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Alexander Ramsey

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

A Civil War era tintype photograph of Alexander Ramsey (front left) seated with Major Baxter (front right), Lt. Benjamin F. Butler (back left), William B. McGrorty (back center), and an unidentified man (back right). 1863
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What is that? A pleating iron!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

A pleating iron made in Geneva, Illinois in the 1860s. Pleating or fluting irons were used during the nineteenth century to press permanent, decorative pleats into cloth.

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General’s Spurs

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

A pair of United States Army spurs worn during the Civil War by General Charles Powell Adams of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Adams was mustered into service on April 30, 1861, and elected Captain of Company H. General Adams was wounded many times during the course of the war; at Bull Run, Antietam, Malvern Hill, and at Gettysburg, where he served as lieutenant colonel and was hit at least three times. Adams re-enlisted in Hatch’s Battalion of Independent Cavalry and was mustered out of service on June 5, 1866, and was given a promotion to brevet brigadier general for meritorious service.

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G.A.R. Flag

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

A Civil War era G.A.R. flag. Made of silk with 38 stars, crossed cannons and a G.A.R. medal.

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Sharp Shooter

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

A Spencer .52 caliber repeating carbine with a walnut stock, iron mountings, and a round barrel with an elevating notched rear sight and a German silver blade front sight. The carbine was used during the Civil War by Captain Mahlon Black of the 2nd Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters. Black’s unit, after serving in the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the first day of the Battle of Fair Oaks. In 1865, after being formally mustered out, Black re-enlisted and was transferred to the 1st Minnesota Battalion.

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Corps Badge

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

A Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac shamrock or trefoil-shaped corps badge composed of machine-sewn red, white, and blue cotton thread. The badge belonged to Albert Smith Davis, who served in the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

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Collapsible Cup

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

A nickel-plated brass collapsible cup with a folding handle and a lidded leather case. The cup belonged to John B. Sanborn, a Minnesota State Senator and member of the Indian Peace Commission. He was also president of the Minnesota Historical Society in 1903.

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Compass

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A compass carried by William R. Marshall of the 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and the Civil War. Marshall would later be elected Governor of Minnesota.

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View of Fort Snelling

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

A carte-de-visite photograph showing Fort Snelling and the Minnesota River valley in 1865.

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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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