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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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“Miscellaneous Reading,” and “Telegraphic News,” Goodhue Volunteer – April 13, 1864

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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“A Diabolical Plot,” and “News Items,” Stillwater Messenger – April 12, 1864

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – April 11, 1864

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Clear and pleasant[.] a little warm.
I took a patrol and searched the camp of the 6th Mich Battery Co. D. By order of Provost Marshall for whiskey. Found a keg of whiskey, a box of schnapps and 2 […] of whiskey[.] Got some reading matter from Christian Commissin[.] Drew Rations for 11 men. Patroled & arrested 2 men & sent them to the G. House. 21st Ind. Veterans returning to duty. Cavalry returning from telegraph Expedition. [Re…sed].


Citation:  April 11, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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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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