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Running the Home

For many Minnesotans, joining the military meant leaving a family behind. Every family had to adjust to the absence of their loved one in the best way they could. Click the links below and the items on the right-hand side to learn more about how families coped during the war.


Charles Olebaugh (Olenbaugh?) and family


Ox-drawn hay rack.


Esterly reaper in operation in grain field, St. Paul


Letter from Elisabeth Dearmin to Alexander Ramsey, September 28, 1861

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