisiana Regiment, Company C]. The rifle was retrieved from the Civil War battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi, by General John B. Sanborn of the Fourth Minnesota Infantry Regiment while his division performed garrison duty after the surrender. The rifle is half-stocked in walnut, has engraved nickel-silver mountings, an octagonal barrel, and the original ramrod tipped with brass. Made by Henry E. Leman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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

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Arts and Crafts Tile

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A ceramic tile in the Arts and Crafts style, hand built by Gladys Pattee of Minneapolis, MN in the early 1900s.

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

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