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“Grant”, “Sheridan” and “From New Orleans”, The Saint Paul Press – November 13, 1864

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Clear beautiful day. Drew shoes and drawers for my company & issued them. Nothing unusual transpiring. Traded with Div. Comy. 3 lbs. tea. @ $1.05 for 90 bls peas. Had dress Parade. Visited by St. Harrison[.] Attended Officer School[.]


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

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“The Elections” and “From Missouri”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – November 11, 1864

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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“Lincoln Re-Elected!” and “Rebel Account of the Capture of the Albermarle and Capture of Plymouth”, The Saint Cloud Democrat – November 10, 1864

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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“The Election”, Rochester Republican – November 9, 1864

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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“Union Men”, Who Go for McClellan?” and “Soldiers Voting”, The Stillwater Messenger – November 8, 1864

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – November 7, 1864

Friday, November 7th, 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 November 7 he writes, “Add & I went to Steam boat road Harden City Coal Beds & Eldora[.] Saw. Beautiful Timber Oak[,] Hickory[,] Elm[,] Walnut[,] Sugar Maple[.] Saw Splended farming land[.] Got some Pine cones[.] Was at Mineral point[,] the place of diging Gold is near the coal mines[.] Had a very pleasant trip[.] Weather pleasant[.] Bugey 20 Miles”


See week’s worth of entries here: 1864-11-07_Marvin_combined

Citation: November 2 – 9, 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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“Latest News by Telegraph”, “From Nashville” and “From St. Louis”, The Saint Paul Press – November 6, 1864

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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Letter from Mattocks, surgeon in MN Seventh, to his sister describing condition and the weight of his position – November 5, 1864

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from a lookout Station in Missouri describing marching conditions and the weight of his position.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Lookout Station MO
Nov 5th 1864

My Dear Sister
[…] Having completed our campaign we are now on our way back. I expect if nothing happens we will be in Jefferson City tomorrow morning. Our last three days have been spent marching part of the time in a blinding storm, and part of the time in eight inches of snow – which makes very pleasant marching. As far as I am concerned I do not feel like grumbling, when I see the men walking through the snow, some with bad shoes, and some with little better than no shoes as all. Little do you know at home what soldiers have to undergo, what hardships and [p…ations] they suffer. It sometimes makes my heart bleed to see them. I feel more and more the responsibilities that devolve upon me as surgeon of a regiment. […] Even the colonel has no right to dictate to me or intefere with me in my duties. If I say that twenty men shall be left in at a certain place, or shall be excused from all duties he has no right to change my orders, nor does he try to do it, yet I always make it a point to consult his wishes at all times. […]

See the entire letter here: 1864-11-05_Brewer_combined

Citation: November 5, 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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“Our Army Correspondence” and “From Memphis”, The Saint Paul Pioneer and Democrat – November 4, 1864

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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