A copy of Luman Harris Tenney's Post-Civil War diary and letters has been mounted on Digital Horizons by the NDSU Archives staff. The material covers the years following Mr. Tenney’s discharge from the army after the Civil War. The majority of the letters are between Luman Tenney and his wife Fannie Andrews Tenney. They touch on various subjects including religion, child rearing, Mormanism, the Chicago Fire of 1871, travel, business, Temperance, politics, hunting, recreation, and daily life. They start off with a few prewar letters dealing with Mr. Tenney's time as a teacher in Sudbury, Vermont. After the war he taught at a Blind Asylum in St. Louis, Missouri. After a mission trip to the south, he went into the tool business in Sanduskey, Ohio. When that business ended he went to Duluth, Minnesota where he sold bonds with the Northern Pacific Railroad, and also dealt in real estate. Through the Northern Pacific he became associated with Jay Cooke and Charlemagne Tower, and was contracted by the Northern Pacific to create a Red River Colony. In 1871 he accompanied an expedition to Salt Lake City, Utah where he explored mining, and met Brigham Young. In 1874, he left Duluth and moved to Glyndon, Minnesota where he spent the remainder of his life, with the exception of a short time in Minneapolis, where he dealt in the safe and scales. Luman Tenney was instrumental in the settlement of Glyndon and the land surrounding it through his Northern Pacific connections. The letters are quite personal and give a good feel for daily life in the years following the Civil War. Most gut wrenching is the final letter of Fannie Tenney to her family in Ohio, recounting her husband's death in her arms.
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