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“The End of the Rebellion Near at Hand”, “From the Fourth Regiment,” and “Little Mac Not Heard Of”, St. Cloud Democrat – September 15, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 15 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“McClellan and Dixie”, “Letter From Gen. Grant,” and “From Gen. Sully”, The Rochester Republican – September 14, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 14 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“The News”, “Gen. Grant’s view of the Situation”, and “From Washington”, The Stillwater Messenger – September 13, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 13 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – September 12, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 12 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment  who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now at his family’s home in St. Charles, Illinois. On September 12 he writes simply, “Weather Rain.” On the 14th Marvin will start on a tip to Iowa. He writes: “Packed up and started for Ioway[.] JJ gave me two tickets to Dubuque[.] Boat left at 4 Pm[.] 40 miles[...]“

Citation: September 7-14, 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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Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, on staying in the Armyand the upcoming presidential election – September 11, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 11 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth,  giving his thoughts on why he feel he must stay in the Army, and commenting on the Union Ticket in the upcoming presidential election.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 11th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
[…] I wish very much to see you and be with you. I can hardly express how greatly I desire it. But at the same, it has been my intention all along to remain in the army until the end of this war. I cannot disregard your expressed wish in a matter of such right and reason on your part, yet I do not wish to be compelled to leave the army until I can see fully and clearly that we have a country in which we can live in peace and security – an undivided country and a good government. Without these I would not live in the country – I should leave it, sure. I think a few months hence will give us much light. If the copperhead ticket should be successful, the country I fear would be ruined. If the Union ticket shall succeed, and Abraham Lincoln, or any other good union man shall be elected president, the rebels will then see no hope. Besides I think the two great campaigns in Georgia and Virginia must come to some definite result before many months. At Atlanta the armies are in such position that a day may decide the result. It may take weeks or months longer to decide in Virginia. But should we be successful in beating these two great armies before election, there would be literally no opposition to the re-election of the Union ticket and no doubt about the safety of the government need to be feared. I am surprised that you should ask me how I intend to vote. You ought to know me better than that by this time. Do you think I am in earnest in staying in the army or just in fun? I shall vote the Union ticket if I live and am permitted to vote at all. Any person – kin or former friend – who shall vote for the nominee of the Chicago convention, I shall regard with contempt, as much my enemy as an armed rebel! […]
Ever your loving hubbie,
Madison

See the entire letter here: 1864-09-11_Bowler_combined res

Citation: September 11, 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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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – September 10, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 10 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

Clear and warm[.] Fell rather unwell all day long, but find great consolation in Reading the Religious Literature furnished by the Blessed Christian Comm. Wrote some letters for the boys. Drew and issued a large amount of clothing to the company. $300 worth. Cannon target practice all evening.

Citation: September 10, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“The Latest by Telegraph”; “From Sheridan’s Army”, and “From Cincinnati”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat- September 9, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 09 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“Glorious News!: Atlanta Captured”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – September 8, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 08 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“Army Correspondence” and “Latest News”, The Rochester Republican – September 7, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 07 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“Sherman’s Army Occupies Atlanta!” and “The News”, The Stillwater Messenger – September 6, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 06 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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