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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:   Charles F. Bancroft to Clarissa Bancroft

Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

Date:  1862-01-06

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the snowy weather and a brief description of George Blenkoe, the Confederate master of a "secesh (secessionist) negro," who had been recently brought into camp from Vienna, Va. Description of some Confederate money. Bancroft mentions his own modest weight gain, his need for pockets and other domestic items. One esp. moving line: "God only knows when we shall see each other again but let us hope for the best & that another year will bring us all to the family fireside again."

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    Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Clarissa Bancroft

    Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

    Date:  1862-01-11

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the illness of Ephraim D. Dutton and the treatment he is getting from Bancroft, who is watching over Dutton. Bancroft thinks he'll recover when taken to a hospital. Fever, dysentery, lung ailments are compounded by homesickness, according to Bancroft. B. asks for sausage, cayenne pepper, and brandy from home. Mentions daguerreotype of "that little schoolmarm" and the problem of blue eyes. Final request: burn this letter after you read it! "Chain Bridge" refers to a site near Washington, D.C.

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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 Family

        Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

        Date:  1861-10-06

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include anticipation of a battle in Virginia and requests for some items from home.

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          Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Family

          Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

          Date:  1861-11-16

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the number of men who have either died or are sick in the regiment, the success at Port Royal, and the arrest of the Confederate Ministers to Europe, Mason and Slidell.

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            Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Mary Bancroft

            Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

            Date:  1862-02-16

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include Charles Bancroft's health, the food that is being cooked in camp, and the capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn. Bancroft wasn't involved in it, but the fall of Ft. Donelson reminds him that his tour of duty, if not the whole war, may be over by year's end. Bancroft sounds more confident as a soldier (enjoys picketing) and is certain he could serve another two years if asked.

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              Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Parents

              Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

              Date:  1861-12-20

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include items received from home and events surrounding a bottle of brandy that was stolen.

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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:   Charles F. Bancroft to Smiley Bancroft

                  Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

                  Date:  1861-12-31

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include picket guard, description of camp life, and a prediction of the future of the war.

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                    Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to [Family]

                    Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

                    Date:  1861-10-02

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include setting up a choir at camp and organizing the sale of Vermont butter.

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