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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:   Charles C. Gregg to William Wirt Henry

Creator:  Gregg, Charles C., 1832-1910

Date:  1862-05-28

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the expectation of a "big old fight" near Richmond (Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks, ended June 1st, 1862), and the report of a fight led by "Porter and Stonman" (Fitz John Porter and George Stoneman, both Union officers) against 17,000 rebels (actual number: 4,500). This was the Battle of Hanover Court House, 18 miles north of Richmond, on May 27th, 1862. Mentions the appointment of Col. George J. Stannard to lead the Vt. 9th Regiment.

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    Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

    Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

    Date:  1862-04-01

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the journey from Alexandria to Newport News.

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      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Warren Williams

      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

      Date:  1862-04-20

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include Lyman Williams coming down with a fever, an encounter with the rebels that left four men wounded, and the rebels' description of the Vermont regiment as dare devils. Stationery has an illustration of a "Vermont Boy," plus two verses of a song with the title "Vermont Soldier." The refrain, "Away down in Dixie," suggests an attempt to compete with the immortal southern song "Dixie."

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        Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Sister and Friends

        Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

        Date:  1862-06-22

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Camping in the field near Richmond topics include the weather in Virginia with food crops growing well in the hot temperatures, pickets conversing and trading papers, coffee, whiskey, fighting resulting in losses, reference to Rifle Pits, preparations for the Battle of Richmond, sickness among the soldiers.

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          Title:   Ransom W. Towle to [Family and Friends]

          Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

          Date:  1862-05-08

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Towle's regiment pursues the Rebels after finding their hasty departure from their camps. The men marched to the enemy's strong holds at Williamsburg, Virginia including Fort Magruder and a battle was fought. Killed and wounded reported. Soldiers had to endure heavy rain and muddy conditions. Some men did reconnaissance.

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            Title:   Ransom W. Towle to [Family and Friends]

            Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

            Date:  1862-06-14

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Still in the field near Richmond, Va topics include the Battle of Richmond being fought since May 31, soldiers wounded and killed by Rebel fire, shell fire by the Rebels, balloon reconnaissance.

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              Title:   Ransom W. Towle to [Family and Friends]

              Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

              Date:  1862-06-18

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Towle writes from the field near Richmond, Va on heavy firing between Union gun boats on James River and Fort Darlin, an exchange of fire with the enemy, the seemingly deterioration of Gen. McClellan's appearance and the arrest of Colonel Stoughton for not turning out with his regiment to in line of battle.

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                Title:   Theodore Barton to Sister

                Creator:  Barton, Theodore

                Date:  1862-09-29

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include the journey from Harrison's Landing to Boliver via Newport News and Alexandria. Names several wounded and deceased soldiers, perhaps known by his sister. Concludes with a somewhat gruesome description of "picnic."

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                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                  Date:  1862-06-07

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Writing somewhere near Richmond, Virginia topics include expression of sadness over the death of Captain William Parker Ainsworth of Nashua (May 30, 1862), a description of the Battle of Richmond (Peninsular Campaign), his praise for General McClellan and the reporting of the favorable opinion of François-Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Marie d'Orléans, prince de Joinville of the Yankees.

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                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                    Date:  1862-08-22

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Writing from Heigera Hotel at Fortress Monroe topics include marching to the fort, his feelings of how the Peninsular Campaign has been for naught, only for the loss of so many lives, storm postponing the division from moving, the resignation of Captain Atherton and reminding Julia of not to engage in flirtatious behavior.

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