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“Victory: Another Grneat Battle Near Nashville” and “Sherman”, The Saint Paul Press – December 18, 1864

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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US Army Cartridge Box – December 17, 1864

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

United States Army leather cartridge box with two adjustable straps, an implement pouch and a tin insert.  The box is stamped “US” on the flap and with a U.S. Ordnance Department stamp on the underside.   It was used by Private Frederick D. Carson, LL.D., of the 5th Wisconsin Regiment, Company H.  This box was reportedly issued only to the 1st Division, 6th Army Corps during the winter of 1864-1865 in front of Petersburg, Virginia.

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“Sherman’s Raid” and “Particulars of the Late Movement of Ge. Foster”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat- December 16, 1864

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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“Latest News”, Saint Cloud Democrat – December 15, 1864

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Letter to James Madison Bowler from his Uncle James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, reporting on the death of the uncle’s wife – December 14, 1864

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Letter to James Madison Bowler from his Uncle James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, reporting on the death of the uncle’s wife, and commenting on the progress of the war effort.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Bangor Dec. 14 1864
My Dear Nephew,
I have to communicate to you the painful and to me heart rending intelligence of the death of my very dear, dear Wife[.] She died 29th day of November[.] I cannot describe to you my own feelings in this most severe affliction. […] The [s…pt] of yours of Sept. 13th was very gratifying to me particularly to hear that your health was improving and that during your years of hard service in the defense of our much loved country  you have escaped any serious accident while so many brave fellows have fallen on the battle field or from sickness caused by exposure in our armys[.] I hope your life will be spared to see and enjoy the rich blessing of a Union firmer and Stronger than ever before. The greatest battle during the war has been fought and a most glorious victory won in our late National election without the shedding of blood it was a terrible blow to the rebellion and foreign Nations understand fully the position of the people in relation to this war. It is of no used for me to say anything about the progress of the Union cause for you know as much as I[,] we have not known but little of Gen Shermans movements except what we get through rebel sources but one thing we are very sure of that whatever he has undertaken will be accomplished[.] the rebels have known and will know more to their great damage[.] next we shall probably hear from Gen Grand. The rebellion may live another year and perhaps longer but we have plenty of men yet and no matter if it takes five years longer to save this Union it must and will be done[.]
Very truly yours J.H. Bowler


See entire letter here: 1864-12-14_Bowler_combined

Citation: December 14, 1864, Letter to James Madison Bowler from his uncle James H. Bowler, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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“The President’s Message”, and “Minnesota’s Contribution to the Army”, The Stillwater Messenger- December 13, 1864

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – December 12, 1864

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Very Cold morning. Relieved by Lt. Johnson[.] Lt Roberts goes on Grand Guard. At work on my Company Qrs. Put up the Rafters, but could do no more for want of material[.] Send a letter to mother also my photograph[.] Exchanged one with Lt Kreps, Sherrin, Sproenle Butler & [.]

Citation: December 12, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, describing the “colored reg’t.” – December 11, 1864

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, describing the “colored reg’t.” and the company feelings towards an officer.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.,
Dec. 11th, 1864.
Dear Lizzie:
[…] In one of your letters you inquire about my colored Regt. We have four companies full, with full complement of officers, a Lieut Col., Adjutant, and quartermaster; and a fifth company nearly full. […] Gen Steel has been relieved from the command of this Dept. by Maj. Gen. Reynolds. Our Division Commander Gen. Salomon tried to get the Regts of his division to raise $50. a piece to purchase a sword for Gen. Steele. The officers of this Regt. held a meeting, and passed resalutions not to give a cent for such a purpose. He has not done right by us, and we are willing he should know it. Give my love to all, and give Birdie a kiss for her papa.
Ever yours,
Madison


See entire letter here: 1864-12-11_Bowler_Combined

Citation: December 11, 1864, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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7th Minnesota Campaign Chest – December 10, 1864

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Campaign chest made during the Civil War in Memphis, Tennessee by an African American for Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, Assistant Surgeon with the 7th Minnesota Infantry Regiment.  The thick wooden trunk has dovetailed corners and metal strips for reinforcement.

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Thomas and Bellamy

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

A tintype photograph of Hiram Thomas and Jared Bellamy in Civil War (?) uniforms. 1863.

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