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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 E. Gale to Father

Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

Date:  1862-03-28

Resource type:   correspondence

Two letters one dated March 28th and one April 6th.Topics include a description of the journey to Ship Island, Mississippi, being seasick, about the food and hard bread, poor quality water and little of it, writes of his faith in God and his sighting of the island.

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    Title:   Justus E. Gale to Father

    Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

    Date:  1862-12-13

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the health of Justus Gale, the mistaken attack (friendly fire) by the Indiana regiment, the process of making sugar done by the slaves, and the daily drilling in camp.

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      Title:   Justus F. Gale to Father

      Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

      Date:  1862-06-06

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the good living conditions in New Orleans, the Indiana regiment taking meat from the rebels, been on cooking duty, good meals, fresh beef, waiting for military pay and the possibility of leaving soon.

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        Title:   Justus F. Gale to Father

        Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

        Date:  1862-06-14

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the living conditions and food in New Orleans, continues with cooking duty, the good weather, soldiers bringing back to camp chickens, eggs, an account of the poor treatment of slaves, two slave boys being rescued from ill treatment from their masters, and the observance of Sabbath in camp, wishing to know more news of the war than he can get in the South.

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          Title:   Justus F. Gale to Father

          Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

          Date:  1863-05-13

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Gale writes to his father a description of the land through which he is marching, as the Brigade travels up and down the Red River in pursuit of Confederate forces. He also gives a short description of the Battle of Fort Bisland, and then goes on to describe the fresh food available to the soldiers. He encloses with the letter a plate he used to eat lunch on that day, made of the bark of a Sweetgum tree, as most of his equipment had to be left at the camp at Brashear City.

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