David Richardson and Family Papers, 1864-1865
Correspondence between David Richardson, his wife Catherine Cameron Richardson, and their children Ella and Irving. The collection includes 37 letters describing Richardson’s service in the Civil War while he was stationed at Fort Wadsworth, Dakota Territory, and Fort Ridgely with the 3rd Battery of Light Artillery.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2773).
John Q. Wilson Papers, 1860-1865
Diary (1865-1866) and four miscellaneous items relating to his service in the Minnesota Light Artillery, Third Battery. The diary relates details of the battery’s journeys to Dakota Territory, including forts Abercrombie, Snelling, and Wadsworth (later Sisseton); terrain, lakes, and wildlife; weather (particularly blizzards); and hardships of the marches.
MNHS call number: See the fining aid in the library (P1630).
G. Merrill Dwelle and Family Papers, 1843-1896
Correspondence, genealogical notes, and memorabilia of the Dwelle family, primarily concerning Merrill’s service in the Civil and Dakota wars with the Second Company, Minnesota Sharpshooters (1861-1863) and the Third Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery (1863-1866). Dwelle’s letters and a diary for these years give considerable information on campaigns of the Second Company in Virginia and Maryland; his stay in a hospital near Frederick, Md. (1862-1863); and army life, marches, and battles of the Third Battery during the Sully and Sibley expeditions against the Dakota Indians (1863-1864).
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (A/.D989).
John Jones and Family Papers, 1823-1937
Primarily letters, certificates, and memorabilia documenting Jones’ activities as a frontier soldier in Minnesota and Dakota Territory (1856-1866), especially his command of the artillery at Fort Ridgely during the 1862 Dakota Conflict and his subsequent participation in the punitive Sibley Expedition into Dakota Territory (1863) as commander of the 3rd Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1513).