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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 29, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 31 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 29 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.]” It appears to be a slow, (or perhaps busy) time for Marvin, since his only comments for the past several days are about the weather.

See a week’s worth of entries: 1864-10-29_Marvin_combined

Citation: October 25 – November 1, 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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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – October 31, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 31 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

Cloydy & damp. Regt was inspected and Mustered by Maj Losey. Working on Muster Rolls. Lt. Roberts on Grand Guard. Had Dress Parade.

Citation: October 31, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“Grant’s Entire Army Moving”, “Rebel Plot” and “From Washington”, The Saint Paul Press – October 30, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 30 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie on performing surgery on wounded soldiers – October 28, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 28 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 Harrisonville, Missouri, telling of pursuing  General Price, difficult marches, and performing surgery on wounded soldiers.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Harrisonville MO
Oct 28th 1864

My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] For the past ten days we have been following up General Price night and day. The nearest we came to him was [Eleven] miles – of course we could not [h…] him as his men are mounted and we are infantry. I think now that we are about through and we expect soon to leave for St. Louis, and from there to Memphis – the Authorities may change our course and we may remain in the field, and follow Price. You have no idea how we have had to travel – in two months we have traveled twelve hundred miles and have had to march a part of the way. Out of 800 men we have but 280 with us – the rest are not dead, but scattered all over the country. I should not wonder if we wintered in Memphis. I hope so. On our last march we came across a battle field fought over by Price and Blunt. There were a number of dead and wounded there. Upon the […tation] of a rebel surgeon I took off a mans thigh and anothers leg – pretty good for a boy isn’t it? […]
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks

See entire letter here: 1864-10-28_Brewer_combined

Citation: October 28, 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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Sheridan’s Great Victory: The Good News Grows Better”, The Wabasha County Herald – October 27, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 27 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“The News”, The Rochester Republican – October 26, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 26 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“Another Glorious Victory in the Shenandoah” and “A Cloud of Galiant Witnesses”, The Stillwater Messenger – October 25, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 25 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – October 24, 1864

Posted byLori Williamson on 24 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

Clear and warm[.] Preparing old C.C. & G.E. to be inspected. Cos. Drilled in forenoon, Battalion drilled in afternoon. Good drill. Major Losey drilled. Lewis Lerrill returned to Co. Attended School in Regulations at 6 ½ [P. cll.]


Citation: October 24, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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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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