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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:   Justus F. Gale to Brother

Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

Date:  1862-01-24

Resource type:   correspondence

Two letters in one dated Jan 24th and Jan 26th. Topics include the expectation that the war will end in a couple of months, waiting for military pay, anxious to hear from home, Sergeant U. A. Woodbury drilling the company, the stormy weather at camp, the bad food being served except for good bread from a local bakery, the good health of Gale and of him sending a picture in this letter.

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    Title:   Justus F. Gale to Brother

    Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

    Date:  1862-02-07

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Writing from Brattleboro, Vermont, topics include news of bombardment of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River (February 6, 1862) by Commodore Andrew Hull Foote (officer of the U.S. Navy) and General Ulysses S. Grant, a skirmish that resulted in finding a barrel of rum, food sometimes good but not the hash made in camp and the vaccination of the company for pox.

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      Title:   Justus F. Gale to Brother

      Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

      Date:  1862-02-27

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Writing to his brother from Brattleboro topics include Justus Gale’s journey and arrival back at Camp Holbrook after having gone home to Elmore, Vermont for a visit, the expectation of receiving pay, and the possibility of leaving for Ship Island, Mississippi soon.

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        Title:   Justus F. Gale to Brother

        Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

        Date:  1862-04-05

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Two letters, dated April 5th and 6th he writes from aboard the Ship Wallace heading for Ship Island. Mentions the "sugar place" back home in Elmore, Vt. Topics also include making a little bit of money buying and selling tobacco, the displeasure at having to remain on the ship, and the capture of two rebel steamers up the Mississippi River.

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          Title:   Justus F. Gale to Brother

          Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

          Date:  1862-07-04

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the 4th of July celebrations, guard duty of a bridge, diarrhea, accidental gun firing injuring a fellow soldier's hand, plenty of water but it is muddy river water, fresh local fruit and corn, and a brief account of Ship Island including mentioning how "black" the men were (either referring to being unclean or to mood).

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