Vermont soldiers in the Civil War wrote an enormous quantity of letters and diaries, of which many thousands have survived in libraries, historical societies, and in private hands. This collection represents a selection of letters and diaries from...
Vermont soldiers in the Civil War wrote an enormous quantity of letters and diaries, of which many thousands have survived in libraries, historical societies, and in private hands. This collection represents a selection of letters and diaries from the University of Vermont and the Vermont Historical Society.
The collection includes materials dating from 1861-1865. Materials were selected for digitization to provide a variety of perspectives on events and issues. The voices represented in the collection include private soldiers and officers, as well as a few civilians. All of the extant Civil War-era letters or diaries of each of the selected individuals (at least, all that are to be found in the participating institutions’ collections) are included; each adds a certain experience and point of view to the whole.
Officers in the photo above are (from left to right): Lieutenant Colonel Charles B. Stoughton, Colonel Edwin H. Stoughton, Major Harry N. Worthen. All are from the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regiment.
Writes of the first death in the regiment, that of William Fallon of Royalton from the measles, of his good health, refers to John (perhaps his brother?), comfortable living conditions and of having to prepare for the funeral.
Edward P. Stone to John F. Stone
Creator: Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920.
Date: 1861-12-19, 1861-12-19
Writing from Camp Griffin, Va., Stone writes of sending money to his father in payment for a horse from Mr. Parmelee, refers again to John (perhaps his brother?), of many duties as chaplain including preparing for the funerals of the men who died from sickness and of his carpet bag being stolen on... more
Henry W. Spafford to Clarissa A. Smith
Creator: Spafford, Henry W., 1840-1911.
Date: 1864-05-16, 1864-05-16
Letter written by Spafford to Mrs. Clarissa A. Smith, the mother of Henry A. Smith regarding the death of her son, Hnery A. Smith in the hospital in Richmond, giving details of the conditions there, both about the physicians and how prisoners were buried. Spafford gives Mrs. Smith contact... more
Valentine G. Barney to Maria Barney
Creator: Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889.
Date: 1861-06-30, 1861-06-30
Writes from Newport, Va. of his improving health after a bout of illness, of about 6000 Rebels in the area which the company is out scouting, the capture of two prisoners from a Regiment of Zouaves from Louisiana who voluntarily surrendered as they thought their company had moved out without them,... more