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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 Lyman Barton

Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

Date:  1863-07-16

Resource type:   correspondence

Hiram Barton writes a detailed description of a misunderstanding between the 96th New York Regiment and a cavalry company that they were to rendezvous with. The two forces exchanged fire but no one was injured. He then describes his unit’s participation in a pincer movement against Williamston, North Carolina, in which his unit was supposed to engage the enemy from the front while the 101st and 103rd Pennsylvania Regiments were to attack from the rear.

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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 Hiram Barton

      Creator:  Barton, Lyman, 1839-1936

      Date:  1863-07-29

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Lyman Barton writes of his Regiment’s march from White House to near Hanover Junction and back, and then on to a camp near Portsmouth, Virginia. He then writes of his military unit being renumbered (from 9 A C to the 7 A C now 2nd Brigade 2nd Division 7 A C), of news from home, that his two other brothers, James and Henry were drafted, and continues with his views on how the war is progressing.

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        Title:   Lyman Barton to Melissa Barton

        Creator:  Barton, Lyman, 1839-1936

        Date:  1863-08-02

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Lyman writes about wishing to receive more letters from his sister, as he is lonely in camp, even though it sounds like he is enjoying himself. He points out the battles printed on the bottom of the writing paper he is using, saying that he was in the last four of them. The letter continues with a detailed description of the movements of his Brigade. He also mentions “confiscating” a beef, writing that soldiers don’t steal, only confiscate and the only difficulty was getting the beef into the camp.

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          Title:   Lyman Barton to Melissa Barton

          Creator:  Barton, Lyman, 1839-1936

          Date:  1863-09-10

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Lyman Barton writes of the movements of his Brigade and mentions that the Regiment has received 166 conscripts and that all but one are substitutes. He also mentions that he is unwell.

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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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