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Confederate Rifle

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

A percussion rifle of about .54 caliber. The rifle’s buttstock reads “Jas Bishop 17 LA RED C” [17th Louisiana Regiment, Company C]. The rifle was retrieved from the Civil War battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi, by General John B. Sanborn of the Fourth Minnesota Infantry Regiment while his division performed garrison duty after the surrender. The rifle is half-stocked in walnut, has engraved nickel-silver mountings, an octagonal barrel, and the original ramrod tipped with brass. Made by Henry E. Leman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Abraham Lincoln ribbon

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

April 15, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He was shot on April 14th by John Wilkes Booth while attending the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre.

This ribbon commemorates this event and features features a black and white image of Lincoln, with the words “THE LATE / Lamented / President / Lincoln” printed below.

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150th Anniversary of Appomattox

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

April 9, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House, the final engagement of the Civil War in Virginia. It was also the last battle fought between Gen. Robert E. Lee and Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Lee signed surrender papers later that afternoon at the home of Wilmer McLean.

This first day issue broadside and pane of Civil War Centennial stamps commemorates Lee’s surrender of his Army of Northern Virginia. They were gifted to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1965 by the stamp’s designer, Leonard Fellman.

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Day Dress

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

A striped silk day dress with ikat floral panels, ball fringe trim and mille fleur glass buttons. Completely hand-stitched. Worn by Frances Hanson Ordway, circa 1859-1862.

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Civil War Scale

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

A collapsible physician’s scale in a wooden case. The scale was collected from a medical school in Mobile, Alabama after the Battle of Mobile Bay (a major naval engagement of the Civil War) in August of 1864. The rectangular case has brass clasps and pin latches on its front. Oval and rectangular brass plates are screwed into place on its top, and two brass hinges attach to its back. The case holds a variety of brass weighing instruments, including balances, scales, weights, and bowls.

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1st MN Insignia

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A service insignia for a United States Army Officer’s Modal 1858 uniform hat worn by William H. Dike during the Civil War. Dike was elected Captain of Company G of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment and when the regiment was mustered on April 29, 1861, he was appointed to the rank of major. After serving at the First Battle of Bull Run in July, Dike resigned his commission on October 22, 1861, and returned to Faribault, Minnesota.

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Brigadier General’s Shoulder Straps

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Pair of United States Army brigadier general’s shoulder strap rank insignias used during the Civil War. Each strap is embroidered in bullion with a silver five-point star within a gold border on velvet backing with cloth ties. Collected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sibley House Association.

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Civil War Corps Badge

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Trefoil-shaped badge representing the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac with a trefoil-shaped cut-out and two stick-pin points soldered to the back. The badge belonged to Albert Smith Davis, who served in the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

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Thomas and Bellamy

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

A tintype photograph of Hiram Thomas and Jared Bellamy in Civil War (?) uniforms. 1863.

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US Army brigadier general’s uniform frock coat

Monday, December 8th, 2014

United States Army brigadier general’s double-breasted wool flannel frock coat. It was worn during the Civil War by Brigadier General William Gates LeDuc, who served in the quartermaster’s department throughout the war. The coat has quilted cotton lining, a velvet faced collar and cuffs, brigadier general’s shoulder straps, and gilded brass General Staff buttons.

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