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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:   Asa P. Blunt

    Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

    Date:  1863-02-12

    Resource type:   correspondence

    A pass for Lt. Col. Roswell Farnham, G. G. Benedict, and Mary Farnham to go to Washington signed by Asa P. Blunt, Col. Commanding at Wolf Run Shoals, Va.

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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:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

        Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

        Date:  1861-07-28

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include Benjamin F. Parmenter's negative opinion of an attack ( the first battle of Bull Run--see letter 3).

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          Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

          Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

          Date:  1861-08-08

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the regiment being located at Bush Hill Camp, rumors that they may join up with another brigade, more discussion of the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Parmenter's low opinions of the regiments officers,and his disappointment in the treatment of the soldiers.

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            Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

            Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

            Date:  1861-10-29

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the policy of the war department to not allow anyone to go home regardless of their circumstances,enquiries about home, Parmenter's growing disillusion with the Army, and a discussion about "the Southern confederacy is a fixed fact."

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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:  1863-10-04

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  A long letter with topics including the deaths of Mr. Robinson and Otis, commenting on other news from home, dress parade, Bradford's good health, pickets being posted, the prediction of no hard battles, a request for clothing from home, and the rebels posted in a strong position.

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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 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 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:  1863-10-12

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Two letters ; Oct 12 and Oct 15 ; topics include retreating from Culpepper to Rappahannock Station, the enemy's closeness, anticipation of a battle, money sent home was received, long marches every day.

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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:  1864-04-06

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Writes of suffering from diarrhea, wanting to subscribe to the local newspaper call the Repository, commenting on the sugar orchard at home and mentions Gen. Grant.

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                                  Title:   Charles Dillingham to William Wirt Henry

                                  Creator:  Dillingham, Charles, b. 1837

                                  Date:  1861-08-16

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Writes of wishing to be sent food such as dried beef, cheese, pickles, maple sugar, crackers. Mentions Bush Hill, camping in rainy weather with everything they had being wet, brigade review by General Smith, discontent among the officers. In need of recruits.

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                                    Title:   Charles Dillingham to William Wirt Henry

                                    Creator:  Dillingham, Charles, b. 1837

                                    Date:  1861-08-26

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    August 26, 1861 from Great Falls Maryland. Writes of furloughs and discharges not being granted without good cause, illness among the men including measles, duty guarding the river, good fishing, having acquired a horse, quarters in an old hotel with creature comforts.

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                                      Title:   Charles Dillingham to William Wirt Henry

                                      Creator:  Dillingham, Charles, b. 1837

                                      Date:  1861-08-28

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Writes of authority to enlist 40 men, Lt. Hoyt to go to Vermont to recruit instead of Charles Dillingham, need for good men, will try to discharge from the record those men who have died, were ordered to be in light marching order. May be to attack rebel camp across the river at Falls Church, some illness among the men.

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                                        Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Family

                                        Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

                                        Date:  1861-10-06

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include anticipation of a battle in Virginia and requests for some items from home.

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                                          Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Family

                                          Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

                                          Date:  1861-11-16

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include the number of men who have either died or are sick in the regiment, the success at Port Royal, and the arrest of the Confederate Ministers to Europe, Mason and Slidell.

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                                            Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Mary Bancroft

                                            Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

                                            Date:  1862-02-16

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include Charles Bancroft's health, the food that is being cooked in camp, and the capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn. Bancroft wasn't involved in it, but the fall of Ft. Donelson reminds him that his tour of duty, if not the whole war, may be over by year's end. Bancroft sounds more confident as a soldier (enjoys picketing) and is certain he could serve another two years if asked.

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                                              Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Parents

                                              Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

                                              Date:  1861-12-20

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Topics include items received from home and events surrounding a bottle of brandy that was stolen.

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                                                Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to Smiley Bancroft

                                                Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

                                                Date:  1861-12-31

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include picket guard, description of camp life, and a prediction of the future of the war.

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                                                  Title:   Charles F. Bancroft to [Family]

                                                  Creator:  Bancroft, Charles F., 1835-1862

                                                  Date:  1861-10-02

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include setting up a choir at camp and organizing the sale of Vermont butter.

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