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Charles F. Bancroft Correspondence

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Charles F. Bancroft of Woodbury, the adopted son of Smiley Bancroft, enlisted in the 4th Vermont Regiment, Co. H, on August 28, 1861, as a Corporal. He died of disease on April 30, 1862.

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Time Period Covered: October 2, 1861 - June 26, 1862 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Charles F. Bancroft Civil War Letters

Published:  March 25, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Clarissa Bancroft

Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

Date:  1862-01-15

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include drills, a prediction that the fighting will end by June, and inquiries about home. In addition to myriad details regarding weather, food, and correspondence, Bancroft inserts thoughtful questions, e.g.: "Clara do folks in our neighborhood manifest much interest in my being out here? do they seem to care a great deal about it?" He also refers to the lull in fighting--and resulting boredom-- that precedes Lincoln's general order of Jan. 27 for federal armies to advance.

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    Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Parents

    Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

    Date:  1862-02-02

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include reminiscences of church meetings in Vt., stimulated by his attendance of them at camp; how much he enjoys the supplies (footwear, clothing, food, brandy) from home; some medical treatment that was improved with brandy; his appreciation of family and home; a few words about postal delivery; and a map of the South he plans to give to his father. -- Because of winter, the war has slackened off a bit. Lincoln is still trying to force McClellan to act.

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      Title:   George F. Davis to Smiley Bancroft

      Creator:  Davis, George F., 1815-1901

      Date:  1862-05-18

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include plans to return Charles Bancroft's possessions to his father. One senses that the quartermaster is defending the military's hospital care in response to a complaint from Bancroft's father.

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