United States Army Staff and Field Officer’s non-regulation Model 1850 sword (.A) and scabbard (.B). The etched sword, made by “W. Clauberg / Solingen” has a slightly curved, single-edged blade and a half-basket type brass hilt with silver grips wrapped with brass wire. The etched, browned steel scabbard has gilt brass fittings. The set was presented on November 24, 1864, to Colonel Ozora Pierson Stearns by the enlisted men of the 39th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment.
Cloudy and wet during last night. Regimental Officer of the day. Rel. Capt. Hudson[.] Reading Modern History. Have read Ancient & Middle (Wellards)[.] Received a letter from home from Father Mother & Bros 2.6, and wrote one to Bro Jal. C. Cold night[.] Drew Rations for my Co. and made Reports[.]
Citation: November 21, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]
Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On November 19 he writes, “Packed my Trunk[.] ready for a start home[.] Weather pleasant[.] Wrote to Jim Edgerton[,] Ditto, Pt b s t u k[.]”
Citation: November 18 – 21, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]