Museum Collections Up Close : MNHS.ORG http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:00:35 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 ©Minnesota Historical Society collections@mnhs.org (Minnesota Historical Society) collections@mnhs.org(Minnesota Historical Society) History, Society, Culture, American History, Education, Museums, Collections 1440 video, story, museum, history, preservation, civil war, Minnesota, Native American The stories behind selected items at the Minnesota Historical Society. Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Minnesota Historical Society Minnesota Historical Society collections@mnhs.org No clean http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/wp-content/themes/mhs/MHS_Upclose_badge_small.png Museum Collections Up Close : MNHS.ORG http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections 144 144 “News Items,” and “Army Radicallism,” Stillwater Messenger – April 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/news-items-and-army-radicallism-stillwater-messenger-april-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/news-items-and-army-radicallism-stillwater-messenger-april-19-1864/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:00:35 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14589

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“Poison Ivy” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/%e2%80%9cpoison-ivy%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/%e2%80%9cpoison-ivy%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:30:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14571 “Poison Ivy”

A National Audubon Society ranger pointing out poison ivy to two hikers near Lake Itasca in July 1947.

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.

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Letter from Thomas Christie, then in Cairo, Illinois, to brother Alexander Christie, suggesting their father come to visit in Cairo – April 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/letter-from-thomas-christie-then-in-cairo-illinois-to-brother-alexander-christie-suggesting-their-father-come-to-visit-in-cairo-april-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/letter-from-thomas-christie-then-in-cairo-illinois-to-brother-alexander-christie-suggesting-their-father-come-to-visit-in-cairo-april-18-1864/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:17 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14585 Letter from Thomas Christie, then in Cairo, Illinois, to brother Alexander Christie, suggesting their father come to visit in Cairo.
Partial transcription of the letter:

Cairo Ills. April 18th 1864
My Dear Brother:
[…]I wish it could be managed so that Father could come down  and see us for I am afraid that it will be impossible to obtain furlough. The fare to Chicago from here is about 12 dollars and 4 ½ from there to Clyman so his trip would not need to cost more than 35 dollars, which he could use from William’s and my money and be welcome to it. It would be worth 2 month’s pay to see him down here, and it would be of great benefit to him, I know. The spring labor could spare him for a few days. […]
From, yours [aff…], Thos. D. Christie

See entire letter: 1864-04-18_Christie_combined res

Citation:  April 18, 1864, Letter from Thomas Christie to his brother, Alexander, Christie, Thomas D. and Family. Letters (transcribed) Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box A]

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Morrison Collage http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/morrison-collage/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/morrison-collage/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:30:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14569 Morrison Collage

On this day, April 17 in 2000 the Native American painter and sculptor George Morrison died. He was born in 1919 in Chippewa City and would garner national acclaim for his abstract and nature based work.

This sculpture or collage made in 1975 is one of many works by Morrison in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society. It is a large work made of driftwood pieced together to form a landscape with a strong horizon line that would appear in nearly all of Morrison’s pieces made after the 1960s.

MHS will also be hosting a traveling George Morrison exhibit titled Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison from February 14 to April 26, 2015.

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“The Amendment to the Constitution Prohibiting Slavery Adopted by the Senate,” and “Latest News By Telegraph,” Saint Paul Press – April 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-amendment-to-the-constitution-prohibiting-slavery-adopted-by-the-senate-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-saint-paul-press-april-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-amendment-to-the-constitution-prohibiting-slavery-adopted-by-the-senate-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-saint-paul-press-april-17-1864/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14582

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Minn-Kota Trolling Motor http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/minn-kota-trolling-motor/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/minn-kota-trolling-motor/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:30:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14567 Minn-Kota Trolling Motor

A very early (1934-35) Minn-Kota electric trolling motor made in Moorhead, MN. It has a tag reading, “MINN-KOTA / TROLLER / 6-12 VOLT / SER. NO. 8896 / MINN-KOTA MFG. CO. / MOORHEAD, MINN.”

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Letter from James N. Woodbury to his wife Amanda telling of life in camp – April 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/letter-from-james-n-woodbury-to-his-wife-amanda-telling-of-life-in-camp-april-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/letter-from-james-n-woodbury-to-his-wife-amanda-telling-of-life-in-camp-april-16-1864/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14578 Letter from James N. Woodbury of the Ninth Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, in Warrensberg,  Missouri, to his wife Amanda,  telling of life in the camp.

Partial transcription of the letter:

No 47
Warrensberg & Mo. Apr 16th
My Dearest Wife,
[…] the boys that are to work on the Rail Road get two Dollars pr day. There is several cases of smallpox in town all in one family[.] if it gets to spreading it will make bad work[.] when we were here before I believe I wrote to you  a bout one of the battery boys killing one of the men that worked on the Rail road[,] an irish man[.] They have got him in prison and keep two guards with him[.] he is to be shot the 29th of this month. I hope we will not be here then for I don’t want to see him shot but if we we are here I suppose we will be ordered to go and perhaps there will be some of our company detailed to shoot him[.] if there are any I hope I will not be the one.[…]
…good night darling[,] from your ever true and loving husband
J. N. Woodbury

See entire letter here: 1864-04-16_Woodbury_combined

Citation:  April 16, 1864 Letter from James N. Woodbury to Amanda, letters to Amanda Woodbury, March 1863-May 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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DFL Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/dfl-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/dfl-button/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:30:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14564

On this day, April 14 in 1944 the Farmer-Labor political party joined with the state Democratic party to form the DFL party. This conglomeration is unique to Minnesota. This button or lapel tag is from 1970 and states “Happiness is a DFL Governor”.

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“The Rebel Army Drawing Supplies from the United States,” and “Fifth Regiment,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-rebel-army-drawing-supplies-from-the-united-states-and-fifth-regiment-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-rebel-army-drawing-supplies-from-the-united-states-and-fifth-regiment-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-15-1864/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:01 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14574

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Boys Baseball Uniform http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/boys-baseball-uniform/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/boys-baseball-uniform/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:30:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14562 Boys Baseball Uniform

Boy’s baseball uniform worn by Robert Kriz in Hopkins, Minnesota in the mid 1930s. The two-piece cotton flannel uniform consists of a short sleeve shirt and knickers, both with a front button closure. The shirt has a baseball patch at left front and the logo “Dizzy / Daffy” with crossed balls and bats stenciled on back. The knickers have belt loops, a right rear patch pocket and elasticized leg hems.

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“The News,” and “From the Army of the Cumberland,” St. Cloud Democrat – April 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-news-and-from-the-army-of-the-cumberland-st-cloud-democrat-april-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-news-and-from-the-army-of-the-cumberland-st-cloud-democrat-april-14-1864/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:00:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14557

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“Miscellaneous Reading,” and “Telegraphic News,” Goodhue Volunteer – April 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/miscellaneous-reading-and-telegraphic-news-goodhue-volunteer-april-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/miscellaneous-reading-and-telegraphic-news-goodhue-volunteer-april-13-1864/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14554

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“A Diabolical Plot,” and “News Items,” Stillwater Messenger – April 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/a-diabolical-plot-and-news-items-stillwater-messenger-april-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/a-diabolical-plot-and-news-items-stillwater-messenger-april-12-1864/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:00:39 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14551

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“Haylift Crash” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/%e2%80%9chaylift-crash%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/%e2%80%9chaylift-crash%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:30:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14503 “Haylift Crash”

The aftermath of a May 5, 1950 airplane crash near the Minneapolis airport. The 3 crew and 28 ROTC passengers of the Curtiss C-46 survived the crash. The plane was named “The Haylift Express” because it once delivered hay to snowbound North Dakota farmers, the animal heads on the side of the plane designate completed Haylift missions.

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.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – April 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-april-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-april-11-1864/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14542 Clear and pleasant[.] a little warm.
I took a patrol and searched the camp of the 6th Mich Battery Co. D. By order of Provost Marshall for whiskey. Found a keg of whiskey, a box of schnapps and 2 […] of whiskey[.] Got some reading matter from Christian Commissin[.] Drew Rations for 11 men. Patroled & arrested 2 men & sent them to the G. House. 21st Ind. Veterans returning to duty. Cavalry returning from telegraph Expedition. [Re…sed].


Citation:  April 11, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Confederate flag captured by the Fourth MN http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/confederate-flag-captured-by-the-fourth-mn/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/confederate-flag-captured-by-the-fourth-mn/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:30:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14501 Confederate flag captured by the Fourth MN

Two-sided pieced silk Confederate battle flag is painted on the white stripe “Our Rights” and” [Claib]orne Rangers”. The flag was captured from a mounted company of the 12th Louisiana Regiment by the 4th Minnesota Regiment on May 14, 1863 at Jackson, Mississippi.

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“The Storming and Capture of Ft. De Russy,” Saint Paul Press – April 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-storming-and-capture-of-ft-de-russy-saint-paul-press-april-10-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-storming-and-capture-of-ft-de-russy-saint-paul-press-april-10-1864/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14539

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Beaded Smoking Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/beaded-smoking-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/beaded-smoking-jacket/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:30:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14499 Beaded Smoking Jacket

A smoking jacket given to Stafford King in the early 1920s at his induction into the White Earth Band of Ojibwa. Jacket is of chocolate brown velvet with a black velvet collar, a frog and cord front closure and “‘The Hastings’/ BENEDICT & TURNER” label on interior. Appliqué includes floral beadwork and tin jingle cones on the collar, floral beadwork on the cuffs, and jingle cones and other tinwork stitched at the breast and hips.

This jacket can be seen in person in our current Library Lobby display of Native American beadwork. It is open during regular Library hours.

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

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“The News,” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester City Post – April 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-news-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-april-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-news-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-april-9-1864/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:00:09 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14536

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Surveyors http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/surveyors/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/surveyors/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:30:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14497 Surveyors

A large framed daguerreotype of five men with surveying equipment. Made in the 1850s.

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“Grant on Lawless Soldiers,” and “Sixth Regiment Ordered South,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/grant-on-lawless-soldiers-and-sixth-regiment-ordered-south-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/grant-on-lawless-soldiers-and-sixth-regiment-ordered-south-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-8-1864/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:00:02 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14533

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State Fair Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/state-fair-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/state-fair-quilt/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:30:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14495 State Fair Quilt

A “Flower Pot” cotton quilt, hand pieced and quilted by David Shattuck. This quilt won the Minnesota State Fair Sweepstakes in 1984.

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“Sixth Regiment Ordered South,” and “Promotions,” St. Cloud Democrat – April 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/sixth-regiment-ordered-south-and-promotions-st-cloud-democrat-april-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/sixth-regiment-ordered-south-and-promotions-st-cloud-democrat-april-7-1864/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:00:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14530 [N.B. - Click on any image twice to make larger. - ed.]

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“Washington Gossip,” Goodhue Volunteer – April 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/washington-gossip-goodhue-volunteer-april-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/washington-gossip-goodhue-volunteer-april-6-1864/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:00:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14527

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“Another Letter from General Butler,” and “Padnach, Ky., Captnred and Destroyed by the Rebels,” Stillwater Messenger – April 5, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/another-letter-from-general-butler-and-padnach-ky-captnred-and-destroyed-by-the-rebels-stillwater-messenger-april-5-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/another-letter-from-general-butler-and-padnach-ky-captnred-and-destroyed-by-the-rebels-stillwater-messenger-april-5-1864/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:00:52 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14524

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“Miller’s Warming Up” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/%e2%80%9cmillers-warming-up%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/%e2%80%9cmillers-warming-up%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:30:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14441 “Miller's Warming Up”

Three Minneapolis Millers players warming up in the clubhouse on a chilly April 24, 1950.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer.

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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about who has re-enlisted, and his plans for after he receives his discharge – April 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/letter-from-charles-goddard-of-the-1st-minnesota-to-his-mother-about-who-has-re-enlisted-and-his-plans-for-after-he-receives-his-discharge-april-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/letter-from-charles-goddard-of-the-1st-minnesota-to-his-mother-about-who-has-re-enlisted-and-his-plans-for-after-he-receives-his-discharge-april-4-1864/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:00:51 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14519 Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about who has re-enlisted, and his plans for after he receives his discharge.

Partial transcription of the letter:

Fort Snelling Minn
April 4th 1864.
Dear Mother
[…]A good many of our Regt. have reenlisted and a few of our Company. Those in our Company who have reenlisted are W.H. Abell[,] H. A. Brink of Chandler[,] Corporal Wm. H. Churchill[,] S. S. [Tenney] of Towner and M. McIntyer[.] I expect you do not know half of them for they came from Minneapolis most of them and some from Quincy. As yet I have not been to St. Paul nor in fact any whare but to Minnehaha falls and I do not think I should have gone there if it had required money – I do not want you to think that I have no money for I have VV left, but I need that for other things. when I get my discharge I intend to go to St. Anthony Falls and Minneapolis for I expect that a better chance will never occur.[…]
Give my love to Brother and remember me to […my]
C.E. Goddard


See whole letter: 1864-04-04_smith_combined

Citation: April 4, 1864, Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother, Correspondence 1863-1929. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

Follow this link for a list of the members of the First Minnesota Regiment, including those Goddard mentions above.

