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Barton Family Correspondence

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William Henry Barton (known as Henry) was born on April 5, 1826 in Moriah, New York, the son of William A. and Electa (Taylor) Barton. By 1860 he had married Abiah Elliott. He enlisted in the 5th New York Cavalry, Company H on December 14, 1863 and was discharged in July, 1865. He fought in the Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Spottsylvania Court House, and Ashland Station.

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Time Period Covered: December 15, 1861 - November 25, 1862 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Barton Family Letters

Published:  March 24, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   Hiram H. Barton to Melissa Barton

Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

Date:  1861-12-15

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the number of men in the Regiment, the clothes they received for the first six months, and a description of the barracks.

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    Title:   Hiram H. Barton to [Melissa Barton]

    Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

    Date:  1862-09-11

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the journey from Harrisons Landing to Fort Monroe, a fight at Bulls Run (aka 2nd Manassas), and the deaths of Thomas Covil and Lyman Morhouse.

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      Title:   Lyman Barton to Sister

      Creator:  Barton, Lyman

      Date:  1862-11-25

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include an account of the Battle of Antetam [sic], the cold weather, the high prices of goods at camp, and reports on the health of other soldiers and family members.

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        Title:   Theodore Barton to Sister

        Creator:  Barton, Theodore

        Date:  1862-09-29

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the journey from Harrison's Landing to Boliver via Newport News and Alexandria. Names several wounded and deceased soldiers, perhaps known by his sister. Concludes with a somewhat gruesome description of "picnic."

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