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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:   Charles Dillingham to William Wirt Henry

Creator:  Dillingham, Charles, b. 1837

Date:  1861-08-07

Resource type:   correspondence

August 7, 1861 from Clermont, Virginia. Writes Vermont 3rd located at the Chain Bridge Georgetown Heights, picket duty, illness among the men, sudden death of soldiers from sore throat.

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    Title:   Charles Dillingham to William Wirt Henry

    Creator:  Dillingham, Charles, b. 1837

    Date:  1861-11-?

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Writes of Brigade drill under General Smith, picket duty, prospect of detachment from brigade to go south, much illness among the men including a case of small pox, upcoming promotion of Lt. Crossman, cold weather, upcoming grand review by General McClellan.

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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 F. Bancroft to Clarissa Bancroft

        Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

        Date:  1862-01-11

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the illness of Ephraim D. Dutton and the treatment he is getting from Bancroft, who is watching over Dutton. Bancroft thinks he'll recover when taken to a hospital. Fever, dysentery, lung ailments are compounded by homesickness, according to Bancroft. B. asks for sausage, cayenne pepper, and brandy from home. Mentions daguerreotype of "that little schoolmarm" and the problem of blue eyes. Final request: burn this letter after you read it! "Chain Bridge" refers to a site near Washington, D.C.

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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 Parents

            Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

            Date:  1862-02-02

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include reminiscences of church meetings in Vt., stimulated by his attendance of them at camp; how much he enjoys the supplies (footwear, clothing, food, brandy) from home; some medical treatment that was improved with brandy; his appreciation of family and home; a few words about postal delivery; and a map of the South he plans to give to his father. -- Because of winter, the war has slackened off a bit. Lincoln is still trying to force McClellan to act.

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              Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

              Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

              Date:  1862-07-08

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Chaplain Stone expresses sadness at leaving sick and wounded (perhaps from the Seven Days Battles fought June 26 to July 2), sending money, sickness among the men, Dr. Chandler, Dr. Henry Janes, the officers & the chaplains, requests a linen coat, sending home clothing, John working at the wharf (perhaps along the James River?).

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                Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                Date:  1862-12-28

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Writes of expecting letters from home, names several officers resigning, has a pass to go to Washington with a dead soldier, money, resigning his position as chaplain but wishes to work on some historical records of the regiment first, is well but is suffering from diarrhea.

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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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                    Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

                    Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                    Date:  1862-01-20

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include the terrible weather at Camp Griffin, Va. and the numerous deaths from sicknesses such as Typhoid Fever. "Smith's Division" refers to the Vt. 5th Infantry Regiment under the command of Gen. William F. "Baldy" Smith.

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                      Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                      Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                      Date:  1861-11-05

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include family matters where George gives legal advice to his sister Emeline in regards to settling her estate after the death of her husband, of illness among the men particularly measles, of finally getting all their military clothing.

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                        Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                        Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                        Date:  1861-11-30

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Writes to sister Emeline B. Masta from Camp Griffin, Va of a description of a Grand Review by Gen. McClellan and staff with Pres. Abraham Lincoln in attendance, marching to Bailey's Cross Roads, expedition to Fairfax Court House for grain, receipt of quilt and pillow, death of two men from disease, reference to Thanksgiving Day

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                          Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                          Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                          Date:  1862-10-04

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include encamping near Alexandria, an update on the health of Lant Blake and Gene, his unable to mail a gun home for his younger siblings, the large loss of the rebels at Orange Court House, a request for boots and gloves from home and a comment that army issue are not worth what the soldiers have to pay for them.

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                            Title:   Henry A. Smith to Frances E. Smith

                            Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                            Date:  1864-02-28

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Short note written to tell his sister that he has been moved to the hospital in Richmond and that he is sick with dysentery. Henry died the next day.

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                              Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                              Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                              Date:  1861-10-22

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Henry writes of having his military pay make interest, of a fight that had taken place and General Johnston was taken prisoner, of his health being better, of a soldier's discharge due to fever sore on his leg, of a woman named Marion and of a lot of letter writing being done by the soldiers.

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                                Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                Date:  1861-11-11

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Henry writes a solemn letter about the death from consumption of his tent mate, Adams Potter of Cornwall, of his plans to write to friends and family.

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                                  Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                  Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                  Date:  1861-?-29

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Va. of being in good health, of having gained ten pounds, of sleeping well, of having a comfortable bed and coverings, of the burial service of two men held by the Chaplain and of Fenton ill with the measles.

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                                    Title:   Horatio P. Bruce to Smiley Bancroft

                                    Creator:  Bruce, Horatio P.,

                                    Date:  1862-06-26

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include the death of Charles Bancroft from typhoid fever, the sickness of other men in the company, and that the fall of Richmond will bring the war to an end. Like many other writers, he refers to McClellan's reluctance to deploy his massive army.

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                                      Title:   Ira A. Marshall to William Wirt Henry

                                      Creator:  Marshall, Ira A., d. 1893

                                      Date:  1862-06-08

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include camping at Harrison's Landing, Virginia on the James River, makes reference to regiments and companies losing men, the names of men wounded and their injuries in Company D, makes reference to a battle (maybe Battle of Seven Pines [Fair Oaks]??), several officers resigning, the high cost of food, and the slight sickness of Ira Marshall.

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                                        Title:   John M. Stone to Family

                                        Creator:  Stone, John M., 1835-1915

                                        Date:  1861-11-30

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include a number of deaths in the regiment from sickness.

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                                          Title:   John M. Stone to Family

                                          Creator:  Stone, John M., 1835-1915

                                          Date:  1861-12-[09]

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include the health of the regiment and numerous deaths.

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                                            Title:   Joseph Rutherford to Daughter

                                            Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

                                            Date:  1862-11-23

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Rutherford writes from his Maryland camp to his daughter, Helen, of military life, about the fact that there is no day of worship in the military, food preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, description of the dress parade, Typhoid fever in the camp, and the proper care that the Vermont regiment is receiving from their surgeons.

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                                              Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

                                              Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

                                              Date:  1863-08-07

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Writing in the field near White Sulphur Springs, Virginia topics include military pay received, sending $200 home, little going on, waiting for conscripts, diarrhea among the regiment, the desolation of the countryside, the commanders and the identifying symbols, badges, insignia for each regiment.

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                                                Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

                                                Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

                                                Date:  1863-08-27

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Writing from camp in the field near Sulphur Springs, Virginia topics include reference to postal service, the sickness of a couple of men, the good health of Rutherford in spite of the lack of food, his encounter with a swarm of wild bees, not suffering from his rheumatism as in the past, reference to lice as grey backs and the hope that he will receive the promotion.

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                                                  Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

                                                  Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

                                                  Date:  1863-09-10

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include his disputing the severity of disease in camp in the 10th Regiment, how disease claims more lives than bullets, reference to a fight at Boonsborough, the death of George Chase from illness, reference to a Mr. Joseph Calhoun and "Young Spafford" and a request for postage stamps as they are difficult to get.

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