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Torpedo minnow bucket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/torpedo-minnow-bucket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/torpedo-minnow-bucket/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:30:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14439 Torpedo minnow bucket

Galvanized sheet-iron minnow bucket made in the form of a torpedo. It has a cylindrical body with a rounded conical top, a wire bail-type handle and four fins serving as a base. A hinged, spring-loaded door gives access to the interior and perforations on the back allow water to circulate. An oval engraving below the door reads “TORPEDO / MINNOW BUCKET / PAT. PENDING / MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. / WARREN MFG. CO.” Circa 1935.

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“The Southern Armies,” and “McClellan and the Army: A Humbug Exploded,” Saint Paul Press – April 3, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-southern-armies-and-mcclellan-and-the-army-a-humbug-exploded-saint-paul-press-april-3-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-southern-armies-and-mcclellan-and-the-army-a-humbug-exploded-saint-paul-press-april-3-1864/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14516

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“The News,” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester City Post – April 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-news-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-april-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-news-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-april-2-1864/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:25:32 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14513

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Beaded drawstring bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/beaded-drawstring-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/beaded-drawstring-bag/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:30:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14437 Beaded drawstring bag

A large beaded leather drawstring bag with six metal ornaments and blue wool yarn. The bag is either Cheyenne or Dakota (probably Teton) and is from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, N.D. Circa 1900.

This bag can also be seen in person in our current Library Lobby display of Native American beadwork. It is open during regular Library hours.

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

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“The Fifth Regiment Re-Enlisted for the War,” and “A Company of Sharpshooters to be Attached to the Sixth Regiment,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-fifth-regiment-re-enlisted-for-the-war-and-a-company-of-sharpshooters-to-be-attached-to-the-sixth-regiment-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/the-fifth-regiment-re-enlisted-for-the-war-and-a-company-of-sharpshooters-to-be-attached-to-the-sixth-regiment-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-april-1-1864/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:28:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14505

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Flood! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/flood/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/04/flood/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:30:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14435 Flood!

During the month of April in 1965, extensive flooding occurred on the Mississippi, Minnesota and Red rivers. This flood would go in the history books as the highest crest ever along the entire length of the Mississippi. The flood was caused by record snowfalls (66 inches in Collegeville!) during the month of March.

This photograph from the Walter F. Mondale Papers shows Minnesota Governor Karl Rolvaag, President Lyndon Johnson and Senator Walter Mondale viewing the floodwaters in St. Paul on April 14, 1965.

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

To view more items from the Walter Mondale Senatorial Papers, see the finding aid here.

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“Spring” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/spring/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/spring/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:30:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14433

A woodcut on paper made in the late 1960s by Minnesota artist Eugene Larkin.

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From Huntsville, Alabama, John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, writes to his wife, Libbie Bradford, telling of the cost of food and the welcomed variety of food supplies for the army – March 31, 2014 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/from-huntsville-alabama-john-n-bradford-of-the-fourth-minnesota-regiment-writes-to-his-wife-libbie-bradford-telling-of-the-cost-of-food-and-the-welcomed-variety-of-food-supplies-for-the-army/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/from-huntsville-alabama-john-n-bradford-of-the-fourth-minnesota-regiment-writes-to-his-wife-libbie-bradford-telling-of-the-cost-of-food-and-the-welcomed-variety-of-food-supplies-for-the-army/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:00:29 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14491 From Huntsville, Alabama, John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, writes to his wife, Libbie Bradford, telling of the cost of food and the welcomed variety of food supplies for the army.
Partial transcription of the letter:

Huntsvill Ala March 31st., 1864
Love
[…]this is getting to be quite a business place[.]  the citizens come 20 miles to trade[.]  some bring in Eggs & butter[.]  Eggs 30 cents per doz[,]  butter 50 cents per lb[.]  the rest draw rations…we will soon have the greatest variety we have  ever had in our department[:]  five hundred barles of potatoes[,] five hundred barles ionions[,] dried beef salt fish[,] Apples, peaches, and a great many other things[.]  the diserters are coming in very fast[;] there has been over one thousand come in here since we have been here[…]
From your
John


See whole letter: 1864-03-31_Bradford_combined

Citation: March 31, 1864. John P. Bradford Papers  1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 7]

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – March 30, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-march-30-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-march-30-1864/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:00:09 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14488 Clear, pleasant and a very beautiful day. Usual routine of duties. Nothing remarkable [tra…] Escorting prisoners & patrolling[.]


Citation:  March 30, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“A Garrison of 400 Men made Prisoners–Outposts to be Abandoned” and “News Items”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/a-garrison-of-400-men-made-prisoners-outposts-to-be-abandoned-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-march-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/a-garrison-of-400-men-made-prisoners-outposts-to-be-abandoned-and-news-items-the-stillwater-messenger-march-29-1864/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14485

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“Soda Fountain Scene” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9csoda-fountain-scene%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9csoda-fountain-scene%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:30:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14416 “Soda Fountain Scene”

A photograph of a Minneapolis drugstore soda fountain on March 26, 1950.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer.

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – March 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-%e2%80%93-march-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-%e2%80%93-march-28-1864/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14480 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin is convalescing at the United States Marine Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. From March 25 through the 28 Marvin has been writing conclusions in the blank spaces of his diary. On March 28 he writes: “Weather Lowery snow & Rain[.] {No. 4} Conclusions[.] Reading in the Morning papers containing conflicting statements & asertions that I know to be false[.] The memory seems to be over charged[.] I will stop reading them so mutch & watch for the result of the conclusion[.] Will agrue the point with some one for fun[.] MaM[.]” Marvin has frequently been taking day trips away from the hospital, possibly indicating improvements to his health. On March 16 he wrote: “Walter Scott & I went to call Woods Museum[*] whare we wer well pleased with the adventure[.]  the Zoalaugdon […] come wondermont[.] it was 90 ft long[.] there was a great variety of Birds[,] Snakes[,] Fish[,] Animals[,] Emiges [images] from Egypt[,] Indian relicks sume from late battle fields[.] Weather pleasant[.]”

*See here for more information about Col. J. H. Wood’s museum, and its famous “Zeuglodon” whale.

See week’s worth of entries: 1864-03-28_Marvin_combined

Citation:  March 15-March 30, 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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American Indian Collections Outreach http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/american-indian-collections-outreach/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/american-indian-collections-outreach/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:25:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14444 Our very own Ben Gessner, Associate for American Indian and Fine Arts Collections, is the featured member on Connecting to Collections. He shares details about his work with American Indian material culture and the importance of working with the community. The full interview is great and can be read on the Connecting to Collections web site.

