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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:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

Date:  1862-05-18

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the hard marching to a camp owned by the rebel Colonel Lee and requests for items to be sent from home.

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    Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

    Date:  1863-08-22

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Writing from New York City, Williams recounts trip via train and steamboat from Warrenton, Va to the city. Purpose of the trip is thought to be to enforce the draft. Accident involving the steamboat and a schooner en route resulted in two men killed and one lost overboard. Military pay received spent partly on weapons to give to the officers out of respect.

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      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

      Date:  1863-09-07

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Williams has left NYC via steamboat, Rip Van Winkle and thought to be on way to Albany, NY ; had a chance to visit with friends ; draft continued with no trouble but threats were made to burn the city if the draft was brought to NYC.

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