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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:   Edward P. Stone to Family

Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

Date:  1861-11-18

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the death of William Fallon of Royalton from the measles.

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    Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

    Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

    Date:  1861-12-28

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the improving health of the men in the regiment and officers being ordered home to recruit for the brigade.

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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]-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:   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:  1862-12-23

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Stone's morale low ; discouragement of the soldiers after Fredericksburg ; Stone looking for a new chaplain’s position.

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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:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                Date:  1862-12-28

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Two letters dated Dec 28 and New Year's Day [1863] ; relates procedure and process by which allowed pass to travel to Washington with a soldier’s body, travel to Washington on the steamer Zepher, receiving parcels from home ; asking if $400 received.

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                  Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                  Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                  Date:  1863-03-19

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include visiting ministers, Colonel Tuttle resigning, Col. Barney in command, petition written up endorsing the Administration, Stone feeling better about his usefulness.

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                    Title:   Edward P. Stone to John F. Stone

                    Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                    Date:  1861-12-19

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include preparing for the funerals of the men who died from sickness.

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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:   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:   Letter to Rufus and Sebra Towle

                          Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                          Date:  1861-12-29

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          December 29, 1861. Topics include the health of the regiment in the cold weather (rheumatism, boils, homesickness), camp inspection, lack of presence of Chaplain except at religious services, and the prospect of battle.

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                            Title:   Valentine G. Barney to Maria Barney

                            Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                            Date:  [1861]-06-09

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Barney writes of camp equipment inspection, Sunday services held by Chaplain Stone, of being one of the singers during the service singing "Sweet Home", of receiving letters from home, of there being 4000 men, two men with the measles, of the arrival of the New York 4th Regiment and Hawkins Zouaves, of camp duties.

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                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                              Date:  [1861]-10-04

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include General Hancock being in command of the 1st Brigade.

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                                Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                Date:  1863-06-14

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Writes of rumors & the possibility of raids by the Rebels, a wedding between a corporal in the 10th Vermont and a Maryland woman, General Milroy’s retreat from Winchester by Ewell, the massing of Confederate troops across the river ; Mosby mentioned to have 500 men with him, challenges the accuracy of newspaper reporting compared to his account of military action.

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                                  Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                                  Date:  1863-12-12

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Barney writes of gifts given to his wife, Maria, and daughter Carrie by his cousin, Silas L. Griffith of Danby, and also of his attempt to buy a horse in Vermont from George but $300 asking price too high. He also writes of a storm that blew down the Chaplain’s tent, how the officers’ winter quarters are progressing & eating well with food available.

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