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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:   ?

Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

Resource type:   correspondence

Letter No. 23 pages missing ; date & location known ; preserved here is him writing of news of health issues of folks at home, of wanting to hear the results of a town meeting regarding bounty (system used as an incentive to increase enlistments), of Heaton's auction, of his weight being 149 pounds.

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    Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Father, Mother and Brothers

    Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

    Date:  1864-01-01

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include letters being delayed, the muddy camp in Virginia, winter quarters, inquiring after his brother Albert's schooling, requests a loaf of brown bread, a tin plate & other items, comments on news from home of folks health and passing away.

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      Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Parents and Brothers

      Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

      Date:  1864-03-27

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Snowball fights, reference to the bounty vote, mention of a shoemaker in Company E, of his boots, of wanting a pound of sugar sent and remarks on folks at home.

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        Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Parents and Brothers

        Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

        Date:  1865-05-22

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Writes from the General Hospital in South Carolina of his hopes to be discharged soon and be home by mid June, has a job in the dining room setting table, etc. & feels it is good for his health. Thinks of his parents and hopes they have not worried over his having been taken prisoner & mentions the other folks at home. Letter head United States Sanitary Commission, N. E. Women's Auxiliary Association.

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          Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Clarissa Bancroft

          Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

          Date:  1862-01-15

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include drills, a prediction that the fighting will end by June, and inquiries about home. In addition to myriad details regarding weather, food, and correspondence, Bancroft inserts thoughtful questions, e.g.: "Clara do folks in our neighborhood manifest much interest in my being out here? do they seem to care a great deal about it?" He also refers to the lull in fighting--and resulting boredom-- that precedes Lincoln's general order of Jan. 27 for federal armies to advance.

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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:   Daniel S. White to Maria E. Howe

              Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

              Date:  1864-03-31

              Resource type:   correspondence

              He writes of the return to Vermont of his wife’s brother, Oramel G. Howe, of sending her a can of milk, as well as other items, going to Brandy Station on business, having drill practice and of witnessing a horse race in which $1000 was the prize.

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                Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria Howe White

                Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

                Date:  1864-05

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include a photograph of Maria with a new hair style and a joking encounter with another officer about the photograph. He also writes of memories of his youth and how he would never have believed there would be a civil war and that he would participate in one.

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                  Title:   E. P. Mason to [Asa P.] Blunt

                  Creator:  Mason, E. P.

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include E. P. Mason asking Roswell Farnham for his help in protecting his sick family.

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                    Title:   E. Putnance to Alner D. Sparrow

                    Creator:  Putnance, E.

                    Date:  1865-01-11

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Letter from clerk in the Adjutant General's office to Bradford's father, Alner, regarding his inquiry about Bradford. Letter states nothing is known at the office about Bradford except that he was taken prisoner and that Alner's request for information has been forwarded to F. F. Holbrook, Vermont Military Commissioner.

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                      Title:   Edward P. Stone to John F. Stone

                      Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                      Date:  1862-08-08

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      From camp along the James River, Va. he writes of money sent to his father, box received from home, fashioning furnishings with items available, mentions his horse, men may be required to move, will regret having to leave the brick church being used for worship, church cushioned & carpeted & has an organ, perhaps a gift from Mrs. President Harrison, missing soldiers learned to be prisoners exchanged unharmed.

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                        Title:   George F. Davis to Smiley Bancroft

                        Creator:  Davis, George F., 1815-1901

                        Date:  1862-05-18

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include plans to return Charles Bancroft's possessions to his father. One senses that the quartermaster is defending the military's hospital care in response to a complaint from Bancroft's father.

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                          Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

                          Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                          Date:  1862-01-26

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include a "miniature" (porttrait?) that Quimby wants to send home; instructions for his sister to collect on a debt owed by Captain Tucker; and expectation of the Regiment advancing. The order to advance would come from Lincoln himself on Jan. 27, 1862, and would be his first General War Order.

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                            Title:   Henry A. Smith to Clarissa A. Smith

                            Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                            Date:  1863-02-06

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            A short letter thanking his mother for the box she sent. Although generally satisfied with the food, he wishes the requested socks had arrived as well. He adds a brief correction: "We do not belong to Burnsides Army but belong to the defences of Washington." Weather in February has been bad, and March will probably be just as bad.

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                              Title:   Henry A. Smith to Clarissa A. Smith

                              Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                              Date:  1863-03-16

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include resuming encampment after living indoors for a while. An early March skirmish in Aldie, Va. is mentioned, as is the capture of General E.H. Stoughton in bed, in a daring raid by CSA Capt. John S. Mosby at Fairfax County Court House. Mosby managed to capture dozens of union soldiers, learn the "Countersign," or password, and go wherever he wanted. (The embarrassment ended Stoughton's military career.) Smith mentions his wish for a photograph of his siblings, and his wish for news from home.

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                                Title:   Henry A. Smith to Clarissa A. Smith

                                Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                Date:  1863-11-20

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include receiving a letter from home, his hope to be released and return home, and news about others from his regiment who were killed or wounded at Hagerstown on July 6.

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                                  Title:   Henry A. Smith to Mother

                                  Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                  Date:  1862-11-20

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Writing from Chantilla, Virginia topics include the anticipation of receiving a package from home. Box directed to the camp at Alexandria for a few items were sent on to his current location.Mentions his good health and that he often feels better out scouting than when he stays in camp. States fellow Vermonter taken prisoner. Inquires about folks and activities at home.

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                                    Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to ?

                                    Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                    Date:  ?-?-?

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include Wilder's uncertainties regarding if he shall ever see his family again and if the regiment is going to advance, as well as sending items home.

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                                      Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                      Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                      Date:  1862-01-17

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include a request for Wilder's mother to send him papers, envelopes, butter, cheese, sausage, and any other essential items.

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                                        Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                        Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                        Date:  1862-01-26

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include marching orders, the cold weather, and the way the regiment sets up their guns so they are always ready. The order to march probably refers to Lincoln's General War Order No. 1, an attempt to prod his generals to act. By "Chatilerz" Wilder may have meant "chattelers," or those assigned the duty of moving war materiel.

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                                          Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                          Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                          Date:  1862-01-30

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include Wilder asking his mother to send the items he requested as soon as possible.

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                                            Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                            Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                            Date:  1862-02-11

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include the regiment remaining at Camp Griffin and Wilder asking his mother's opinion on him and Merrion entering the regular scouts for five years.

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                                              Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                              Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                              Date:  1862-03-?

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Topics include the preparations to march and then the order was countermanded. Mentions "the box" of supplies from home.

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                                                Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                                Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                                Date:  1862-04-28

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include two officers from the New York regiment joining the rebel army and a description of a rebel attack. Wilder is writing at the time of the Siege of Yorktown, Va.

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                                                  Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                                  Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                                  Date:  1862-06-11

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include clarifying things that were written home about Merrill, what Wilder will do once he leaves the army alive, and a man named Damon Hunter returning home after having his leg amputated. One Civil War chronology notes on this date "little or no action on the main front in Virginia along the Chickahominy."

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