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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:   Hiram H. Barton to Lyman Barton

Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

Date:  1863-04-05

Resource type:   correspondence

Writing from Stanley General Hospital in New Bern, N.C. to his brother Lyman, Hiram Barton writes of all the rumors surrounding the Siege of Little Washington (Battle of Washington, March 30-April 18, 1863), including the supposed death of General Francis B. Spinola. He also writes of the arrival of a Lieutenant sent by General John G. Foster to New Bern to ask for reinforcements. As well, he writes of Rebel scouts that are in the area.

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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:  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:  1863-02-22

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the news that he is in the hospital at New Bern, North Carolina, but he is getting better. He also discusses the lateness of the pay and his attempts to stay out of debt, a description of the city, war profiteers, and his opinion of the celebration of Washington’s birthday and how that general might view the war.

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          Title:   Hiram H. Barton to Melissa Barton

          Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

          Date:  1863-02-23

          Resource type:   correspondence

          A poem titled “The Campaign with McClellan 1862” by William Issard, a private in the 101st Pennsylvania Infantry, copied by Hiram Barton. The poem focuses on Wessell’s Division during the Seven Days Battles, and mentions the 101st and 103rd Pennsylvania Regiments and the 85th, 92nd, and 96th New York Regiments.

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            Title:   Hiram H. Barton to Melissa Barton

            Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

            Date:  1863-06-23

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Writing from Camp Gray in Plymouth, North Carolina Barton speaks of white and black North Carolinians coming in to Union lines to join the Union Army, of the brogue they speak, of the sights he has seen in battle, his dislike of army life, particularly the killing. Writes of rumors about Vicksburg and what it would mean for the Union cause if it is taken.

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              Title:   Hiram H. Barton to Melissa Barton

              Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

              Date:  1864-07-08

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Hiram Barton writes of an attack on the Union works by a Confederate Brigade at the Seige of Petersburg on June 24th. He also writes of the danger of raising one’s head above the breast works during the day, and of the soldiers killed. As well he writes of the heat and how exhausted the men are after spending two or three days in the trenchs.

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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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