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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:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

Date:  1861-11-15

Resource type:   correspondence

Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Va. of a grave marker being made for Potter who died of consumption, of acknowledging that two months have passed since leaving home, of going on picket duty, of the expected presence of McClellan and of there being 30,000 men on the parade ground.

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    Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

    Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

    Date:  1861-11-11

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Henry writes a solemn letter about the death from consumption of his tent mate, Adams Potter of Cornwall, of his plans to write to friends and family.

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      Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

      Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

      Date:  1862-05-07

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include a description of the Union Victory since that at Yorktown, which may include the Battle of Williamsburg (May 5, 1862).

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        Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

        Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

        Date:  1861-10-12

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include advancing on the Rebels to Prospect Hill, a battle at Hatteras Inlet where the Rebels lost many men, and two Rebels at Camp Advance that were taken prisoners. Reference to Gen. Scott, to Bull Run, to plenty of chestnuts available to eat. Also mentions the opinion that many believe the war will be short (six months)

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          Title:   [Henry Harrison Wilder] to ?

          Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

          Date:  1861-09-19

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Henry writes from Camp Holbrooke in St. Albans (5th Regiment Vt Volunteers Co. B) that he is taking a route on the east side of the mountain instead of the Rutland and Burlington Railroad.

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            Title:   [Henry Harrison Wilder] to Mother

            Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

            Date:  1861-09-30

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Henry writes from his camp at Chain Bridge of his journey made by the 5th Regiment of Vermont Volunteers from Springfield to Washington D.C. and on to Marellian Hill and then to Chain Bridge. Speaks of soldiers being shot almost everyday by the Rebels and of orders to march to Fairfax Court, requests postage stamps.

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              Title:   [Henry Harrison Wilder] to Mother

              Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

              Date:  1861-09-22

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Henry writes from Camp Holbrooke in St. Albans of the 5th Vt Vol Regiment to his mother about rainy weather, acting as Corporal of the Guard, and receiving pay for his services and talks about how his pay should be handled.

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