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“The Draft,” “The Third Minnesota” and “News of Our Own State,” Rochester City Post – April 23, 1864

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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“The Coming Campaign,” and “Grant and Rosecrans,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 22, 1864

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Letter from Charles Goddard, of the 1st Minnesota, at Fort Snelling to his mother about his upcoming discharge and the hunt for a deserter – April 21, 1864

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Partial transcription of the letter:

Fort Sneling Minn
April 21. 64

Dear Mother
I have thought that I would not write again before I  was discharged, but if I am discharged the 29[th] I do not think I could start home before next Monday  – 2nd of May. I should not be much surprised if we are detained here some four or five days. the officers are all the time away and do not attend their business[.] consequently where we come to be discharged the Rools [rules] of Clothing will not be correct and will detain us some time[.]
[…] The authorities here wer hunting after a deserter from the regular army and arrested George Cole but soon found out there mistake, George was frightened […the] they come to take him out. the one they wer after was Walter Wentworth the Johney Reb that Harrington conducted through the city of Winona, he is a pretty hard case and if the stories they tell of him are true he will stand a very good chance of getting shot. he told me yesterday that he expected to be shot. It seems he joined the 11th U.S. Infantry and deserted and went to Chicago where he was in a billiard salloon one day when an officer steped up to him and said “I arrest you”[.] Wentworth replied that he would not be arrested and drawing a revolver fired at the officer hitting him on his [corss bung] and did not [hush] him much – when the officer fired at him[,] taking him through the shoulder.
E. Goddard


See entire letter here: 1864-04-21_Smith_combined res

Citation: April 21, 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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“The Battle Of Fitzhugh Woods: Gallant Conduct of the Minnesota Third,” Goodhue Volunteer – April 20, 1864

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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“News Items,” and “Army Radicallism,” Stillwater Messenger – April 19, 1864

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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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

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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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“The Amendment to the Constitution Prohibiting Slavery Adopted by the Senate,” and “Latest News By Telegraph,” Saint Paul Press – April 17, 1864

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Letter from James N. Woodbury to his wife Amanda telling of life in camp – April 16, 1864

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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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“The Rebel Army Drawing Supplies from the United States,” and “Fifth Regiment,” Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – April 15, 1864

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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“The News,” and “From the Army of the Cumberland,” St. Cloud Democrat – April 14, 1864

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs