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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:   Albert A. May to Friends

Creator:  May, Albert A.

Date:  1863-03-09

Resource type:   correspondence

Writing from White Oak Church, Bell Plains, Va. topics include being in good health, the warm spring weather, a year since the Army of the Potomac started their summer campaign, the army in good spirits, hoping that the 2nd Vt. will be lucky and be sent home, and the prediction that May only has fifteen months left in the service.

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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:  1861-10-12

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include Benjamin F. Parmenter's hospital stay and him enlisting his brother to take care of things at home.

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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:   Charles C. Canning to William Wirt Henry

              Creator:  Canning, Charles C., b. 1828

              Date:  1862-05-26

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the defeat of General Banks (Battle of Winchester, May 25) , the promotion of Lt. Col. Stannard, and the request to William Henry to raise a company so that Charles Canning may become a captain. Canning mentions orders from McClellan to prepare for "a bloody battle," but major fighting doesn't ensue until May 31st (Battle of Seven Pines, May 31), when Confederates take advantage of Union positions on the south side of the Chickahominy River.

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                Title:   Joseph Spafford to Mary Jane Spafford

                Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

                Date:  1861-12-08

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include Captain Atherton expected arrival in Cavendish to recruit men for the regiment, the sending of a photograph, reference to Laurence, the daguerreotype man from Chester who will be taking pictures of the 2nd Vermont Regiment.

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                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                  Date:  1861-08-17

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the sacrifice made by all the soldiers, the Vermont 2nd Regiment at Bull Run, and the fight but up by the Zouaves and the New York 69th Regiment.

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                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                    Date:  1861-08-27

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include the promotion of Lt. Col. Hyde to Col., Wheelock G. Veazey to Lt. Col., and Seaver to Major.

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