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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:   ? to Father

Date:  1863-02-26

Resource type:   correspondence

Unsigned letter to his father with topics including Col Farnham's horses being sick but getting better ; the variable weather, how people can make do with few conveniences, Mr. Peach the cook, the food that is available in camp ; the dark looks the southerners give the soldiers, his negative opinion of the white southerners, mentioning writing to Henry, Laura and hoping to see Zeke.

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    Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Alner D. Sparrow

    Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

    Date:  1863-08-19

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Two letters of August 19th and 28th - Reporting for duty in Burlington, telling of his journey, of not having food provided & having to buy his own, of sleeping arrangements, dinner in the barracks at the old fair grounds, of the men being examined for fitness to serve.

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      Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Alner D. Sparrow

      Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

      Date:  1863-09-01

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include marching from Burlington to Long Island, conscripts, waiting for the remaining 59 men before going to join the 4th regiment, very basic tent accommodations, meals given and Charles Stoddard's error while restocking guns which has led to reducing ranks.

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        Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Alner D. Sparrow

        Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

        Date:  1863-09-26

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the journey from Alexandria to Culpeper, Virginia by sail and marching, the food in camp and the regiment being used as a reserve.

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          Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Alner D. Sparrow

          Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

          Date:  1863-11-24

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include receiving mittens, Vermont cheese, boots and other items, many of the men receiving many goods with some of them being sold off, the expectation of being paid, and an update on Ira's ill health.

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            Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Alner D. Sparrow

            Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

            Date:  1864-01-31

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Brief letter writes of returning from a three day picket, of the food and utensils in the recently received box from home, his good health, of witnessing an execution and of stories about the Rebels infiltrating the lines.

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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 Friends

                Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

                Date:  1863-10-31

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Writes of Bradford's sickness of "remitant fever", his stay and care in the regimental hospital, of other patients in the hospital having Typhoid fever, requests clothing with specific instructions on just how he wants them made, soap and green tea from home,

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                  Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Parents and Brothers

                  Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

                  Date:  1863-09-09

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the surprising outcome of an election at home, the hardships faced in camp, and Philip being accepted into the army.

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                    Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Parents and Brothers

                    Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

                    Date:  1863-09-23

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include the journey to Fortress Monroe, the fruit in the wharf, and the health of Bradford, Ira and Swift.

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                      Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Parents and Brothers

                      Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

                      Date:  1863-11-21

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Writes of Ira, of himself having a light case of typhoid, his own health improving, will be entering Virginia winter quarters in a month, mentions the draft & how the process might be different and Bradford sending a list home of things he needs that include food and clothing.

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                        Title:   Bradford Sparrow to Parents and Brothers

                        Creator:  Sparrow, Bradford

                        Date:  1863-12-18

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        A long letter started on Dec 18th and begun again Dec 25th. Topics include Bradford recovering from sickness, receiving goods from home, boots and shirts, Mr. Bishop eating up some of the eatable food meant for Sparrow due to going so long without food, making strawberry preserves, requesting several hundred pounds of butter and cheese, various utilitarian items including a spider frying pan, a list of items Ira wants, mentions by name other men he has seen and talked to, acknowledges that a letter went missing and recaps what was written in that letter.

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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:  1865-05-12

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Writes of receiving good medical care with plenty of good food, alcohol to drink, health is improving, may be transported to Annapolis, Maryland ; hopes to be home soon ; mentions Gen. Grant may discharge all the hospital boys. Letter head U.S. Christian Commission stationery.

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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:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                                Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                                Date:  1862-07-30

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Inquires about ladies in the family, requesting letters from them, states there is good water contrary to what the newspapers report, vegetables to eat, building brick ovens, prayer meetings being held in brick church, death of son of Judge Swift of Middlebury.

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                                  Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                                  Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                                  Date:  [1862]-09-[23]

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  A very brief letter stating he was in Burkittsville with the wounded (casualties from the Battle of Burkittsville or called the Battle of Crampton's Gap, Maryland, September 14, 1862), then set out to find the regiment but was unsuccessful so he stopped at Pleasant Valley and stayed with a family there ; preached at United Bretheren ; mentions fruits of all kinds available.

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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 Family

                                      Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                      Date:  1864-01-10

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Smith remains a prisoner at Belle Island, Virginia, the only one left of his company that has not been exchanged; he requests a box of goods from home to contain many food items and some clothing items and gives a specific address to which to send it.

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                                        Title:   John Lester Barstow to ?

                                        Creator:  Barstow, John Lester, 1832-1913

                                        Date:  1862-05-18

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Comfortable lodgings of the regiment in New Orleans, the cost of food items, and the ruined state of New Orleans when the Vermont Regiment arrived, interaction with the Negroes.

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                                          Title:   John Lester Barstow to Laura

                                          Creator:  Barstow, John Lester, 1832-1913

                                          Date:  1862-11-23

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Written in the field he writes of idleness of the Regiment since its arrival on the banks of the Bayon and the help the Negroes are receiving from the government, the lack of coffee, poor quality flour, no salt, spoiled meat causing disease, exorbitant prices for food.

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                                            Title:   John Lester Barstow to Laura

                                            Creator:  Barstow, John Lester, 1832-1913

                                            Date:  1863-10-25

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Two letters dated Oct 25 and Oct 27 with topics including marching, waiting, more marching, more waiting, lack of food due to road conditions, unable to forage for food, hot days, cold nights, the importance of picket duty, the unpopularity of General William B. Franklin, and the army returning to New Iberia, fear that mail may be lost due to capture of wagons by Rebels and fear to send any money by mail.

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                                              Title:   John W. Merriam to Friend Samantha

                                              Creator:  Merriam, John W., d. 1863

                                              Date:  1862-09-04

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Writing from Algiers, La. topics include the false report of Justus's death and an attack by 1500 Rebels on a train leaving Desallemands and heading for Algiers that left 30 to 40 soldiers wounded or killed.

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                                                Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

                                                Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

                                                Date:  1864-04-14

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Expresses concern about Hannah's health, the political scandal over General Butler not searching baggage of Mrs. (Martha) Todd White [Mary Todd Lincoln's half sister], not seeking higher military pay, receiving sugar from home, prediction about Lincoln and the future election, asking his daughter, Helen, to not attend school but help teach her younger siblings to read and write.

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                                                  Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

                                                  Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

                                                  Date:  1864-11-20

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include the safe return home of their deceased child’s picture, Lucien's refusal of the hand of peace and friendship from Rutherford, discomforts of camp life but making do as best he can, eating well, description of Rutherford’s current labors in the Division Hospital, and his discontent for those soldiers pretending to be ill.

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