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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:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

Date:  1862-08-13

Resource type:   correspondence

A brief letter writing from camp in Brattleboro, Vt. topics include the birth of Henry's baby boy and a possible promotion to Major.

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    Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

    Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

    Date:  1862-08-15

    Resource type:   correspondence

    A very brief letter from Camp Washburn topics include inquiries after the well being of his baby boy and the anticipated promotion to Major.

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      Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

      Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

      Date:  1862-08-18

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Writing from Camp Bradley (later Camp Holbrook) in Brattleboro, Vt. topics include anxious to see his baby boy, continued anticipation of appointment to Major and as acting Adjutant for 11th Regt.until Mr. Curtis of Burlington arrives.

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        Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

        Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

        Date:  1862-08-22

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the poor health of William Henry's sister Katie and the appointment of Acting Major.

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          Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

          Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

          Date:  1862-08-24

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include being put in charge of the 10th Regiment for a few days, William Henry's wish to go home to see his family, the duties of being a Major, feeling very proud of his military promotion, Dress Parade well attended by some 400 to 500 people including Mr. Cummings who was Speaker of the House.

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            Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

            Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

            Date:  1862-[09]-17

            Resource type:   correspondence

            A brief letter telling of marching to the Maryland side of the Potomac River, guarding the river from Senaca Creek to Edwards Ferry, of a victory against the rebels, of having a horse to ride to enjoy the countryside and fresh vegetables to eat.

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              Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

              Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

              Date:  1862-09-20

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include reflecting on Katie's death and William Henry being in command of five companies and five miles of the Potomac River along Seneca Creek.

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                Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                Date:  1862-09-24

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include the good health of the regiment, him having a good bay horse as he needs to ride 15 miles to visit all the pickets and the need for friends and family in a time of loss.

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                  Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                  Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                  Date:  1862-09-28

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Writing from his camp in the field topics include a brief account of William Henry's day that includes living quarters with Company B, morning hygiene, breakfast, riding his horse to visit a company and give a lecture picket duty, visiting another officer to discuss matters, a good dinner and ride back to his headquarters. Also inquiries about his family.

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                    Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                    Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                    Date:  1862-10-05

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include being at camp at Seneca Locks, Md., sorrow over the death of his sister, how he likes being the major of the regiment, guarding a supply depot on the Potomac canal, and a religious service by the regimental chaplain.

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                      Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                      Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                      Date:  1862-10-09

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      A brief letter mentioning receiving letters from home, that he is in good health, states that folks back home get more regular news updates than he does.

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                        Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                        Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                        Date:  1862-10-13

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Expresses big disappointment about preparing for a raid by Confederate General Jeb Stuart that never happened due to a Union military blunder, a pontoon bridge at Edward's Ferry (between Virginia and Maryland), mentions the names of several men regarding sickness in the regiment's companies, sends kisses to his children.

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                          Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                          Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                          Date:  1862-10-19

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Two letters included (Oct 19 and Oct 21). Writes of the possibility of the officers bring their wives to visit when the regiment goes into winter camp, being part of a new brigade, his name being submitted to fill the vacant Lieutenant Colonel’s position, glad to receive the daily journal from home.

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                            Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                            Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                            Date:  1862-10-26

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Two letters dated Oct 26 and Oct 28, asking his wife not to be depressed over him being gone, who his mess mates are (Col. Jewett, Surgeon Willard Augustus Childe, Dr. Joseph Chase Rutherford, Almon Clark, Quartermaster A. B. Valentine, Sutler Reed Bascom & Sutler George Skiff), having a kitchen and dinning room in his current log cabin, having a stewed rabbit for dinner, and family matters.

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                              Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                              Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                              Date:  1862-11-02

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Brief letter stating receiving a letter from his wife with photographs, his being promoted to lieutenant colonel, and hearing fighting in the distance.

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                                Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                Date:  1862-11-02

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Writes as cannon fire shakes the ground in camp, speculates that this a big battle (There was a naval assault on Fort McAllister), reflects on hoping this battle will help end the war, is acting Lt. Col., wonders who might replace him as major, sickness in camp, and family matters including receiving photographs of his wife.

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                                  Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                  Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                  Date:  1862-11-15

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Brief letter stating he has been in charge of the Regiment since the Colonel is gone to Washington to get his wife, Henry camped 13 miles from Washington to which he will go to get money and request a furlough to be home for Thanksgiving.

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                                    Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                    Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                    Date:  1862-11-23

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Writes of wanting to go home to see his wife or her coming to the camp in Md., how muddy it is in camp, knows soldiers in the Advance are marching, suffering from cold, rain & mud while he has a comfortable tent, wanting the war to end quickly, the health of the regiment is better, wishing for more letters from home.

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                                      Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                      Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                      Date:  1862-11-25

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include having his leave of absence denied, disappointed but being philosophical about it, wanting to get a photograph of himself as a Lieutenant Colonel to send home, and family matters.

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                                        Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                        Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                        Date:  1862-11-30

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Heart broken he not with wife for Thanksgiving, Capt. Dillingham rounding up Marylanders for the draft, a report on the health of several members or the regiment, anxious for letters from home.

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                                          Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                          Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                          Date:  1862-12-02

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          A very short note stating he will send recent photographs of himself home for wife to distribute as she see fit, photo negative exists and more photos can be made if desired, reference to Capt. Dillingham and letter from Sister Katie Parker.

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                                            Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                            Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                            Date:  [1862-12-14]

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            News that the battle of Fredericksburg was a Union victory, how much he misses his wife, news that photographs he sent home were received, and the ill health of several members of the regiment.

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                                              Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                              Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                              Date:  1862-12-16

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Family matters, ill health of the children with whooping cough, remedies recommended by the surgeon (sulphuric ether), rebels coming close the night before and taking prisoners, and the health of one of the members of the regiment.

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                                                Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                                Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                                Date:  1862-12-19

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Family matters, acknowledging the battle of Fredericksburg was a Union loss, health of several members of the regiment, and the possibility of an encounter with rebel cavalry, General McClellan in command of the Army of the Potomac, soldiers happy about that, reference to Confederate Elijah V. White's calvary.

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                                                  Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                                  Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                                  Date:  1862-12-28

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Change of camp location to Monocacy, letters in the mail not catching up with him, getting a new servant named Johnny Cole of Walden, Vt., having Christmas dinner with a local citizen named Trundell a Southerner (perhaps same as Mr. Trundle that Joseph Rutherford helped heal) but who wishes good relations with Union so his chickens & loose property will not be stolen), a slave (contraband) coming into camp & taken as a servant to the Lieut, speculation on who will command the brigade, and that he is in good health.

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