Top left: Dave Louis and Myrna Weston-Louis explain Dakota quillwork techniques and oral traditions at the 2012 “Legacy of Survival Event” in Flandreau, South Dakota.

Top right: A traditional camp was also erected in the community of Flandreau for the 2012 event. In addition to these grounds being used for lacrosse camps, outdoor feasts were held here.

Middle left: Melvin Houston conducts research at the grand opening of the Santee Nation Research Center.

Middle right: MNHS partnered with the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska in 2013 to bring historic material culture to the community for Dakota Recognition Days.

Bottom left: Wacantkiya Win visits the MNHS digital scanning project in Flandreau in 2012. MNHS Collections staff Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Sondra Reierson are scanning Dakota community members’ family photographs and documents.

Bottom right: Corbin Shoots The Enemy explains some of the local history and archaeological sites along the Missouri River in Crow Creek, South Dakota.

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Fiddle-Bow Bill postcard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/fiddle-bow-bill-postcard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/fiddle-bow-bill-postcard/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:30:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14414 Fiddle-Bow Bill postcard

A Fiddle-Bow Bill and His Dew Valley Acorns postcard promoting their appearance at the Midway Garden sometime in the 1950s.

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“Plots to Assassinate or Kidnap President Lincoln,” and “The Spring Campaign,” Saint Paul Daily Press – March 27, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/plots-to-assassinate-or-kidnap-president-lincoln-and-the-spring-campaign-saint-paul-daily-press-march-27-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/plots-to-assassinate-or-kidnap-president-lincoln-and-the-spring-campaign-saint-paul-daily-press-march-27-1864/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:00:04 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14430

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Mug used by Ann Bancroft http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/mug-used-by-ann-bancroft/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/mug-used-by-ann-bancroft/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:30:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14412 Mug used by Ann Bancroft

An Outdoor Research stainless-steel mug used by Ann Bancroft on the 2000-2001 Bancroft-Arnesen Expedition to Antarctica.

See more Ann Bancroft related materials in Collections Online.

See Ann Bancroft related works in the MNHS Library Collection.

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

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“The President’s Proclamation: The Draft to Take Place in April,” “State Military Items,” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester City Post – March 26, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/the-presidents-proclamation-the-draft-to-take-place-in-april-state-military-items-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-march-26-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/the-presidents-proclamation-the-draft-to-take-place-in-april-state-military-items-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-march-26-1864/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:00:23 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14427

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Letter from Thomas Christie to his father regarding efforts to save a bridge – March 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-father-regarding-efforts-to-save-a-bridge-march-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/letter-from-thomas-christie-to-his-father-regarding-efforts-to-save-a-bridge-march-25-1864/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:39:03 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14422 Letter from Thomas Christie, at Big Black River Bridge, to his father, James, telling of the Rebel attempts to destroy the Union’s pontoon bridge and the Union efforts to save it.
Partial transcription of the letter:

Big Black River Bridge, Mch 25, 1864.
My Dear Father,
The cavalry of the enemy are within four miles of us[...] Yesterday the rebels launched into the river above us a lot of beams fastened together crosswise, trees, and rubbish, in order to carry away our pontoon bridge. The water is high and the current strong. The great mass came down like a raft, and lodged mgainst [against] the anchor-ropes and the boats; they sank almost under the water. Our pioneers were not strong enough to clear the bridge, and disaster seemed sure. Capt Bedford, the Adjutant General of our Division called on the Captain for a detail of men to help; and some fifty of us ran down. It was hard work to save the bridge; but by dint of much chopping, and praying, and hauling, and rather vigorous talk, we finally set all the trees &c afloat below the pontoons. Then we got buckets, and emptied the boats of water; they had been nearly swamped. The rebels are very active doing all they can to annoy us. Our fellows only wish they would come across and give us a chance at them; or that we might be ordered to go and drive them off ! But I tell the new men not to be too anxious to get into a fight; that before Shiloh we used to talk as they do, but never after. Still, I feel that these new fellows are men to be relied on, when the time comes. […]
from Yours ever,
T.D.C


Citation: March 25, 1864, Letter from Thomas Christie to his brother, Alexander, Christie, Thomas D. and Family. Letters (transcribed) Dec. 6 1863-May 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box 41]

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Dual-barreled .40 caliber rifle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/dual-barreled-40-caliber-rifle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/dual-barreled-40-caliber-rifle/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:30:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14410 Dual-barreled .40 caliber rifle

Double-barrel .40 caliber center-fire sporting rifle. The rifle has been altered by, or possibly made entirely by Carlos Gove in Denver, Colorado. It has a straight walnut stock that is checkered at the wrist and has an iron buttplate and a raised cheek rest on the left side. One barrel is octagon-to-round, the other is round and has a walnut fore end attached with two screws at octagonal brass escutcheons. The rear sights have been removed from both barrels, and a later peep sight added on the frame tang. Both barrels have German silver blades in front.

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Minnesota Model A sewing machine http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/minnesota-model-a-sewing-machine/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/minnesota-model-a-sewing-machine/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:30:56 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14408 Minnesota Model A sewing machine

A close-up photograph of a Minnesota Model A treadle sewing machine marketed by Sears Roebuck. Model A machines were manufactured between 1900-1930 by a variety of manufacturers including Davis, Domestic and White. This sewing machine is mounted on a solid oak, automatic drop desk cabinet. The machine has an enameled black head with gilt scroll ornaments including “Minnesota A”.

For additional photographs, more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this sewing machine in our collections database.

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“Treatment of Our Prisoners,” and “Rebel Plan to Abduct President Lincoln,” St. Cloud Democrat – March 24, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/treatment-of-our-prisoners-and-rebel-plan-to-abduct-president-lincoln-st-cloud-democrat-march-24-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/treatment-of-our-prisoners-and-rebel-plan-to-abduct-president-lincoln-st-cloud-democrat-march-24-1864/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:00:13 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14401

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“Proclamation by the Governor,” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester Republican – March 23, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/proclamation-by-the-governor-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-republican-march-23-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/proclamation-by-the-governor-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-republican-march-23-1864/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14398

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“A Call for More Troops” and “Three Groans for St. Paul”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 22, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/a-call-for-more-troops-and-three-groans-for-st-paul-the-stillwater-messenger-march-22-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/a-call-for-more-troops-and-three-groans-for-st-paul-the-stillwater-messenger-march-22-1864/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:00:51 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14395

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“Stuck in a Coke machine” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cstuck-in-a-coke-machine%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cstuck-in-a-coke-machine%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:30:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14372 “Stuck in a Coke machine”

Workmen cutting open a Coke vending machine after a boy gets his hand stuck.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on May 20, 1948.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – March 21, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-march-21-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-march-21-1864/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:00:41 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14404 Cloudy and very cool[.]
Disembarked early in the morning, and moved to our camp.
All day was spent in removing all the property of the Regiment up to camp owing to the mud.
In the evening we procured wedge tents for the men and wall tents for the officers and pitched them, just after so doing, a heavy rain set in which kept up during the night.
We occupy the old camp of the 1st Louisiana[.]
About 10 or 15 Regiments are stationed at this post[,] mostly colored.
Gen. Andrews in command.


