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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:   Roswell Farnham to C. H. Harding

Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

Date:  1861-05-07

Resource type:   correspondence

Farnham's regiment in Rutland gets the news that they are to leave for Fort Monroe, Va., via rail car and then boat. News of the deployment raises morale; the men are ready for a good fight (recurring theme in Farnham's letters).

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    Title:   Roswell Farnham to [C. H.] Harding

    Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

    Date:  1861-05-14

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include arriving at Fort Monroe, just on the border of "the secession." Farnham briefly describes character of various officers: Capt. Andross, Col. Phelps, Lieut Stearns, and Lieut Peckett. Some discussion about how they spend their spare time. Description of overnight watch without shelter and being relieved the following morning. Other names: Col. Washburn, John Prichard, George Woods, George Flanders, Dan Flanders, Ben Underwood. Ships: Cumberland, Minnesota. Also: Scientific American.

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      Title:   Roswell Farnham to [C. H.] Harding

      Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

      Date:  1861-05-26

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include preparing for a march with the 4th Massachusetts Regiment and a New York Regiment most likely to Sewells Point, Virginia. Farnham expresses pride in the Green Mountain Boys. Names mentioned: Officers Stearns, Andross, and Worthen.

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        Title:   Roswell Farnham to [C. H.] Harding

        Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

        Date:  1861-06-03

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Camp Butler, Newport['s] News: Farnham assesses regiment and its destiny: "We are better situated." Action at Hampton resulted in many freed slaves. Provost marshall duties involving confiscated property and "loose" slaves. Press coverage is exaggerated; Farnham's pride in the Green Mtn. Boys; politics among regiment officers. Apology for any offensive remarks. Heavy rain for several days; more slaves arriving. Steamer Harriet Lane fires on rebel battery at Pig Point; also commandeers ship with livestock and other foodstuffs--cheers from the troops. Mentions "Hawkins Zouaves" and "the Germans." Names: Officers Butler, Phelps, Packard, Peckett; soldiers Stebbins, Geo. Flanders, McFarland.

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          Title:   Roswell Farnham to [C. H.] Harding

          Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

          Date:  1861-06-15

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include a recount of the battle at Great Bethel. Farnham remains critical of press coverage, estimating 90% is inaccurate. Some criticism of Mass. Gen. Pierce (destined to be court-martialed). First taste of battle now having an affect on Farnham and other Vermonters, no doubt.

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            Title:   Roswell Farnham to [C. H.] Harding

            Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

            Date:  1861-06-24

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include recollection of the Battle of Great Bethel, especially of Maj. Winthrop, who died in battle. Further critique of newspaper accounts; mentions the number of runaway slaves he has to account for. Farnham also states that mail delivery from Vt. to Va. takes only two days!

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              Title:   Roswell Farnham to [C. H.] Harding

              Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

              Date:  1861-07-21

              Resource type:   correspondence

              July 21, 1861. Writes to his friend C. H. Harding of conjecture among the men about the order to move out but with no details given, mentions Gen. Butler, Frank Blair, Cochran of New York and 3,500 men reviewed, of some minor illness among the men, of Farnham's re-nomination of State-Attorney.

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