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Dress worn by wife of Fort Snelling commander

Dress worn by wife of Fort Snelling commander

Anna McVean McLaren wore this dress, possibly while her husband, Robert, was commander of Fort Snelling from 1862-1865. McLaren was the daughter of Scottish immigrant Archibald McLaren, who settled in New York and succeeded financially as a farmer. In 1860, Archibald was living with Anna, Robert and their son Archibald in Red Wing, and his personal value was $30,000 (more than $850,000 today). He died during the Civil War, and in 1870, Anna McLaren owned $6,000 in real estate, likely an inheritance from her father.

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ca. 1860-1865
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Fort Snelling
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