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Vermonters in the Civil War

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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.

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Time Period Covered: January 1, 1861 - February 28, 1864 


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Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

Date:  1864-12-07

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include travels to and around Washington, meeting with his brother George, and discussion of the benefits he experiences from his brothers' (Reuben & George) positions in the Army.

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    Title:   Leavitt Hunt to John Wolcott Phelps

    Creator:  Hunt, Leavitt

    Date:  1861-10-05

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include Mr. Cutts of Brattleboro and Leavitt Hunt asking Gen. John Wolcott Phelps to write a recommendation for a friend who was hoping to receive a Colonelcy position so as to raise a regiment in Vermont. Writer mentions the Army in the Potomac with 80,000 men on the other side of the river. Written from the Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

      Date:  1863-09-16

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Recounts trip to from New York City to Washington, D.C. via steamboat and train ; warmly welcomed in Philadelphia on the way ; states visited with folks and had received ten dollars from his father.

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        Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

        Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

        Date:  1864-08-03

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Detailed list of the marches made by the 6th Vermont from July 12th through August 3rd. He also writes of visiting the burial ground of some of the soldiers from Company I at Camp Griffin and of visiting former members of Company I when in Washington D.C. siting several by name, of receiving photographs of his family, and of receiving his back pay as Sergeant but not as Lieutenant.

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          Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

          Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

          Date:  1865-06-03

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include marching to Washington from Richmond, sightseeing in Richmond, the possibility of a review, and rumors about an attempt by the Governor of Vermont to get the old Brigade home all at once, though Williams doesn’t think this likely.

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            Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

            Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

            Date:  1865-06-16

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Writes of going & coming back from Washington, D.C. via horseback to purchase clothes and other articles needed, mustering out the men whose time is up in October, and his decision to remain in the Army for the extra money, since he feels everyone will be mustered out in August.

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              Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

              Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

              Date:  1863-05-17

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Letter discusses a false story in the newspapers about a rebel attack, and he reminds his wife to not worry needlessly. As well, he describes a trip to the theater in Washington with his cousin, Martha Henry Young. Watching for Lee's army, feels that more Union troops are needed in the area. Reference to Capt. Dillingham, Col. Jewett and to photographs other officers of the regiment being sent home. He also mentions money and gifts that he sent home.

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                Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                Date:  1864-07-14

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Very brief note with Henry stating that the soldiers are under marching orders and have been ordered to take the train to Washington D.C. and that possibly they will be ordered to follow the Confederate forces towards Culpeper, Virginia.

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                  Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                  Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                  Date:  1864-07-24

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Henry writes a detailed itinerary of the regiment’s 8 days marches toward Winchester and back to Washington, and comments that they were given these orders because they are “good soldiers” and can be depended on, and now that they have saved Washington, they are ordered back to City Point without any rest in between. The men of the 10th Regiment think this is mean and hope the rebs will come back after they leave.

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                    Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                    Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                    Date:  1864-12-14

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Henry writes that he has finally been examined by Dr. Hollman, Sixth Corps surgeon, and that he has approved Henry’s medical discharge, so he will be selling his horses and will probably leave for Washington the next day. He writes that his wife should follow the instructions to meet him in New York which he sent in an earlier letter.

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                      Title:   [Frederick Holbrook] to [F. F. Holbrook]

                      Creator:  Holbrook, Frederick

                      Date:  1862-10-7

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include a summary of Frederick Holbrook's requests for General Phelps to go to Washington to discuss the 7th Vermont Regiment. Reference to Senator Foote is probably Solomon Foot, senator from Vermont (1851-1866).

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