Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 7, Number 2: Fall 1970
Smallpox, Malaria—W.R. Brown’s Civil War Diary: The War Within A War
Authors: Virginia Brainard Kunz and James O. Wall
W. R. Brown enlisted in the Sixth Minnesota Infantry in 1862 at the age of 46. He served mostly in hospitals, in the field, at Fort Snelling, and in Helena, Arkansas. He kept a diary in which he wrote “not of battles but of the struggle to survive disease.” The many diary entries printed here dealt with daily camp life, weather, the standard medicines of the time, smallpox, his railroad trip to Arkansas, the attitudes and conditions of the people of the South, his own bout with typhoid fever and, probably, malaria.
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Ramsey County Medical Society Survives 100 Years
Author: Robert Rosenthal
Founded in 1870, the Ramsey County Medical Society went into a “nearly fatal state of coma” by 1879, revived in 1882, faded again, and recovered permanently in 1889. The article describes the society’s struggles to define itself, find meeting places, establish a library, publish its St. Paul Medical Journal, and lists some of the achievements of the members.
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Forgotten Pioneers: Edward Phelan
Edward Phelan, discharged from the U.S. Army at Fort Snelling in April 1839, became one of St. Paul’s founding settlers. He was a contentious fellow, tried and acquitted of murder, and later indicted for perjury. He fled in 1850 and reportedly “met with a violent death in crossing the plains.”
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Edward J. Lettermann, From Whole Log to No Log: A History of the Indians where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers Meet (Minneapolis: Dillon Press, 1969).
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