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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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J.R. Beatty

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

J.R. Beatty

An interesting photo card that shows a small photo of Captain J.R. Beatty of the 2nd Minnesota as well as a physical description, circa 1863.

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Rocking Chair

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Rocking Chair

Rocking chair made of wood, possibly oak. The chair has curved arms supported by stiles, a floral machine-carved crest rail above a cane back, and a wood seat with a perforated five-point star motif. The front legs and stretcher are turned while the back legs are saber. The chair is probably from a cabin built by the Freeman family between 1862 and 1863 on Birch Lake in White Bear township, Minnesota.

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Log cabin silk quilt

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Log cabin silk quilt

Log cabin quilt in Barn Raising pattern. Pieced blocks of multicolored printed silks, woven stripes and plaids, brocades and woven grosgrain ribbons. Black silk center squares. Gray silk binding. Backing is a brown and gray striped dress silk. Hand pieced and hand sewn, circa 1860.

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Darby handcuffs

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Darby handcuffs

This pair of Darby-style iron handcuffs was found in a slave pen in Williamsburg, Virginia during the Civil War. The handcuffs are a fixed size and were probably made in the United States by the Providence Tool Company. The Darby handcuff became obsolete after adjustable handcuffs were invented in 1862.

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Map of Gettysburg battlefield

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Map of Gettysburg battlefield

Color map on paper of the Gettysburg battlefield as it appeared on July 1 – 3, 1863.  The map was drawn by John B. Bachelder and lithographed by Endicott & Company Lithography of New York in 1863. A color-coded legend associates the rectangles arranged on the map with the Union and Confederate companies present on each of the battle’s three days. The signature of Union General George Meade follows the statement, “I am perfectly satisfied with the accuracy with which the topography is delineated [and] the position of the troops laid down.”

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John Risedorph

Friday, March 15th, 2013

John Risedorph

Photograph of John Risedorph of the 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company E, taken circa 1865. Risedorph began his military service as a private and rose to the rank of sergeant.

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Civil War doctor’s medicine case

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Civil War doctor's medicine case

Leather medicine case used by Javan B. Irvine during the Civil War. The case is stamped “Physician’s Pocket Companion” and contains twenty-one glass bottles with corks. Irvine enlisted with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on April 29, 1861, and fought in the First Battle of Bull Run. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Thirteenth United States Infantry in 1861.

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Child’s dress

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Child's dress

Child’s size 2 printed cotton dress with a star and dot print made and worn during the 1860s. The dress has a plain bodice with a square, wide neckline, ruffled cap sleeves and a back button closure. The full skirt is gathered at the waist and the bodice is lined in white cotton. This was the first short dress worn by Genevieve Ives Schwarg of Dodge Center, Minnesota, a teacher and librarian active in the women’s suffrage movement.

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1860s washing machine

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

1860s washing machine

Mechanical washing machine used as a demonstration model by salesman Nickolas Wanes of Rice Lake, Wisconsin during the 1860s.

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