Wednesday, June 14, 1865

Chicago, Illinois

The last Sanitary Fair in Chicago raised $100,000 for the Sanitary Commission and this fair is expected to raise twice as much. I am told it is many times larger. Each state in the Northwest has its own booth and they are in friendly competition with each other. They states have friendly competitions among counties and districts to encourage contributions. For example, Minnesota asked each farmer to provide a bushel of wheat. They also collected Indian artifacts for sale to curious easterners. There are all manner of arrowheads and stone tools, jewelry, headbands and such as is common in Minnesota but rare in the east. All the items are being sold for benefit of the troops.

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