Letter from James Woodbury of the 9th Minnesota Infantry, Company C, to his wife, Amanda – February 25, 1864Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Partial transcription of the letter:
In Camp at Black Water Creek, Mo. Feb. 25th 1864.
[…] yesterday Jim [Ganner] Nate Palmeter and I went out a hunting[.] we went about ten miles. I should think we shot one rabbit one squirrel and one quail[.] we got pretty tired by the time we got back to camp. We would have gone out again to day but Jim was on poliesce so we could not go. We live a bout as poor as we ever did[.] there has been a good many meales that we have not had any thing but coffee and hard tack to eat. the boys are getting out timber for the bridge[.] [T]here is ten or more of the boys detailed for that. [….]
[…page 2] Next monday we muster for pay again then we will have four months pay due us 52 Dollars and we will be likely to get it soon. […]
[…page 4] but my sheet is full so I must stop so good bye dearest. from your ever true and loving husband
See entire letter here: 1864-02-25_Woodbury_combined
Citation: February 25, 1864 Letter from James N. Woodbury to Amanda, letters to Amanda Woodbury, March 1863-May 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]
Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota Regiment, Company K, written from St. Louis, Missouri – February 22, 1864Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Montgomery was born in Ireland and by 1856 had moved with his family through Canada to settle in LeSeur County, Minnesota. When the war began, Thomas joined a local militia and then enlisted with the 7th Minnesota in 1862.
Weather beautiful and warm.
Lieut More officer of Police.
Made out a requisition for 30 pairs of sewed shoes, and drew them from the R. Q. M. and issued some to the men. Drilling with and without arms, Dan Keeling taken to Hospital. Lewis Wancedier Geo[rge] Floyd returned for duty
Lieut More went out to the city and bought valise, sash, straps, hat and shoes.
Dress parade at 5 PM with colors. Numerous Spectators from the City.
Attended officers school at Reg Hd. Qrs. Samuel Jackson gave me $100 for safe keeping for his family at interest[.]
Citation: February 22, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]
Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin is convalescing at the United States Marine Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He has been receiving several letters recently, and on February 21 he writes: “Wrote L.G. & TJT & Rhoda[.] Weather pleasant[.]” His wound continues to cause him pain and the heaters in his ward of the hospital had been malfunctioning, causing even more unpleasant conditions. On February 23 he describes a general inspection and explains, “he asked wat is the matter & went to the next & sckiped [skipped] some[…] I guess I allow that it is very unpleasant to lay all nite & listen to the moaning of a comrade in misery as was the case last nite”.
See week’s worth of entries: 1864-02-21_Marvin_combined
Citation: February 12 – February 23, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]