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Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany while a Confederate prisoner-of-war to his wife about his continued hope of a prisoner exchange – September 17, 1864

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war in Charleston, South Carolina, to his wife  about his continued hope of a prisoner exchange.
A partial transcription of the letter:

C.S.A Prison Charleston S.C.
Sept. 17th 1864
My Dear wife,
[…] I am in my usual good health; we expect now very soon to be exchanged no doubt I think. Hope keeps the spirits up. Scarcety of paper makes me take this sheet, on the other piece of which a very pretty song is written, which I have crossed out. I have no money so you see cant spend any[.] get paper the best way I can, very often through the generosity of others. When I come to Min. I will tell you now, what I would like to see on the table at every meal, a bountiful pile of Min Pottatoes. never in my life did I want them so anxiously.[…] wrote you two letters from Macon[.] I wonder if they ever reached you. How do you get along? When did the wood give out I cut for you? are you all well? If we get off from here in the next ten days, may meet a letter from you. This kind of way of earning money I do not like although quite good pay and may think yet deliver me[.] Be of good cheer my dear Lizzie, always that is like me you know[,] look on the bright side. God bless you all & may our little family circle be kept entire[.] When will Mrs Baxter ever find out about the death of her husband? My good wishes to all[.]
A W Tiffany

Citation: September 17, 1864. Letter from Allen White Tiffany. Lieutenant A. W. Tiffany letters. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2776]

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“The Latest by Telegraph”, McClellan’s Acceptance”, and “From Tennessee”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – September 16, 1864

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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“The End of the Rebellion Near at Hand”, “From the Fourth Regiment,” and “Little Mac Not Heard Of”, St. Cloud Democrat – September 15, 1864

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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“McClellan and Dixie”, “Letter From Gen. Grant,” and “From Gen. Sully”, The Rochester Republican – September 14, 1864

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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“The News”, “Gen. Grant’s view of the Situation”, and “From Washington”, The Stillwater Messenger – September 13, 1864

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – September 12, 1864

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment  who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now at his family’s home in St. Charles, Illinois. On September 12 he writes simply, “Weather Rain.” On the 14th Marvin will start on a tip to Iowa. He writes: “Packed up and started for Ioway[.] JJ gave me two tickets to Dubuque[.] Boat left at 4 Pm[.] 40 miles[...]“

Citation: September 7-14, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, on staying in the Armyand the upcoming presidential election – September 11, 1864

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth,  giving his thoughts on why he feel he must stay in the Army, and commenting on the Union Ticket in the upcoming presidential election.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 11th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
[…] I wish very much to see you and be with you. I can hardly express how greatly I desire it. But at the same, it has been my intention all along to remain in the army until the end of this war. I cannot disregard your expressed wish in a matter of such right and reason on your part, yet I do not wish to be compelled to leave the army until I can see fully and clearly that we have a country in which we can live in peace and security – an undivided country and a good government. Without these I would not live in the country – I should leave it, sure. I think a few months hence will give us much light. If the copperhead ticket should be successful, the country I fear would be ruined. If the Union ticket shall succeed, and Abraham Lincoln, or any other good union man shall be elected president, the rebels will then see no hope. Besides I think the two great campaigns in Georgia and Virginia must come to some definite result before many months. At Atlanta the armies are in such position that a day may decide the result. It may take weeks or months longer to decide in Virginia. But should we be successful in beating these two great armies before election, there would be literally no opposition to the re-election of the Union ticket and no doubt about the safety of the government need to be feared. I am surprised that you should ask me how I intend to vote. You ought to know me better than that by this time. Do you think I am in earnest in staying in the army or just in fun? I shall vote the Union ticket if I live and am permitted to vote at all. Any person – kin or former friend – who shall vote for the nominee of the Chicago convention, I shall regard with contempt, as much my enemy as an armed rebel! […]
Ever your loving hubbie,

See the entire letter here: 1864-09-11_Bowler_combined res

Citation: September 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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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K – September 10, 1864

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Clear and warm[.] Fell rather unwell all day long, but find great consolation in Reading the Religious Literature furnished by the Blessed Christian Comm. Wrote some letters for the boys. Drew and issued a large amount of clothing to the company. $300 worth. Cannon target practice all evening.

Citation: September 10, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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Little Rock

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

On this day, September 10th in 1863 during the Civil War, the Third Minnesota Regiment is involved in the Battle of Bayou Fourche, sometimes called the Battle of Little Rock. This painting made by Stanley Arthurs commemorates this event. While the painting is normally on view in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Minnesota State Capitol, the Capitol is currently undergoing renovations.

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“The Latest by Telegraph”; “From Sheridan’s Army”, and “From Cincinnati”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat- September 9, 1864

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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