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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth, about food and living quarters – October 23, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 23 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth, providing an interesting and detailed look at purchases of food supplies as well as his current living quarters.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.
October 23rd, 1864

My Dear Lizzie:
[…] My camp is just on the opposite bank of the river from Little Rock. Have just got some new quarters built. They are 16 by 18 feet built of split logs, chinked with wood and clay, and covered with shakes and have a good cheerful fireplace. Furniture consists of three narrow beds three chairs, a table, and a desk. The walls are hung thick with clothing, swords, sashes, and belts. Altogether it is quite pleasant and comfortable. We have a colored woman to do our cooking and washing. By “we” I mean Lt. Gustafson,  [Adjut…] Jenks, and myself. Yesterday we replenished our larder with 1 bbl flour ($11.55) 200 lbs onions ($15.00) 20 lbs sugar ($6.00) 1 ba. meal ($2.00) 4 gales pickles ($2.00) 2 gales molases ($2.00) 20 lbs white fish ($2.00) 10 lbs Coffee ($4.50) 50 lbs pork $6.00 – besides sundry other things too numerous to mention. […]
Ever your husband,
Madison



See entire letter here: 1864-10-23_Bowler_combined

Citation: October 23, 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 Matthew Marvin – October 22, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 22 Oct 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 home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 22 he writes simply, “Weather pleasant”. Earlier that week on October 20 he wrote, “Wrote to Sam & J P Non[.] Weather unpleasant Snow[.] Arose in the morning to find the snow coming down in large flakes[.] the first of the season[.] After partaking of pancakes I went out to inquire after the welfare of Nellie, found her better[.]”


See a week’s worth of entries: 1864-10-22_Marvin_combined

Citation: October 17 – 24, 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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“From Sheridan’s Army”, “From the South” and “Guerilla Operations Near Washington”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – October 21, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 21 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“An Appeal from the Army”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – October 20, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 20 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“From Missouri”, The Rochester Republican – October 19, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 19 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“Are the Democracy Ready for a Recognition of the Southern Confederacy?” and “McClellan’s Answer”, The Stillwater Messenger – October 18, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 18 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – October 17, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 17 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

Up early, cloudy with a slight drizzling rain all Day. Busy all day on my tent. Putting up logs & a fireplace & laying a nice brick floor. On duty as Regtl. O. of Day. relieved Capt Wright. So officer of the Guard Six posts. Ohio & Indiana largely for the Union.

Citation: October 17, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“Grant”, “Missouri” and “Probable Reductions in Army Expenditures”, The Saint Paul Press – October 16, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 16 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 15, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 15 Oct 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 home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 15 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.] Doctored the sick horse Nellie_ little hopes of her recovery. Took tea with Seth and Jennie at 1 oclock _ Did not go to Oakland owing to the cold weather.”


See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-10-15_Marvin_combined

Citation: October 9 – 16, 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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Lettter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie on his birthday – October 14, 1864

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

A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from Brownsville, Arkansas, relating how sickly the soldiers are, and referencing his birthday.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Brownsville Arkansas
October 14th 1864
My Dear Sister
[…] I shall have to take charge of my own regiment or some Ohio Regiment – Surgeons are scarce in those parts – my health is good[…] I am the only one in the medical department of our regiment who enjoys good health – Almost all the officers in the regiment are sick – and most of the men. This country is quite sickly. […] The 12th of this month was my 23rd birthday, my 4th birthday in the army[.] I wonder where I will be on my next birthday. I hope it will be spent at home. […]
Your aff brother
B Mattocks

Citation: October 14, 1864. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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