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“An Act for the Relief of Soldiers’ Families” and “The Draft”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – March 30, 1865

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Letter from Thomas Christie to his brother telling of foraging successes and rebel encounters – March 28, 1865

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

In a lengthy letter from Thomas Christie, located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, to his brother David Christie, telling of his foraging successes and encounters with the Rebels.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Goldsboro, N.C. March 28th 1865
My dear Brother Dave:
[…] For the past 75 miles of our march I have been on regular detail as commanding the six mounted foragers of the Battery whose duty it is to supply the Company – 150 men – with food, as we draw nothing from the Gove. In that capacity I meet with a good many adventures and there is not a day that I did not ride 35 or 40 miles. […] We had gone perhaps a mile from the house and had separated to look for mules when I saw a Rebel coming towards me, mounted. He did not see me at first, but came along very leisurely over the plantation road on which we were, the distance being about a quarter of a mile. My man was not in sight but I knew that audacity would often win where numbers would fail, so unslinging my Breech-loading Carbine, (which, by the way, I captured in Columbia) and putting spurs to my horse, I dashed on Mr. Johnny with a true Yankee yell. He saw me, wheeled his horse, and ran as if a Regt was at his keels. While I was getting over a bad ditch in the field my comrade came in sight, and we both set out in pursuit. In front of us, a mile distant, lay the swamp, and as it was merely a plantation road we were on, I knew that we would have him there. On we rushed, yelling like Indians, the Rebel keeping his distance with hat off and long hair flying in the wind, and at every jump spurring his horse with the point of his naked Bowie knife. It was the most exciting steeple chase you ever heard of […] The Rebel disappeared at the end of the road and when we dashed up, there was his horse standing in the swamp, while he was, in all likelihood, up to the waist in water in the depth of the cypresses. We could not find him, and returned to our mule hunting with his splendid horse, saddle, and Blankets as trophies. […]
Write soon again and think sometimes of your
Loving Brother Thos. D. Christie

See entire letter here: 1865-03-28_Christie_combined

Citation:  March 28, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]

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USS Minnesota in the Civil War and Beyond

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Any idea how many ships have borne the name USS Minnesota? Learn about the ship, its role in the Civil War, and where you can see ship artifacts from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections.

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“The Reported Capture of Goldsboro Confirmed”, “From Washington” and “The English Opinion of the War”, The Saint Paul Press – March 26, 1865

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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US Navy officer’s Model 1852 sword and scabbard – March 25, 1865

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

United States Navy officer’s Model 1852 sword and scabbard.  The etched sword has a slightly curved, single-edged steel blade and a gilt cast brass Phrygian helmet type hilt with a dolphin head. The grips are covered with fish skin and bound with brass wire. The leather scabbard has brass fittings and is engraved: “Presented / to / 1st Apot. Engineer / G.M.B. BENNETT USN / by / Chas W. Morse / & / W.D.C. Boggs / March 25th 1865″.

Citation: March 25, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society collections, (PUID 9030.A,B)

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“Delayed Dispatches” and “From Washington”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – March 24, 1865

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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“News Items” and “A Proclamation”, The Wabasha County Herald – March 23, 1865

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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“The News” and “The Eighth Minnesota”, The Stillwater Messenger – March 21, 1865

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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“Latest News by Telegraph” and “Rebel Barbarities”, The Saint Paul Press – March 19, 1865

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – March 18, 1865

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Clear, mild and lovely day. Relieved by Capt. Hudson and made my report. Received a letter from Father and mother & one from Mrs. Libbelts. St. Peter Land Office Sent a letter to Bro. Alex. Lieut Roberts returned to duty in the compy. from S.D. Copied several orders into the Co. Order Book.

Citation: March 18, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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