Citation:  March 21, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“Transformations” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/transformations/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/transformations/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:30:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14370

A lithograph of overlapping leaves made by Eugene Larkin in 1978.

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Diary entry of First Lieut. Myron Shepard of the Minnesota 1st and Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother regarding re-enlisting – March 20, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entry-of-shepard-on-returning-to-duty-after-furlough/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entry-of-shepard-on-returning-to-duty-after-furlough/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14389 Diary entry of First Lieut. Myron Shepard, of the Minnesota 1st, his furlough having expired, returns via St. Paul to Ft. Snelling:

SUNDAY, March 20th, 1864
Cold and windy very cold. Call up Williams and get my things from there & say good byes. Go to church (Pres) a.m. Go to Nelson’s for dinner. Then load up and I ride to St. Paul p.m. Peter Hall also rides over. Stop at International. Find Several officers there, The 4th Minnesota Vol.s come home and are welcomed at International by a speech and supper[.]

Citation: March 20, 1864 Diary entry by Myron Shepard, Diary, 1864. Volume 3. Myron Shepard Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P231]

Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota  to his mother about arriving at Fort after rough 3 day ride, the changes to the Fort, and requests for the regiment to re-enlist.

Fort Snelling Minn
Sunday March 20th 1864
Dear Mother
After rather a rough ride of three day’s we arrived at the old fort, which is a changed place, we stoped at [Min…ska] Lake City and Hastings on the [ro…]. We have had very poor treatment since we came here, no quarters nor rations for us, owing I suppose to the negligence of our officers, for they have been down to St. Paul on a spree ever since we hav been here. The Governor and the Comdg. officer of this Fort –A.D. Nellson – are trying evry way to get the Regt. to reenlist, but it’s no “go”[.]  The fort has not changed so much as the ground around the fort, that has all been built up with quarters for the recruits and to acomidate troops that are quarterd in the state or coming home. You must not expect much of a letter from me this time.
Much love to brother Orren & I remain your son,
Cl. Goddard

Citation: March 20, 1864, Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother, Correspondence 1863-1929. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

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Display Briefs http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/display-briefs/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/display-briefs/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:30:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14368 Display Briefs

Light yellow women’s brief-style underpants with a self-lined crotch, cuffs at leg openings, and an elastic waistband. Intended for display only and not to be sold or worn by a person. Made by Munsingwear Incorporated, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1960.

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“An Important Order,” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester City Post – March 19, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/an-important-order-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-march-19-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/an-important-order-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-march-19-1864/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14384

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WPA Chest http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/wpa-chest/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/wpa-chest/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:30:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14366 WPA Chest

Stencil painted and stained wooden chest with two hinged lids. Floral paintings at top corners of each side panel consist of stenciled green leaves and blue flowers with yellow centers. There are also stencil paintings of floral/filigree at each lid outside corner as well as two identical stencil paintings in blues, greens and yellows on front and back. These consist of two couples, in folk costume, dancing between flowers. Negative space is used in each to imply shape. Made for the Works Progress Administration / Federal Art Project St. Paul Handicraft Project, circa 1935 – 1942.

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“Interesting Report by Col. Streight,” and “Proclimation by the Governor,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 18, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/interesting-report-by-col-streight-and-proclimation-by-the-governor-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-18-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/interesting-report-by-col-streight-and-proclimation-by-the-governor-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-18-1864/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:00:32 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14361

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St. Paddy’s Day in St. Paul http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/st-paddys-day-in-st-paul/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/st-paddys-day-in-st-paul/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:30:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14364 St. Paddy's Day in St. Paul

A photograph of the 1978 St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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“From the Army of the Cumberland,” and “Late News,” St. Cloud Democrat – March 17, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/from-the-army-of-the-cumberland-and-late-news-st-cloud-democrat-march-17-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/from-the-army-of-the-cumberland-and-late-news-st-cloud-democrat-march-17-1864/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:00:12 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14358

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“General Headquarters State of Minnesota,” and “Telegraphic News,” Goodhue Volunteer – March 16, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/general-headquarters-state-of-minnesota-and-telegraphic-news-goodhue-volunteer-march-16-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/general-headquarters-state-of-minnesota-and-telegraphic-news-goodhue-volunteer-march-16-1864/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:00:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14355

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“Stillwater Ready for the Draft” and “The Draft: Minnesota in Account with the United States Debtor”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 15, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/stillwater-ready-for-the-draft-and-the-draft-minnesota-in-account-with-the-united-states-debtor-the-stillwater-messenger-march-15-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/stillwater-ready-for-the-draft-and-the-draft-minnesota-in-account-with-the-united-states-debtor-the-stillwater-messenger-march-15-1864/#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14352

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“Melting Ice Palace” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cmelting-ice-palace%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cmelting-ice-palace%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:30:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14316 “Melting Ice Palace”

The 1947 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace melting during warm weather, January 27, 1947.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on January 27, 1947.

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – March 14, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-%e2%80%93-march-14-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entries-by-matthew-marvin-%e2%80%93-march-14-1864/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:00:08 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14348 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin is convalescing at the United States Marine Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. On March 14 he writes: “Was paid to day by Maj[.]  Hagt. Sherman[.] Recd check for 20[.]00[.] Weather pleasant Snow[.]“ Marvin spent March 1-7 at home, after being granted a short leave, where he spent most of his time with family and visiting friends and neighbors. Luckily, the travel has not worsened his injury, since on March 4 he mentions, “[…]Mother & I maid a shoe that I can wear on my foot which appears to be gaining slowly[.]”

See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-03-14_Marvin_combined

Citation:  February 24-March 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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New Library Exhibit – Native American Beadwork in the MNHS’ Collections http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/new-library-exhibit-native-american-beadwork-in-the-mnhs%e2%80%99-collections/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/new-library-exhibit-native-american-beadwork-in-the-mnhs%e2%80%99-collections/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:10:10 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14376 Come see the new Library Lobby exhibit on Native America beadwork, open the same hours as the Library.

Minnesota Historical Society is the repository for approximately 9,000 ethnographic objects of Native American origin. These objects include everything from basketry and ceramics to clothing and pipes, and span two and a half centuries. Perhaps 1,000 of those objects are embellished with beads; necklaces, leggings, sashes, shirts, pipe bags, watch fobs, feather bonnets, and things made for sale to the tourist trade are all represented in the Society’s collection, as are objects from every corner of the U.S. and Canada. Due to MNHS’ mission to specifically collect objects that are meaningful to the history of the state of Minnesota, the overwhelming majority of these items come from the immediate area. As a reflection of this regional depth, most of the Native beadwork in our collection falls into either the Plains (for example, Dakota, Lakota, Cheyenne) or Woodland (Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, Cree) category.

This small exhibit draws specifically from MNHS’ collection of Native American beadwork. It is organized chronologically, beginning with the vitrine to the left when facing the glass doors to the Gale Family Library, and continuing in a clockwise fashion around the library registration desk. Within this exhibit one can explore pre-contact precursors to indigenous beadwork; different techniques used in beadwork; a glimpse of the wide variety of cultural styles in Native beadwork across the U.S. and Canada; how beaded objects functioned in the changing 19th century Native economy; and the modern resurgence of Native American beadwork.

More information can be found on these objects at Minnesota Historical Society’s collections website:

www.mnhs.org/collections

This exhibit will be on view until the end of April.

Leah Bowe
Collections Associate, NAGPRA


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“Magnet” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/magnet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/magnet/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:30:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14314

A very large oil painting on canvas made by Michael Kareken in 2009.

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Letter from Thomas Christie, stationed in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to his sister, Sarah, reporting on an incident with an officer – March 13, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/letter-from-thomas-christie-stationed-in-vicksburg-mississippi-to-his-sister-sarah-reporting-on-an-incident-with-an-officer-march-13-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/letter-from-thomas-christie-stationed-in-vicksburg-mississippi-to-his-sister-sarah-reporting-on-an-incident-with-an-officer-march-13-1864/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:00:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14343 Partial transcription of the letter:

Vicksburg, March 13th 1864
My Dear Sister:
[…]A little incident occurred this evening that I must tell you of: We were out in the park playing Quoits[*], Dave[,] [Derryn] and I being playing against Dan Wright and his partner. All of us more deeply engrossed in the game, and were “playing,” as the boys say, “for all in sight.” Dave had just thrown a “good shoe,” and it was now the turn of Dan’s partner: All our heads were bent down over the “hub,” to see the effect of the throw, when down came the shoe, square on to the h peg, -a “Ringer.” On seeing this, Dan sent up a shout of exultation at the success of his partner, and unfortunately, at the same instant, Gen. Chambers, the commander of the 3rd Brigade, was riding swiftly by, coming from town, and, as our officers generally are after being in town, he was about 3 sheets in the wind as Mother says. On hearing the shout, he was fool enough to think someone was making fun of him, as he is very unpopular in his own Brigade, and immediately he reined in his horse, rode up to where we were standing, and dismounting with difficulty, walked up to me, and took me by the shoulder, saying, “I’ll learn you to holler at me, come along sir.” I saw at once the mistake he had made in first supposing that the shout was intended by for him, and secondly, in thinking that I did it. So pointing to the “ringer” still lying on the hub, I said, “General, you are mistaken, there is the cause of the shout you heard.” One of the boys spoke up and said that I was not the one who had made the noise, whereupon he turned to me and asked me if such was the case, saying that he saw me “holler”. I told him then that it was not I who shouted, and reiterated the assurance that no disrespect was intended by it. This he would not believe, and asked me who was the offender, which I refused to answer, and he was threatening punishment if I still continued obstinate, when Dan stepped up and owned to the act, giving the reason for it. I had got my “dander” up, and would not have told who was the supposed culprit if he had put me in the Guard house for a month. “Come along you, sir” the drunken fool, (it is too bad to use such language about so high an officer, but it would be perfectly applicable if he had been a private,) said to Dan, wherupon, Dan demanded to be taken before the Captain, which Chambers acceding to, away they went, and I run my head in the lion’s mouth by going too, to bear testimony in Dan’s favor.  It was needed, to, for after the General had preferred his charges, in which he implicated me pretty deeply for aiding and abetting, the Captain turned to me and sternly demanded our reason for the insult. He believed our explanation, and told the General that it was customary for our boys to make a noise when playing, but Chambers would not believe but what it was intended for him, and after abusing the artillery generally and us in particular, threatening Clayton with punishment if Dan were not punished, and screaming he would shoot the next man who should shout at him, he went off. Isn’t it melancholy to think of this drunken bully having command of thousands of men, the meanest of whom is more of a gentleman than him. All our starred Officers however, are not like him. […]
Love to all, and believe me, Yours, Thomas D. Christie


See entire letter here: 1864-03-13_Chrisite_combined

*For definition of quoits, see diary entry of Matthew Marvin from April 20, 1863.

Citation: March 13, 1864, Letter from Thomas Christie to his sister, Sarah, Civil War correspondence and miscellaneous papers, Jan-June 1864 . James C. Christie and Family Papers, 1823-1849. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281 box 1]

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Dakota Pouch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/dakota-pouch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/dakota-pouch/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:30:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14312 Dakota Pouch

Flat pouch beaded with a geometric pattern of red, white, light blue, dark blue, pink, gold, yellow and green beads lazy-stitched with sinew. Two United States flags are shown in beadwork at the top of one side. The bag was presented to the donor by Dakota of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, in 1912.

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

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“Letter from High Private,” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester City Post – March 12, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/letter-from-high-private-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-march-12-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/letter-from-high-private-and-news-of-our-own-state-rochester-city-post-march-12-1864/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:00:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14340

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“Thunderbolt” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cthunderbolt%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cthunderbolt%e2%80%9d/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:30:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14310 “Thunderbolt”

A P-47 Thunderbolt outside a March 26, 1944 Air Expo in Minneapolis.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on March 26, 1944.

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“The Disaster in Florida,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 11, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/the-disaster-in-florida-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-11-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/the-disaster-in-florida-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-11-1864/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:00:45 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14337

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Filming at Mickey’s http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/filming-at-mickeys/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/filming-at-mickeys/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:30:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14308 Filming at Mickey's

On this day, March 10th, in 1983 the St. Paul institution Mickey’s Diner was accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places.

