Civil War bayonet

US Army Model 1855-1870 socket bayonet

Springfield rifle-musket bayonet carried by George W. Buswell, Company B, Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

United States Army General and Staff officers hat insignia worn during the Civil War by General John B. Sanborn of the 4th Minnesota Regiment. The velvet patch is embroidered in bullion with a wreath and the letters "MVM" (Minnesota Volunteer Militia).

US Army officer's hat insignia

United States Army General and Staff officers hat insignia worn during the Civil War by General John B. Sanborn of the 4th Minnesota Regiment. The velvet patch is embroidered in bullion with a wreath and the letters "MVM" (Minnesota Volunteer Militia).

US Army officer's Model 1850 sword

US Army officer's Model 1850 sword

Detail of sword used during the Civil War by Adjutant Alonzo Putnam Connolly of the Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Tiffany and Company made the hilt and did the etching on the blade.

Pair of brass western style spurs with metal boot straps. Each spur has a ten point iron rowel. The spurs were worn during the Civil War by Major Thomas B. Wilson of the 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

US Army officer's spurs

Pair of brass western style spurs with metal boot straps. Each spur has a ten point iron rowel. The spurs were worn during the Civil War by Major Thomas B. Wilson of the 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Color image of saddle case used by First Sergeant George W. Northrup, who served in Brackett's Battalion.

US Cavalry saddle case

Saddle case used by First Sergeant George W. Northrup, who served in Brackett's Battalion.

U.S. Model 1841 Percussion Rifle. This rifle was struck by a bullet and disabled during the Battle of Birch Coulee.

US Model 1841 "Mississippi" rifle

U.S. Model 1841 Percussion Rifle. This rifle was struck by a bullet and disabled during the Battle of Birch Coulee.

Photograph of Val Bjornson in front of Wadena County Farm Bureau Building with Joe Langer, Fred Miller and others, c. 1954.

Val Bjornson

Photograph of Val Bjornson in front of Wadena County Farm Bureau Building with Joe Langer, Fred Miller and others, c. 1954.

Heart-shaped valentine, labeled "To Miss Sanford"

Valentine given to Maria Sanford, 1913

Valentine given to Maria Sanford by University of Minnesota Students.
Minnesota Historical Society Manuscripts Collection, Maria L. Sanford Papers, 1851-1920

"To Miss Sanford
Vivid, buoyant,
Tireless, fluent;
Full of vim,
An occasional whim;
Never a shirk
Not afraid of work,
For mind, or heart, or hand;
A love of beauty,
A sense of duty,
As quick to obey as command;
A brain right clear,
A heart full of cheer,
Eloquent lips touched by altar’s coal;
Still she is, humanly,
Just plain womanly,
With face--index of beautiful soul.
Just as good as she is great,
The best-loved woman of the North Star State.
Feb. 14, 1913"

Black and white photograph of Van Campen store and Scofield's drug store, 1883.

Van Campen store (left) and Scolfield's drug store (right), 1883.

Van Campen store, left, and Scofield's drug store, right, shown in 1883, a year before the first large Cannon Falls fire. The Van Campen building and the business next door, burned during the 1884 conflagration. The stone Scofield structure survived.

Vanilla extract bottle

Vanilla extract bottle

Vanilla extract bottle, J.R. Watkins, Winona, Minnesota, c.1895–c.1912.

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