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letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie – October 13, 1864

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from the Steamer Shamrock on the Missouri River, telling of a long march and of the trip on the Steamer.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Steamer Shamrock
Missouri River Oct 13th 1864
Dear Sister Nellie[,]
[…] Where was I when last I wrote you I do not know[,] I think it was in Arkansas. Just as we were to leave on another march. That march has at last been made, and a long one it was. We marched from Brownsville Ark to Cap[e] Girardeau MO a distance of three hundred and ten miles – in ninteen days without stopping – one of the longest marches on record[.] We expected when we left to meet Price and fight him, but he got the [stare] of us and left for Missouri – so all we could do was to follow him up[.] […]
Your aff brother
B Mattocks

See entire letter here: 1864-10-14_Mattocks_combine_res

Citation: October 13, 1864. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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“A Democratic Major General on Parties and the War” and “How the Democratic Generals are for McClellan”, The Rochester Republican – October 12, 1864

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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“The News” and “General Headquarters, State of Minnesota”, The Stillwater Messenger – October 11, 1864

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Cool & foggy morning[.] Up late, & Had Breakfast. A Beautiful day. Regt. at work on our new camp and after lumber Chaplain paid me $16.50 he owed me for mess &c. Bought History of United States (Quackenbos) from chaplain 75. Sold my 1st Lieuts. Shoulder straps to Lieut Parvin Co B $3.


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

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“The Victory at Alatoona Grows Better”, “Grant” and “The Army Vote”, The Saint Paul Press – October 9, 1864

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 8, 1864

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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 October 8 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.] Helped [H…] wash dishes and scrub the floor[.]”  On October 6 he wrote, “Was out boat riding[.] picked a bushel of grapes[.] collected many rare specimens of Ston[.] Weather pleasant[.]”.

Citation: October 5 – 8, 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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“More Heavy Fighting Near Richmond”, “From Louisville” and “Official Dispatches”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – October 7, 1864

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth – October 6, 1864

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, written while he was in the hospital, describing his time there and the condition of the 3rd Regiment.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.,
October 6th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
Nothing to do but sit about in the Hospital and read; so I will while away an hour in writing to you. Guess you will get tired reading so many letters from me, especially as I have nothing interesting to write about. I am gaining strength every day – think I shall be able for duty soon. All the Minnesotians, but Major Webster and myself, have left the hospital, having been ordered to Memphis. It seems quite lonely since they left. Major Webster has been down with Rheumatism. I think he will resign. […] I shall not stay away from you one minute longer than I am obliged to after an honorable peace shall be declared. I do have a great desire to serve until that event shall occur. I heard from Pine Bluff yesterday. The 3rd Regt is suffering terribly. It has but fifteen or twenty men for duty. Lt. Liljegren of Co. “D” is dead. Surgeon Smith, the Medical Director of the Department, has made application to have the Regt. ordered to some healthier locality. I expect the order will be made soon. […]
Lots of kisses to you and Birdie.
Truly, your husband,
Madison

See whole letter here: 1864-10-06 Bowler_combo res

Citation: October 6, 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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Two fragments of rebel battle flags – October 5, 1864

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Two fragments of rebel battle flags of the 35th and 39th Mississippi Confederate Regiments.  They were captured by the 4th Minnesota Regiment in Allatoona, Georgia, October 5, 1864.

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“The News” and “Who Commenced the War?”, The Stillwater Messenger – October 4, 1864

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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