A percussion rifle of about .54 caliber. The rifle’s buttstock reads “Jas Bishop 17 LA RED C” [17th Louisiana Regiment, Company C]. The rifle was retrieved from the Civil War battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi, by General John B. Sanborn of the Fourth Minnesota Infantry Regiment while his division performed garrison duty after the surrender. The rifle is half-stocked in walnut, has engraved nickel-silver mountings, an octagonal barrel, and the original ramrod tipped with brass. Made by Henry E. Leman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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Silk ribbon commemorating the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Center of ribbon features a black and white drawing of Lincoln, with the words “THE LATE / Lamented / President / Lincoln” written below. Written at the top are the dates of Lincoln’s death, as well as a quote.
Citation: April 18, 1865. Minnesota Historical Society collections [PUID 1985.142.4].
A letter to Sergeant Thomas Christie of the First Minnesota Battery from Minnesota Governor Stephen Miller, responding to an April 12 letter regarding a piece of captured artillery – April 17, 1865Friday, April 17th, 2015
A letter to Sergeant Thomas Christie of the First Minnesota Battery from Minnesota Governor Stephen Miller, responding to an April 12 letter regarding a piece of captured artillery.
A transcription of the letter:
State of Minnesota
Saint Paul, April 17, 1865
Sergeant Thomas D. Christie,
Clyman, Dodge Co, Minn
My Dear sir,
Your favor of the 12th instant just received informing me that a Blakely gun forwarded as a present to the State, by the 1st Minn Battery, has been deposited at Baltimore, where it remains for want of means to pay the freight. The Company has done its state of the work very nobly, and I will very cheerfully [ap…] the transportation on behalf of the State. I will order it home and will place it with other trophies in the State Arsenal, with an inscription engraved upon it, commemorating the gallant company, whose signal services during the campaigns of Gen’l Sherman have reflected honor upon the State of Minnesota.
Very Respfy Yours
Citation: April 17, 1865. Letter from Governor Stephen Miller to Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]
Cloudy. Heavy rain. Relieved Capt MCoy as Reg. Of. of Day. Visited the Boat “Adams” saw the Com. Sub. Capt. Howard & received $50.00 & paid it over to Capt. Laughlin & Whitford & received their receipts. $158.64 still due.
Citation: April 15, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1865. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]
Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, reporting from his Little Rock, Arkansas location and commenting on the good news for the Union forces at Richmond – April 14, 1865Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Lizzie, reporting from his Little Rock, Arkansas location and commenting on the good news for the Union forces at Richmond.
A partial transcription of the letter:
Little Rock, Ark
April 14th, 1865.
[…] We have received the glorious news of the capture of Richmond and of General Lee and his army. Also a rumor of the capture of Johnston and his army. There has been great rejoicing here. Yesterday and day before two hundred guns were fired in honor of our success. Last night there was an illumination in Little Rock, accompanied with bonfires, rockets, noise, and bad whisky. The war is virtually to an end. Peace must soon follow. What a grand, glorious result of four years of strife! The joy is exceeded only by my gratitude to God who has vouchsafed our national safety and about ended our sacrifices of blood. […]
Ever Your Loving,
See entire letter here: 1865-04-16_BowlerPDF
Citation: April 14, 1865. Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]
A letter from Thomas Christie to MN Governor Miller reporting on a piece of artillery – April 12, 1865Sunday, April 12th, 2015
A letter from Thomas D. Christie, Sergeant First Minnesota Battery, to Minnesota Governor Stephen Miller reporting on the piece of artillery which was a gift from Capt. Clayton of the First Minnesota to the State of Minnesota, and how it was acquired.
A partial transcription of the letter:
Clyman, Dodge Co. Wis
April 12, 1865
Governor Stephen H. Miller
I am a Sergeant of the First Minnesota Battery, now at home on Veteran furlough, and write to tell you that I brought to Baltimore, Md, a piece of Artillery which was given into the charge of Sergt. Gordon and myself to take home and present to you as a gift from Capt. Clayton of our Battery to the State of Minnesota. We got the trophy as far as Baltimore without much trouble, but could get it no further without paying for it, transportation ourselves, which could hardly be expected of us in view of the fact that our pay is now 8 months in arrears. […] When our Army Corps captured Cheraw S.C. on the 3rd. […] we found […] a park of 27 pieces of Artillery which the Enemy had been unable to get off. […] all of them except three were rendered useless and thrown into the Peedee. One of these three is the piece I left at Baltimore. Capt. Clayton obtained permission from Maj. Genl. Blair to bring it along from Cheraw, in order that it might be presented to the State of Minnesota as a trophy of Sherman’s Carolina Campaign[…] It is a Blakely, of three & a half inch caliber, and made in Liverpool in 1862 – a very interesting specimen of British neutrality, I assure you. […]
I remain, with respect
Your obt. Servt.
Thos. D. Christie
Sergt 1st Minn. Battery
See the entire letter here: 1865-04-12_Christie_combined
Citation: April 12, 1865. Letter from Thomas Christie. James C. Christie and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1281, box B]