Pehr Carlson and Family Papers, 1862-1904.
Civil War documents and diary (1865, 1904), and obituary (ca.1903) of an early resident of East Union (Carver County), Minnesota. Carlson came to the United States in 1854, serving in Company H, 9th Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1862-1865. Carlson’s Civil War correspondence (in Swedish) describes his Dakota and Civil War activities in the following places: Glencoe, Minnesota (1862-1863); Fort Abercrombie (1863); St. Louis (1863-1864); Memphis (1864); Rolla, Missouri (1864); Eastport and Vicksburg (1865); and Alabama (1865). His diary, also in Swedish (with an English translation), describes the war action in the Mobile, Alabama area 1n 1865. The collection also includes a folder of Carlson family correspondence, 1863-1890 (in Swedish); Carlson’s regimental discharge papers, 1865; and a document regarding his wife’s Civil War widow’s pension, 1896.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1672).
Biographical Data on Moses Greenleaf, 1862-1865.
Eight letters (Oct. 15, 1862-June 28, 1863) from Greenleaf at Fort Ridgely to his family in Scott County, describe life in the 9th Minnesota Infantry, Company I, particularly everyday camp activities, illnesses and death among the troops, and courts martial. Also included are a letter from his sister, Clara Greenleaf of Shakopee, Minnesota (1863) and his commission as captain of Company I (1865).
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (M582: Greenleaf, Moses).
Regimental Letter and Order Book, 1862, Nov. 28-1864, July 30.
Copies of letters and orders, written largely by colonels Alexander Wilkin and Josiah F. Marsh from regimental headquarters at St. Peter, Minnesota, and in various locales in Missouri and Tennessee during the Dakota Conflict (1862) and the Civil War. They deal with supplies and equipment, transportation of men and supplies, transmittal of reports, personnel (enlistments, discharges, promotions, duties, sickness, furloughs, payments), drills, troop and Indian movements, selection of sites for military posts in Minnesota, and similar matters. The letters are addressed to Henry H. Sibley, James H. Baber, Stephen Miller, and others.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Microfilm M22).
Company I Records, 1862-1865.
Enlistment records of men from Scott County and muster and pay rolls kept by company officers Horace B. Strait and Moses Greenleaf during the Civil War.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (BG4/-M643 9th).
James M. Woodbury Diary and Miscellaneous Letter and Papers,1862-1908.
Diary of a soldier from Mower County, Minnesota who served in the Ninth Minnesota Infantry Regiment in Missouri and Mississippi until his capture by Confederate forces and his subsequent incarceration and death at Andersonville Prison. Woodbury’s letters to Amanda (Oct. 1863-May 1864) were primarily written from various camps in Missouri and concern the regiment’s movements, camp routine, fellow Minnesotans in the regiment, and similar matters. Diary entries begin May 21, 1864, and follow Woodbury’s travels through Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi; his capture by Confederate forces at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads; and his imprisonment at Andersonville Prison, Georgia. Entries by a second writer continue until October 9, some two months following Woodbury’s death at Andersonville. The diary speaks of "dismal" conditions at the prision; Woodbury’s removal to the prison hospital and his subsequent death (August 1862); the deaths of other men from the regiment; and the second writer’s eventual transfer from Andersonville to Florence Prison, South Caroline (September 1864).
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1091).
Alexander Wilkin and Family Papers, 1830-1894.
Includes photocopied manuscript correspondence, some with typed transcriptions; deeds and other legal documents; manuscript and printed invitations; and typed transcripts of newspaper articles that relate to the family and career of the first Secretary of Minnesota Territory. Topics include Alexander’s experiences during the Mexican War (1874-1848); his political and business affairs in St. Paul (1849-1860) including his two terms as Secretary of Minnesota Territory (1851-1853) and his real estate speculations (1849-1860); his service during the Civil War and his death at the Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi (1861-1864).
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1921).