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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:   Letter to Rufus and Sebra Towle

Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

Date:  1861-11-25

Resource type:   correspondence

From Camp Griffen, Va. Topics include the health of the regiment (measles, Typhoid fever), requests for food, tea, clothing and the cold weather.

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    Title:   Letter to Rufus and Sebra Towle

    Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

    Date:  1861-12-07

    Resource type:   correspondence

    December 7, 1861. Topics include Ransom W. Towle's responsibilities in the regiment, discipline if duties not carried out, foraging for food, marching in preparation to join an attack, request for newspapers and the location of the camp.

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      Title:   Letter to Rufus and Sebra Towle

      Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

      Date:  1861-12-29

      Resource type:   correspondence

      December 29, 1861. Topics include the health of the regiment in the cold weather (rheumatism, boils, homesickness), camp inspection, lack of presence of Chaplain except at religious services, and the prospect of battle.

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        Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

        Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

        Date:  1862-01-11

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Towle writes from his Virginia camp to his parents about drill, military life, resignation of officers due to being unfit physically or mentally, of still needing new boots, illness, and his positive opinion of Colonel Stoughton.

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          Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

          Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

          Date:  1862-02-05

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Towle responds to his parents' letter that expresses low morale at home, financial difficulties at home and Towle encourages the doing without luxuries on the home front as much as possible. He writes of a 30 hour picket trip, the capture of rebel two scouts, drills being only two a day and of a self inflicted wounding of a Union soldier requiring amputation of the wounded soldier's leg.

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            Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

            Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

            Date:  1862-02-23

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include a Brigade Parade and a farewell address of Washington, he relates some of the soldiers opinions and predictions that the war will end in three weeks. Mention of 109 six mule teams passing through his camp; exact purpose unknown.

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              Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

              Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

              Date:  1862-02-27

              Resource type:   correspondence

              A brief letter to his parents from Camp Griffin in Virginia of marching orders with three days rations and the hope to encounter the Rebels. He makes a brief reference to Brigade surgeon Dr. Phelps. Towle expresses his dismay that the troops in the west are fighting and gaining glory while the army of the Potomac lays idle.

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                Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

                Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                Date:  1862-03-29

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Writing from Newport News (Virginia?) topics include the journey from Alexandria to his new camp, mentions the destruction of Hampton, Va. by the Confederates, the "concentration of troops" for the possible purpose of advancing into Va. and the inefficiency of the Quarter Master resulting in the soldiers going hungry for a week. He makes reference to passing gun boats, gives a brief description and impression of the "renowned" Monitor (Ironclad) and Fort Monroe.

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                  Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

                  Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                  Date:  1862-04-03

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Towle writes of orders received to march on Richmond, Virginia and of his many camp duties. He writes of soldiers letters being detained and of their camp being fired upon by the Rebels. No harm done.

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                    Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Sebra Towle

                    Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                    Date:  1862-01-05

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Towle writes from his Virginia camp to his mother about his thankfulness for the gift of a thick quilt. He writes in detail of boots he wants made, of his thoughts on what it would mean if there was an intervention of England, and his tent mates doing mundane domestic tasks of writing letters and mending clothing.

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