This photograph from 1960 shows the Reid Ray Film Industries filming a scene from “Cash on the Barrelhead” at Mickey’s Diner. The actor William Bendix is seen at the center.

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Letter from William Christie , stationed in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to his father, James Christie, reporting on two expeditions and on some activity of Generals Sherman and Leggit – March 10, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/letter-from-william-christie-stationed-in-vicksburg-mississippi-to-his-father-james-christie-reporting-on-two-expeditions-and-on-some-activity-of-generals-sherman-and-leggit-march-10-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/letter-from-william-christie-stationed-in-vicksburg-mississippi-to-his-father-james-christie-reporting-on-two-expeditions-and-on-some-activity-of-generals-sherman-and-leggit-march-10-1864/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14333 Partial transcription of the letter:

Vicksburg, March 10, 1864.
My Dear Father,
[…] Another expedition is now being fitted up, this time for the Red River. […]But now again we have six guns, having turned over our old James rifles and obtained 4 Rodman guns, new, neat, and handy. They are better than the others, especially at long distances, doing good shooting at 6,500 yards. The expedition to Meridian did immense damage to the enemy. Cattle, mules, horses, and many negroes were brought in. At Canton 21 locomotives were destroyed. The soldiers tell us that they saw Generals Sherman and Leggett, with coats off, and sledge-hammer in hand, working like the privates; and laughing heartily when they succeeded in punching a hole through a boiler or smashing a flange off from a wheel!
Your loving son,
W.G.C.


Citation: March 10, 1864, Letter from William Christie to his father James, Civil War correspondence, May 1863-February 1864. James C. Christie and Family Papers, 1823-1849. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1282 box 41]

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“Mr. Lincoln on the Presidency,” and “Rebel Perplexities,” Rochester Republican – March 9, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/mr-lincoln-on-the-presidency-and-rebel-perplexities-rochester-republican-march-9-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/mr-lincoln-on-the-presidency-and-rebel-perplexities-rochester-republican-march-9-1864/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 15:00:28 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14328
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“Important to Volunteers — The Time for Paying Bounties Extended till the 1st of April–The Draft”, and “Republican Union Convention”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 8, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/important-to-volunteers-the-time-for-paying-bounties-extended-till-the-1st-of-april-the-draft-and-republican-union-convention-the-stillwater-messenger-march-8-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/important-to-volunteers-the-time-for-paying-bounties-extended-till-the-1st-of-april-the-draft-and-republican-union-convention-the-stillwater-messenger-march-8-1864/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:00:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14325

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“Motorcycle in the snow” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cmotorcycle-in-the-snow/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cmotorcycle-in-the-snow/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:30:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14273 “Motorcycle in the snow

An Indian motorcycle covered in snow during a late March snowstorm in Minneapolis.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on March 24, 1937.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – March 7, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-march-7-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-march-7-1864/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:00:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14321 Pleasant weather.
Witnessed the pay rolls.
All the troops were paid today. Co. B were paid in the forenoon. I received $53.37 for ½ month pay. Over $300 turned over to me to give to absentees.
I visited the hospital and disbursed over $100 to the sick. Numbers of the boys have given their money in my care for safe keeping. Sergt. Wood visited us. Lt. More & myself had our negative pictures taken for photographs.
Signing & witnessed the [pre…] pay rolls.
Made a requisition for 2, […], stores drawn in February.


Citation:  March 7, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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HHH Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/hhh-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/hhh-button/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:30:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14271 HHH Button

Hubert H. Humphrey and Edmund Muskie presidential and vice presidential campaign button. Circa 1968.

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“Important from Rebeldom,” and “Execution of Streeter: The Medina Murderer,” Saint Paul Daily Press – March 6, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/important-from-rebeldom-and-execution-of-streeter-the-medina-murderer-saint-paul-daily-press-march-6-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/important-from-rebeldom-and-execution-of-streeter-the-medina-murderer-saint-paul-daily-press-march-6-1864/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:00:46 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14303

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Copper Bookends http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/copper-bookends/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/copper-bookends/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:30:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14268 Copper Bookends

Copper bookends made by the Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis, MN. Circa 1905-1918.

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“Officers for Colored Regiments,” “Southern Congress Adjourned,” and “The News,” Rochester City Post – March 5, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/officers-for-colored-regiments-southern-congress-adjourned-and-the-news-rochester-city-post-march-5-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/officers-for-colored-regiments-southern-congress-adjourned-and-the-news-rochester-city-post-march-5-1864/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:00:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14300

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“Downtown Fire” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cdowntown-fire/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/%e2%80%9cdowntown-fire/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:30:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14266 “Downtown Fire

Scene of a fire at the Snyder Drug Store at 8th and Hennepin in downtown Minneapolis on March 1, 1947.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on March 1, 1947.

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“The Basis of the Draft,” and “The Fourth Regiment: Its Record for the Year 1863,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 4, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/the-basis-of-the-draft-and-the-fourth-regiment-its-record-for-the-year-1863-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-4-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/the-basis-of-the-draft-and-the-fourth-regiment-its-record-for-the-year-1863-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-march-4-1864/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14294

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Schuetzen Rifle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/schuetzen-rifle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/schuetzen-rifle/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:30:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14264 Schuetzen Rifle

Single shot percussion Schuetzen rifle. A Schuetzen rifle is a single-shot target rifle commonly used by competition shooters from 1875 to 1945. This rifle has a heavy octagonal steel barrel and walnut half stock decorated with brass nails and checkering at the wrist, an inlaid brass dog, and a carved fore end cap. It also has an elaborate locking system, a double-set trigger, and a Swiss style butt plate. Made by Bachner Brothers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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“The Coming Draft,” and “From the Army of the Cumberland,” St. Cloud Democrat – March 3, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/the-coming-draft-and-from-the-army-of-the-cumberland-st-cloud-democrat-march-3-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/the-coming-draft-and-from-the-army-of-the-cumberland-st-cloud-democrat-march-3-1864/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14291

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“News of our own State,” “The Draft,” and “City and Country,” Rochester Republican – March 2, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/news-of-our-own-state-the-draft-and-city-and-country-rochester-republican-march-2-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/news-of-our-own-state-the-draft-and-city-and-country-rochester-republican-march-2-1864/#comments Sun, 02 Mar 2014 15:00:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14288

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“Political” and “The Enrollment Act as Amended”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 1, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/political-and-the-enrollment-act-as-amended-the-stillwater-messenger-march-1-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/03/political-and-the-enrollment-act-as-amended-the-stillwater-messenger-march-1-1864/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:00:21 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14285

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LEAP DAY BONUS EDITION – Reception for the 2nd Minnesota Regiment at the Winslow Hotel – February 29, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/bonus-post-reception-for-the-2nd-minnesota-regiment-at-the-winslow-hotel-%e2%80%93-february-29-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/bonus-post-reception-for-the-2nd-minnesota-regiment-at-the-winslow-hotel-%e2%80%93-february-29-1864/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:00:31 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14259
This is a bonus post: 1864 was a leap year, whereas 2014 is not. – ed.

