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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:   ? to Father

Date:  1863-02-26

Resource type:   correspondence

Unsigned letter to his father with topics including Col Farnham's horses being sick but getting better ; the variable weather, how people can make do with few conveniences, Mr. Peach the cook, the food that is available in camp ; the dark looks the southerners give the soldiers, his negative opinion of the white southerners, mentioning writing to Henry, Laura and hoping to see Zeke.

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    Title:   Asa P. Blunt

    Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

    Date:  1863-02-12

    Resource type:   correspondence

    A pass for Lt. Col. Roswell Farnham, G. G. Benedict, and Mary Farnham to go to Washington signed by Asa P. Blunt, Col. Commanding at Wolf Run Shoals, Va.

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      Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

      Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

      Date:  1861-07-10

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the regiment moving to Virginia.

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        Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

        Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

        Date:  1861-07-28

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include Benjamin F. Parmenter's negative opinion of an attack ( the first battle of Bull Run--see letter 3).

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          Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

          Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

          Date:  1861-08-08

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the regiment being located at Bush Hill Camp, rumors that they may join up with another brigade, more discussion of the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Parmenter's low opinions of the regiments officers,and his disappointment in the treatment of the soldiers.

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            Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

            Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

            Date:  1861-10-29

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the policy of the war department to not allow anyone to go home regardless of their circumstances,enquiries about home, Parmenter's growing disillusion with the Army, and a discussion about "the Southern confederacy is a fixed fact."

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              Title:   Charles Dillingham to William Wirt Henry

              Creator:  Dillingham, Charles, b. 1837

              Date:  1861-08-16

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Writes of wishing to be sent food such as dried beef, cheese, pickles, maple sugar, crackers. Mentions Bush Hill, camping in rainy weather with everything they had being wet, brigade review by General Smith, discontent among the officers. In need of recruits.

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                Title:   Charles Dillingham to William Wirt Henry

                Creator:  Dillingham, Charles, b. 1837

                Date:  1861-08-26

                Resource type:   correspondence

                August 26, 1861 from Great Falls Maryland. Writes of furloughs and discharges not being granted without good cause, illness among the men including measles, duty guarding the river, good fishing, having acquired a horse, quarters in an old hotel with creature comforts.

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                  Title:   Charles Dillingham to William Wirt Henry

                  Creator:  Dillingham, Charles, b. 1837

                  Date:  1861-08-28

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Writes of authority to enlist 40 men, Lt. Hoyt to go to Vermont to recruit instead of Charles Dillingham, need for good men, will try to discharge from the record those men who have died, were ordered to be in light marching order. May be to attack rebel camp across the river at Falls Church, some illness among the men.

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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 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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                                Title:   E. T. Johnson to Mary [Farnham]

                                Creator:  Johnson, E. T.

                                Date:  1862-10-03

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include several companies camping on the riverbank in Maryland, Jackson’s army assembling in Leasburg, and preparing to march most likely to Edwards Ferry.

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                                  Title:   Edward Murphy to William Wirt Henry

                                  Creator:  Murphy, Edward

                                  Date:  1862-07-21

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Writing from camp at Westover Landing, Virginia topics include trying to convince William Henry to come join Company D in the 2nd Regiment, mentions officers resigning and hopes to take Richmond by the end of the summer.

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                                    Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                                    Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                                    Date:  [1861-10-?]

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include a service the regiment attended.

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                                      Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                                      Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                                      Date:  1861-11-18

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include the death of William Fallon of Royalton from the measles.

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                                        Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                                        Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                                        Date:  1861-12-28

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include the improving health of the men in the regiment and officers being ordered home to recruit for the brigade.

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                                          Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                                          Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                                          Date:  [1862]-01-01

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          New Year's greeting given to family, getting his tent settled, men under marching orders, no passes to be approved until Gen. Brooks returns.

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                                            Title:   Edward P. Stone to John F. Stone

                                            Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                                            Date:  1861-12-19

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include preparing for the funerals of the men who died from sickness.

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                                              Title:   Francis C. Williams to Frederick Holbrook

                                              Creator:  Williams, Francis C.

                                              Date:  1862-04-25

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Topics include the regiment being situated at Camp on Ship Island, the establishment of (religious?) services on Tuesdays, and the intellectual capacity of the men of the Vermont regiments.

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                                                Title:   Frederick Holbrook to Roswell Farnham

                                                Creator:  Holbrook, Frederick

                                                Date:  1862-12-02

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Farnham receives a brief letter from Governor Frederick Holbrook of Vermont writing from Montpelier of Farnham's concerns about soldier vacancies in the Vermont regiments and the method to fill them. Mentions Col. Proctor.

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                                                  Title:   George J. Stannard to William Wirt Henry

                                                  Creator:  Stannard, George J., 1820-1886

                                                  Date:  1862-01-07

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include inquiring after William Henry's health, the sickness in the regiment, and a brief description of drills and picket duty and makes mention of not being promoted, states Capt Dillingham to be promoted.

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