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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:   Battle of Big Bethal, Va June 10th, 1861

Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include a map that shows various maneuvers of Farnham's company; inaccuracies in the newspaper account of the Battle of Big Bethel; and various ailments, aches & pains endured during the march.

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    Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

    Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

    Date:  1861-07-10

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the regiment moving to Virginia.

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      Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Family

      Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., d. 1862

      Date:  1862-04-06

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include taking possession of Shelman's Mill, the men killed and wounded by the Rebels, and an account of brief skirmishes. Bancroft describes abandoned Rebel fortifications and odd items left behind. Senses that greater fighting is about to begin, and indeed, the so-called siege of Yorktown, Va. dates from this period. In a lighter moment, Bancroft expresses his gratitude for the green tea he received from home: "there is nothing better for a soldier on a march than a cup of tea."

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        Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria E. Howe

        Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

        Date:  1863-05-11

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Letter includes a poetic description of nature, contrasting with itthe blight of slavery, and his hope for the end of the war. It also includes ruminations on death in the field versus a natural death at home. As well, he writes of love. He then gives details of the health of his Company, including the news that Sergeant Beckwith was bitten by a snake, and mentions several visitors.

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          Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

          Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

          Date:  1862-11-15

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Writes how he and other chaplains are discouraged as their duties as ministers often can not be done as the men are often marching ; difficult to constantly hear profanity ; seeks prayers from folks at home, a caution at the end of the letter to not print this but perhaps convey his sentiments in other ways.

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            Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

            Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

            Date:  1862-11-20

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Regiment several days marching before reaching camp near the Aquia Creek, names various commanders in charge of the corps, newspaper informed him of the death of General Israel Richardson (wounded in Battle of Antietam in Maryland, Sept. 17, 1862, died Nov. 3, 1862)

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              Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

              Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

              Date:  1862-05-11

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the hardships George W. Quimby is enduring, a brief account of fighting on the 6th of May (Battle of Williamsburg, Va.). Quimby describes "the horrid scenes of war": dead and dying soldiers in the aftermath of battle. Mentions generals Smith, Hancock, Sumner, Hooker, and Magruder.

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                Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

                Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                Date:  1862-11-30

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include George W. Quimby giving advice to his sister on whether or not to sell her house and the location of the regiment. Also, some grumblings about "that imbecile cabinet in Washington" and the post-McClellan command.

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                  Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

                  Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                  Date:  1862-09-13

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the hardships of war, the unfairness between the men who are at home and those that are fighting, and the progress of George W. Quimby’s recuperation. Mentions a long march "on a certain Sunday" from Charles City C. H. (Court House) across the Chickahominy River.

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                    Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

                    Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                    Date:  1862-07-12

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include an account of a battle starting on the 27th of June (Battle of Gaines' Mill/First Cold Harbor/Chickahominy). Quimby mentions some explosions that surprisingly caused less harm than expected. Difficulties include long marches, usually at night; surprise attacks; and water deprivation.

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                      Title:   George W. Quimby to Mother

                      Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                      Date:  1862-09-21

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include the improvement of George W. Quimby’s health and a description of the heaps of dead, unburied Rebels on the battlefields. These were casualties of the Battle of Antietam Creek (Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1862), considered one of the bloodiest days of the war.

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                        Title:   George W. Quimby to Parents

                        Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                        Date:  1862-11-14

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include rumors of an upcoming march and the suspension of General McClellan. (Major Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside would assume command of the Army of the Potomac.) Quimby still hoping to receive a warm coat from home.

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                          Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                          Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                          Date:  1861-10-26

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Writes from Camp Griffin, Va, Smith's Division of camp life in general, of good food, of having been in several military advances since he last wrote, marching from Chain Bridge towards Lewinsville, "Sesesh" soldiers brought in with one having been said to have preached teh funeral service of Jackson and worth a lot of money, Picket Guard, Brigade Guard and sister's husband's health.

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                            Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                            Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                            Date:  1861-12-25

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include the journey to Washington and rations.

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                              Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                              Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                              Date:  1862-04-20

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include the journey from Harpers Ferry to Newmarket, reference to General Banks division, detailed description of the suicide of Major Colins' Colonel, Michigan Calvary refusing to obey orders to charge the enemy, the Calvary rode away, mention of Lieut Col Kellogg and a Col Ashby, an encounter with the rebels that resulted in three rebel deaths and two rebel prisoners, getting pay.

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                                Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                Date:  1862-08-14

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Six miles south of Culpeper (Virginia) two letters included dated Aug 15 and Aug 15. Topics include an exchange of fire near the Orange Court House, the numerous rebel deaths, injuries, and prisoners, and another terrible battle at Culpeper with references to Jackson, Banks and John Pope.

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                                  Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                  Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                  Date:  1861-12-29

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include the journey from Washington to Anapolis, Maryland and an account of a runaway slave.

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                                    Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                    Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                    Date:  1862-03-13

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include marching from Camp Griffin to camp near Flint Hill and the news that the regiment will continue on to Washington. This is the beginning of the Peninsula Campaign.

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                                      Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                      Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                      Date:  1862-03-16

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Wilder's location is titled "Sesesh Church," in Alexandria. "Sesesh," Wilder's phonetic spelling of "secesh," or "secessionist," suggests that the members of the church were Confederate sympathizers. Mentions Gen. George B. McClellan (recently relieved of his supreme command but still in charge of the Army of the Potomac) and the beginnings of the Peninsula Campaign, which involved patrolling the James and York rivers. Wilder expresses determination to fight for the Union cause.

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                                        Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                        Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                        Date:  1862-04-01

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include the route the regiment marched to arrive at camp near Newport News and a skirmish with the rebels coming down the river, firing at the coast.

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                                          Title:   Hiram H. Barton to [Melissa Barton]

                                          Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

                                          Date:  1862-09-11

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include the journey from Harrisons Landing to Fort Monroe, a fight at Bulls Run (aka 2nd Manassas), and the deaths of Thomas Covil and Lyman Morhouse.

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                                            Title:   John Lester Barstow to Laura

                                            Creator:  Barstow, John Lester, 1832-1913

                                            Date:  1863-05-16

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include moving up the Red River, on the march can not catch the Rebels on horseback, dealing with snakes, joining forces with General Grant and his campaign in regard to Port Hudson or Vicksburg, inquiries about the draft in Shelburne, wishing to be with family, the beauty of flower gardens at the residences, plenty of corn planted but folks in need of other goods, the murder of a soldier by another soldier (later confined as a lunatic), a surgeon administering medicine only to discover is was poisoned resulting in the death of five soldiers.

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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:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

                                                Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

                                                Date:  1863-07-19

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Writing from in the field up in the mountains near Snickers Gap, Virginia topics include marching to catch Gen. Robert E. Lee, pillage of livestock for food by some of the soldiers that include chickens and hogs from nearby farms as well as having fresh blackberries, sleeping on the wet ground, spending time looking at photographs of loved ones and poking fun at themselves in harsh living conditions.

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                                                  Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

                                                  Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

                                                  Date:  1863-07-27

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Writing a very brief letter from Warrenton, Virginia topics include the continuous marching, lack of food, the hardships the men are currently facing met with cheerfulness, moving on to Culpeper, then to Gordonsville and hopefully on to Richmond.

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