The 2nd Minnesota Regiment’s original term of service expired around Christmas of 1863 and about eighty percent of the soldiers reenlisted. They were rewarded with a thirty day furlough at the end of January, 1864. On February 29, 1864 the 2nd Minnesota reassembled at Fort Snelling. In addition to about three hundred returning veterans, approximately one hundred fifty new recruits were in attendance. In the afternoon the group marched to St. Anthony for a grand reception and ball in their honor at the Winslow House. The party lasted all night, ending in the morning with a hot breakfast and a march back to the fort.

Photographs of the Winslow House, the first luxury hotel on the riverfront overlooking St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. The five story limestone hotel opened in 1857 and closed during the Civil War for lack of guests. It was eventually torn down in 1886.

For more information on the 2nd Minnesota, see the article “The Second Minnesota in the West” in Minnesota History vol. 38, issue 6.

For more views of the Winslow House, see Collections Online.

Citations:
Winslow Hotel, St. Anthony, photoprint. MH5.9 MP3.1W r135. Minnesota Historical Society.
Winslow House, St. Anthony, photoprint. MH5.9 MP3.1W r25. Minnesota Historical Society.

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“The News,” and “Letter from “High Private,” Rochester City Post – February 27, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/the-news-and-letter-from-high-private-rochester-city-post-february-27-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/the-news-and-letter-from-high-private-rochester-city-post-february-27-1864/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:00:26 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14256

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“Fishing and Schmidts” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/%e2%80%9cfishing-and-schmidts%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/%e2%80%9cfishing-and-schmidts%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:30:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14201 “Fishing and Schmidts”

A staged photo of a woman in a fishing boat with a large walleye and a 6-pack of Schmidt City Club beer, May 15, 1950.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on May 15, 1950.

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“The Situation,” “The Relief of Soldiers,” and “Latest News, by Telegraph,” Saint Paul Daily Press – February 28, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/the-situation-the-relief-of-soldiers-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-saint-paul-daily-press-february-28-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/the-situation-the-relief-of-soldiers-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-saint-paul-daily-press-february-28-1864/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:11:49 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14275

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Stickpins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/stickpins/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/stickpins/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:30:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14199 Stickpins

Two stickpins with twisted silver and pink wire flowers made between 1900 and 1950.

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Harriet Pope http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/harriet-pope/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/harriet-pope/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:30:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14197 Harriet Pope

A tintype portrait of Harriet DePuy Pope made around 1870.

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“The Conscription Act,” and “Latest News by Telegraph,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – February 26, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/the-conscription-act-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-february-26-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/the-conscription-act-and-latest-news-by-telegraph-saint-paul-pioneer-and-democrat-february-26-1864/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:00:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14253

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Shopping Basket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/shopping-basket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/shopping-basket/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:30:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14195 Shopping Basket

Shopping basket woven from three colors of recycled plastic carton straps (green, yellow, black) with two loop handles for carrying. Made by Thong Toua Yang of St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1993.

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Letter from James Woodbury of the 9th Minnesota Infantry, Company C, to his wife, Amanda – February 25, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/letter-from-james-woodbury-of-the-9th-minnesota-infantry-company-c-to-his-wife-amanda-%e2%80%93-february-25-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/letter-from-james-woodbury-of-the-9th-minnesota-infantry-company-c-to-his-wife-amanda-%e2%80%93-february-25-1864/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:00:57 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14249 Partial transcription of the letter:

In Camp at Black Water Creek, Mo.  Feb. 25th 1864.
Dear Wife,
[…] yesterday Jim [Ganner] Nate Palmeter and I went out a hunting[.] we went about ten miles. I should think we shot one rabbit one squirrel and one quail[.] we got pretty tired by the time we got back to camp. We would have gone out again to day but Jim was on poliesce so we could not go. We live a bout as poor as we ever did[.] there has been a good many meales that we have not had any thing but coffee and hard tack to eat. the boys are getting out timber for the bridge[.] [T]here is ten or more of the boys detailed for that.  [….]
[…page 2] Next monday we muster for pay again then we will have four months pay due us 52 Dollars and we will be likely to get it soon. […]
[…page 4] but my sheet is full so I must stop so good bye dearest. from your ever true and loving husband
J.M. Woodbury


See entire letter here: 1864-02-25_Woodbury_combined

Citation:  February 25, 1864 Letter from James N. Woodbury to Amanda, letters to Amanda Woodbury, March 1863-May 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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“Death of Slavery,” and “Union Convention in Louisiana,” Goodhue Volunteer – February 24, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/death-of-slavery-and-goodhue-volunteer-february-24-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/death-of-slavery-and-goodhue-volunteer-february-24-1864/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:44:03 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14216

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“North Country Lake” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/north-country-lake/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/north-country-lake/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:30:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14193

A lithograph on paper showing a Northern Minnesota landscape made by Adolf Dehn in 1949.

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“Reception of Company B, First Minnesota,” and “News Items,” Stillwater Messenger -February 23, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/reception-of-company-b-first-minnesota-and-news-items-stillwater-messenger-february-23-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/reception-of-company-b-first-minnesota-and-news-items-stillwater-messenger-february-23-1864/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:00:49 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14243

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – February 22, 1864 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-february-22-1864/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2014/02/diary-entry-by-thomas-montgomery-of-the-7th-minnesota-regiment-company-k-written-from-st-louis-missouri-%e2%80%93-february-22-1864/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:00:48 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=14211 Montgomery was born in Ireland and by 1856 had moved with his family through Canada to settle in LeSeur County, Minnesota. When the war began, Thomas joined a local militia and then enlisted with the 7th Minnesota in 1862.

Weather beautiful and warm.
Lieut More officer of Police.
Made out a requisition for 30 pairs of sewed shoes, and drew them from the R. Q. M. and issued some to the men. Drilling with and without arms, Dan Keeling taken to Hospital. Lewis Wancedier Geo[rge] Floyd returned for duty
Lieut More went out to the city and bought valise, sash, straps, hat and shoes.
Dress parade at 5 PM with colors. Numerous Spectators from the City.
Attended officers school at Reg Hd. Qrs. Samuel Jackson gave me $100 for safe keeping for his family at interest[.]


Citation:  February 22, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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