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“Bad News from Shenandoah Valley” and”From Sherman’s Army”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – July 28, 1864

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Diary entry by James N. Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., who has been taken captive by rebels and is being held at Andersonville Prison, Georgia– July 27, 1864

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

“Cloudy and Hot[.] camp full of roomers[.] the after noon it clouds up and looks like rain[.] rains a little in the evening[.]” Woodbury himself was taken to the hospital the previous day, and his diary is now in the possession of Nathan Palmer, another Union captive at Andersonville Prison, who is continuing the entries.

Citation:  July 27, 1864 James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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Letter from surgeon Ebenezer Mattocks to his sister – July 26, 1864

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written near Waterford, Mississippi, giving details of his work as a surgeon and the treatment of “rebel families”.

Partial transcript:

…The next morning our artillary came up and we commenced shelling them-and prepared to cross and “go” for them five companies went …in a boat and I went with them as surgeon  we succeeded in driving the enemy- with but three wounded—Almost every day since we have had fighting in our front but our regiment has not been engaged- Yesterday our forces killed and wounded nearly 50 rebels…I love this kind of life- am perfectly happy when there is fighting to be done- I have been ordered by the medical Director in our next battle to act as brigade surgeon- in the field- that is I am the only surgeon in our brigade who is to accompany the brigade into battle- the other surgeons are to remain back two miles…[my] duties are to staunch the bleeding wounds-see them loaded, and send them back to the rear.  I stand no better chance now than the rest of the officers and men- but yet I hope I woun’t get killed…I give you an idea of how the soldiers use Rebel families.  I will give you an instance- when we came here there was a large house near by- with a large family- with a great many little children- our soldiers stole every thing there was in the house- even to their clothes- knives & forks & now we must feed them or they would starve- Such outrages ought not to be  tolerated- sometimes my heart bleeds for the people rebels though they are…

See whole letter here: 1864-07-26_brewer

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Quartermaster’s map of Atlanta, Georgia – July 25, 1864

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Street map of Atlanta, Georgia printed on cotton fabric.  The map includes streets, railroad lines, waterways, and an index to twenty building locations.  Across the bottom is: “Drawn and printed at Top’l.  Engr. Office, Hed. Qrs. A.C., in the field, July 25th, 1864.”  The signature of “W.G. LeDuc” is in black ink in the upper left.  The map was used during the Civil War by Brigadier General William Gates LeDuc of Minnesota, who served in the quartermaster’s department throughout the war.

See it in Collections Online.

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“Glorious News from Sherman”, “From Washington”, and “Story of Rebel Deserter”, The Saint Paul Press – July 24, 1864

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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“The News” and “The Third Draft”, The Rochester City Post – July 23, 1864

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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“Second Minnesota”, “Sherman’s Movement Against Atlanta”, and The War in Virginia”, The Saing Paul Pioneer and Democrat – July 22, 1864

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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“Latest News by Telegraph”, “State News” and “From the Fourth Regiment”, The St. Cloud Democrat – July 21, 1864

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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“Sherman” and “500,000 More”, The Goodhue Volunteer – July 20, 1864

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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“Recruiting in Insurgent States” and “Doings of the Late Congress”, The Stillwater Messenger – July 19, 1864

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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