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“The Reported Capture of Goldsboro Confirmed”, “From Washington” and “The English Opinion of the War”, The Saint Paul Press – March 26, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 26 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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US Navy officer’s Model 1852 sword and scabbard – March 25, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 25 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

United States Navy officer’s Model 1852 sword and scabbard.  The etched sword has a slightly curved, single-edged steel blade and a gilt cast brass Phrygian helmet type hilt with a dolphin head. The grips are covered with fish skin and bound with brass wire. The leather scabbard has brass fittings and is engraved: “Presented / to / 1st Apot. Engineer / G.M.B. BENNETT USN / by / Chas W. Morse / & / W.D.C. Boggs / March 25th 1865″.

Citation: March 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society collections, (PUID 9030.A,B)

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“Delayed Dispatches” and “From Washington”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 24, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 24 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“News Items” and “A Proclamation”, The Wabasha County Herald – March 23, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 23 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“The News” and “The Eighth Minnesota”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 21, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 21 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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“Latest News by Telegraph” and “Rebel Barbarities”, The Saint Paul Press – March 19, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 19 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – March 18, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 18 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

Clear, mild and lovely day. Relieved by Capt. Hudson and made my report. Received a letter from Father and mother & one from Mrs. Libbelts. St. Peter Land Office Sent a letter to Bro. Alex. Lieut Roberts returned to duty in the compy. from S.D. Copied several orders into the Co. Order Book.

Citation: March 18, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie describing the area and the regiment’s next move – March 17, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 17 Mar 2015 | 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 Dauphin Island, Alabama, describing the area and the regiment’s next move.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Dauphin Island
Mobile Bay March 17th
My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] We are now at Fort Gaines at the entrance to Mobile Bay. The island is about twelve miles long and rather pleasant. It is mostly sand, but part of it is covered with pine trees. Our camp is near the beach, […] Now and then there are terribly storms, washing the waves a great ways up the beach. […] I suppose our long [play] spell is just coming to a close and I expect daily orders to move on Mobile. The city is about 20 miles from here. We hear cannonading from that direction occasionally. I think it is from our gun boats [fuling] of their forts. […]
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks


See entire letter here: 1865-03-17_Brewer_combined

Citation: March 17, 1865. 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”, “State News” and “Grant’s Army”, The Wabasha County Herald – March 16, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 16 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

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Handwritten pass for Thomas Christie to forage – March 14, 1865

Posted byLori Williamson on 14 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Civil War Daybook

A small, handwritten pass advising the guards to allow Thomas D. Christie and others through the lines for the purpose of foraging for the First Minnesota Battery in the field in North Carolina.
A transcription of the pass:

Hd Qrs 1st Minn Battery
In the Field N.C. March 14, 65

Guards & Pickets
Will Pass the Bearer Sergt Thomas D Christie & Six Men until further Orders. they being detailed as regular foragers for the First Minnesota Battery.
Wm Z Clayton
Capt Comdy Battery



Citation:  March 14, 1865. Pass for Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]

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