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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:   Henry A. Smith to Frances E. Smith

Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

Date:  1864-02-28

Resource type:   correspondence

Short note written to tell his sister that he has been moved to the hospital in Richmond and that he is sick with dysentery. Henry died the next day.

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    Title:   Henry W. Spafford to Clarissa A. Smith

    Creator:  Spafford, Henry W., 1840-1911

    Date:  1864-05-16

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Letter written by Spafford to Mrs. Clarissa A. Smith, the mother of Henry A. Smith regarding the death of her son, Hnery A. Smith in the hospital in Richmond, giving details of the conditions there, both about the physicians and how prisoners were buried. Spafford gives Mrs. Smith contact information in order to be in touch with the Ward Master Sergt Jacob Saftig Co. G 4th K.Y. Cav. in the hopes of him being able to give Mrs. Smith more information about Smith's final hours.

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      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

      Date:  1862-02-18

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the warm, muddy weather, the success of the Burnsides Expedition, the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, and the possibility of either marching to Manassas and on to Richmond or back to Vermont.

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        Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

        Date:  1862-05-18

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the hard marching to a camp owned by the rebel Colonel Lee and requests for items to be sent from home.

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          Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

          Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

          Date:  1865-04-16

          Resource type:   correspondence

          A poem entitled "Battle of Cedar Creek" and a letter to his sister, Lois, that includes a description of the fighting the 6th Vt Vols. was involved with starting April 1st and leading to the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865.

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            Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

            Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

            Date:  1865-06-03

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include marching to Washington from Richmond, sightseeing in Richmond, the possibility of a review, and rumors about an attempt by the Governor of Vermont to get the old Brigade home all at once, though Williams doesn’t think this likely.

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              Title:   Solomon G. Heaton to Mother

              Creator:  Heaton, Solomon G.

              Date:  1864-05-12

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Writes of battle casualties that include Elbrige, George, Emery, and Captain Buck being wounded, the death of Git Porter, he working in a military hospital in Fredericksburg as a Cook and the expected fall of Richmond.

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