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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. Willams to Lois L. Williams

Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

Date:  1862-07-09

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the camp being shelled twice, the regiment camping on the east bank of the James River, the losses in both armies, and the regiment being reviewed by President Lincoln.

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    Title:   Lyman S. Willams to Lois L. Williams

    Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

    Date:  1862-07-27

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the quietness of camp near Harrisons Landing, a church service that Lyman Williams attended, and the food Lyman misses from home.

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      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

      Date:  1862-01-29

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the sick in Essex and at camp, the knee deep mud, and Lyman Williams' plan to send money home.

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        Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

        Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

        Date:  1862-02-18

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the warm, muddy weather, the success of the Burnsides Expedition, the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, and the possibility of either marching to Manassas and on to Richmond or back to Vermont.

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          Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

          Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

          Date:  1862-04-01

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the journey from Alexandria to Newport News.

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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

              Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

              Date:  1863-01-29

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Letter to sister, Lois, about the 6th regiment's long hard march due to rain and muddy roads ; had to haul artillery, baggage and pontoon trains with great difficulty ; has been relieved from orderly duties ; wishes box from home to be sent ; heavy snow (6 inches) fallen ; asks for postage stamps.

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                Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                Date:  1863-06-10

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Regiment engaged the Rebels, gives a good account of the skirmish across the Rappahannock River with heavy gunfire that forced the Confederates to retreat ; gives casualties and wounded ; reference to Gen. Hooker not planning to engage the enemy at this location at the present time.

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                  Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                  Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                  Date:  1863-07-09

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Recounts a long march to Gettysburg and of laying in wait for the enemy, engaged in a skirmish with the Rebels, one brigade left to deal with them and the rest of the men returned to camp where time was spent socializing. Writes some of the Vermont men sent home and states that he is sending letters home via Alf. Olmstead for safekeeping.

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                    Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                    Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                    Date:  1863-08-06

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Writes his health is good, the weather is hot, the men have a good camp ground and good water close by. States he has received letters from home and tells of the different types of food crops grown in Virginia ; gives his opinion of some men folk at home, of men drafted but who run away and refuse to fight, and sends this letter with no postage stamp as his request for some has not yet been fulfilled.

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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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                          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:  1863-10-04

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Writes of family back home, that there is no military activity at present and of being asked if he might like to meet a young lady, Miss M. M. G. (i.e. Mary Gorton who later becomes his wife)

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                              Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                              Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                              Date:  1863-11-10

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Writes that the regiment has been on the move and has seen some fighting with the Rebels resulting in the capture of many Confederates, their officers and many weapons ; also reports Union losses at Rappahannock.

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                                Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                Date:  1863-12-06

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Letter to sister Lois about his great appreciation of receiving letters from home and their importance to him ; relates the men's hard march, camping in the the field, hardships endured including having little food to eat, of no complaints from the men regardless ; a bit of home gossip.

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                                  Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                  Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                  Date:  1864-02-14

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Writes of returning to the regiment after a visit home, the warm welcome of his fellow soldiers and the visits he received, how lonesome he feels for his family, and how grateful he is to the kindness shown by his family to Mary Gorton, now Mary Williams. He also writes of a case of measles in the regiment.

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                                    Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                    Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                    Date:  1864-03-05

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics including marching out to support a cavalry raid on February 27, 1864 and returning to camp exhausted by the march through mud. He also writes about his wife, Mary Gorton Williams, hopes that his room would be empty when he returns from the army, so that he and Mary might live there. Requests postage stamps.

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                                      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                      Date:  1864-03-20

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include being on picket duty and receiving his letters through the kindness of Private Francis Phillips of Westford, who walked eight miles to bring them to him. He also writes of wishing to be home for sugaring season that he was chosen editor of the next paper the Sixth Regiment Debating Society.

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                                        Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                        Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                        Date:  1864-04-13

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include letters he has received and news from his brother, Nathan, who is in Chicago serving in the Veteran Reserve Corps, a short list of what he has been doing, including attending a lyceum, news that Captain William B. Reynolds has been promoted to Major in the 17th Vermont Infantry Regiment, drilling practice, out of postage stamps and sends another one dollar to have some sent.

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                                          Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                          Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                          Date:  1864-06-25

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include Lyman’s promotion to 2nd Lieutenant of Company C, inquiries about his Canadian cousins, trying to keep cool, with a bucket of ice water to drink, needing money sent to him to pay for his new equipment as 2nd Lieutenant, a discussion about the officers in his new company, a report about the loss of prisoners by the 4th and 11th Regiments, destruction of railroad tracks and bridges.

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                                            Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                            Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                            Date:  1864-06-28

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Writing to his father topics include receiving the $50.00 he asked for from him, a list of the expenses incurred buying equipment needed as 2nd Lieutenant, his hope that his brother Nathan will recover his health now that he has left the Service, and the confidence of the Army in Ulysses S. Grant and their hope that hard fighting is done now.

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                                              Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                              Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                              Date:  1864-07-03

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Writes of a raid on the railroad line between Richmond, Virginia and Welden, North Carolina at Ream’s Station destroying tracks, his wish to be at home visiting with his brother, Nathan, the hot and dusty weather, and getting paid.

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                                                Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                                Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                                Date:  1864-07-17

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include a detailed description of the Battle of Fort Stevens [July 11-12, 1864], specifically the movements of the 6th Corps. Williams also writes of the mustering out of some of the 6th Regiment, as their time had expired.

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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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