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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:  1862-04-01

      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:  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:  1862-01-29

            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:   Nathan A. Williams to Lois L. Williams

              Creator:  Williams, Nathan A., 1837-1903

              Date:  1862-08-24

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the expectation of a battle and reinforcements. The anticipated battle was probably the 2nd Manassas or Bull Run campaign (Aug. 26-30, another win for the Confederates).

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