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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:   George W. Quimby to Sister

Creator:  Quimby, George W.

Date:  1861-10-31

Resource type:   correspondence

Writes from Camp Griffin, Va. Smith's Division of consoling his sister Emeline on the death of her husband and how she should start taking care of the estate cautioning her about who she may trust and those town folks she should not be influenced by.

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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:  1861-12-07

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Va. of a scouting and foraging expedition of 30,000 men whereby corn, hay and wood were obtained, of the death of Fenton on November 29th, of few meetings held by the Chaplain who is not very well thought of and of visiting the sick in the hospital.

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        Title:   Martha to Amanda Hayward

        Date:  1862-08-16

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include condolences for Wilder's death.

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          Title:   Merrill F. Samson to A. Hayward

          Creator:  Samson, Merrill F.

          Date:  1862-07-18

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the death of Wilder; and his friend Merrill sending condolences to Wilder's mother. Wilder may have died during the Battle of Malvern Hill, which concluded the Seven Days Campaign; or in any number of skirmishes that occurred in early July.

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            Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

            Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

            Date:  1863-05-31

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Letter discusses the health of his son, Ferdie, and the impending death of the wife of Sergeant Davis, who is at the camp. He also writes of the limits of their forces which are stretched along a 25 mile area, reference to Capt. Dillingham, Col. Jewett, of watching for Lee's army, possible promotions and photographs he is sending home of fellow officers.

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              Title:   [B. Murray?] to Aunt

              Creator:  Murray, B.

              Date:  1862-08-09

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the army photographs of Wilder being sent to his family.

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                Title:   [Frances] E. Carter to Grammama

                Creator:  Carter, Frances E.

                Date:  1862-07-31

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Wilder's niece writes a letter of condolence to her grandmother for his death.

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                  Title:   [Frankie?] to Mother

                  Date:  ?-?-?

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  A poem, "Death of H. H. Wilder," written by Frankie, presumably Wilder's nephew.

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