William Henry Shaw Diary, 1864
Diary (April-July) of Shaw’s Civil War service with the Second Battery of Minnesota Light Artillery near Chattanooga, Tennessee, noting battles and skirmishes, weather, marches, and the countryside.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (A/-S537w).
Lyman Warren Ayer Papers, 1862-1864
Letters (1862-1864), research notes (1961), and biographical information on the son of Minnesota missionaries Frederick and Elizabeth Taylor Ayer, who worked variously as a teacher, fur trader, and timber cruiser, and who was a veteran of the Second Battery of Minnesota Light Artillery during the Civil War. The four Civil War letters (1862-1864) were written to his wife and parents from Nashville and Chattanooga describing his life in the camps, his opinions of the morals displayed in them, his efforts to obtain a commission to raise a four-gun battery in Minnesota, Southern forces, missionary work among Southern Blacks, and advice to his wife on her education and musical progress.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2146).
William A. Spaulding Civil War Diaries, 1861-1865
Three pocket diaries with brief entries describing Spaulding’s enlistment and service in the Second Minnesota Light Artillery Battery during the Civil War. Accompanied by typed transcripts of the diaries and genealogical and biographical information.
Francis S. Flint and Family Papers, 1855-1881
Correspondence, legal documents, a school district record book, soldier’s diaries, and other papers relating to Benton County, Minnesota farmer and Civil War veteran Francis S. Flint; his father, Schuyler Flint; and his war-time comrade, William A. Spaulding. Civil War information consisting of numerous letters from Francis S. Flint while in service with the 2nd Battery Minnesota Light Artillery, two small war diaries of Will A. Spaulding, and a record book of a religious organization in the 2nd Battery.