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Colt Model 1860 US Army revolver

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

A Colt Model 1860 United States Army .44 caliber, six-shot revolver. It belonged to John B. Sanborn. The revolver has a round barrel, walnut grips, a wheel-engraved Navy scene on the round cylinder, brass mountings and a blade sight. Manufactured by Colt’s Manufacturing Company in New York.

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Whig’s Defeat Pattern Quilt

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

A pieced, appliqué and reverse appliqué cotton quilt in Whig’s Defeat pattern. The quilt consists of 12 solid red and yellow blocks with rounded corners set on point with plain blocks between. Quilted with a one inch grid throughout except for a decorative horn of plenty design in the center of each plain block. Ink or pencil guidelines for quilting are still visible on each horn of plenty. Background, binding and backing fabrics are the same green cotton. All fabrics used are plain weave cotton with a glazed finish. Entirely hand stitched. Reportedly made by M J Hover of Allen County, Ohio, circa 1860.

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Gun Case

Monday, October 20th, 2014

A beaded Dakota hide gun case has a geometric pattern at the top with fringe below. The body of the case depicts two antlered animals. The bottom is fringed with metal tinkles interspersed. The case bears a white sticker with “McBrien” written on it. The case was collected by Colonel John G. Clark of the 50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Fort Rice in Dakota Territory during the US-Dakota War, circa 1865-6.

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1st MN

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

A photograph of the officers and field staff from the 1st Minnesota Volunteers standing outside the commandant’s quarters at Fort Snelling in May of 1861.

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Morrison Family

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

A double 1/9th plate Daguerreotype photograph of Russell and Fanny Morrison made in the 1860s.

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Little Rock

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

On this day, September 10th in 1863 during the Civil War, the Third Minnesota Regiment is involved in the Battle of Bayou Fourche, sometimes called the Battle of Little Rock. This painting made by Stanley Arthurs commemorates this event. While the painting is normally on view in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Minnesota State Capitol, the Capitol is currently undergoing renovations.

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First State Capitol

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this Carte de Visite showing the first Minnesota State Capitol in 1865. The Carte de Visite was a wildly successful photographic medium because it used a negative/paper print process which made it possible to make cheap multiples from a single negative. A glass negative is made, sometimes with several images of the same subject on it, and then is used to make a paper albumen print which is mounted on a card.

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Sam Bloomer

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this tintype portrait of Samuel Bloomer, member of Company B of the First Minnesota. The tintype was a popular photographic method in the 1860s and 70s because it was fast to make, much cheaper than a daguerreotype and was relatively durable. The process was similar to the ambrotype, but instead of glass, the image is made on a black lacquered piece of iron.

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Densmore Family

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this ambrotype double portrait of the Densmore family, circa 1863. The ambrotype process is an off-shoot of the wet-plate collodion process where a positive image is made on glass then viewed against a black background.

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Confederate flag captured by the Fourth MN

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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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