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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:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Albin Beard

Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

Date:  [1861-10-06]

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the cleanliness of the camp and the arrival of Wheelock G. Veazey’s horse.

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    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Albin Beard, Albin Beard to Wheelock G. Veazey

    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898; Beard, Albin

    Date:  [1861]-09-08

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the assignment of Wheelock G. Veazey’s regiment to the post of honor within their division of the army.

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      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

      Date:  1861-07-21

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include a description of a riot Wheelock G. Veazey was in charge of dissipating because of the absence of Colonel Hyde.

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        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

        Date:  1861-08-14

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the cold weather in camp and one of the corporals cutting off his thumb.

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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:  1861-08-18

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include plans to capture a company in Virginia, the danger the Capitol is in according to General Smith, and the preventative steps being taken to protect it.

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              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

              Date:  [1861]-08-21

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the safe return of the company from an expedition.

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                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                Date:  1861-08-25

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey being in command of the Regiment for about a week, scouting Virginia, and General Smith making recommendations for Lt. Col. Hyde to be promoted to Col. and Wheelock G. Veazey to be promoted to Lt. Col.

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                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                  Date:  1861-09-01

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include Butler’s victory and an overview of all the promotions in the Regiment.

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                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                    Date:  1861-09-06

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include advancements made by the Regiment although they have not seen any action yet.

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                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                      Date:  [1861]-09-14

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey’s position as field officer of the day, the lack of sleep the soldiers are experiencing, and the ease with which the Rebels could attack the Regiment.

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                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                        Date:  [1861]-09-22

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include an attack made on the Californians and a counterattack, as well as Wheelock G. Veazey’s personal opinion on the difference between killing a rebel and murder.

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                          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                          Date:  1861-10-20

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include the toll the war is taking on the wives, mothers, and sisters of soldiers, the lack of awareness by Northerners, and a discussion of Gen. McClellan.

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                            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                            Date:  [1861]-11-17

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include the predicted end of secessionism and the anticipation of a “magnificent” battle.

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                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                              Date:  [1861]-11-23

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include the disappointment about the week passing without an attack and on a personal note Wheelock G. Veazey’s feelings of jealousy concerning his wife.

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                                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                Date:  [1861]-11-26

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include a package that arrived from home, a new General who served in Florida through the Mexican War, and Wheelock G. Veazey telling his wife Julia A. Veazey how much he loves and misses her.

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                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                  Date:  [1861]-12-01

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include a brief description of the Thanksgiving celebrations and a description of a trip to Washington.

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                                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                    Date:  1861-12-04

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey telling his wife Julia A. Veazey how much he loves and misses her.

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                                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                      Date:  [1861]-12-09

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey telling his wife Julia A. Veazey how much he loves and misses her.

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                                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                        Date:  1861-12-15

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey’s dismay that some people from home believe the pay soldiers receive should be decreased.

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                                          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                          Date:  [1861]-12-[23]

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include Captain Atherton recruiting for the 4th Vermont Regiment and General Phelps making a “fool” out of himself.

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                                            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                            Date:  1862-01-09

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include military matters (court martial, foraging, picket duty) and disgust with the Congress, administration, government and fears the nation's downfall.

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                                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                              Date:  1862-07-13

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Still at Harrison's Landing and writing to Julia now in Boston topics include improved health of the men, the resignation of Major Seaver and Major Proctor, and Wheelock Veazey saying when he leaves the army he will not yet be fit for business, laments that if he does not get a regiment he will resign from service, is distraught about the politicians, corruption of the army, and gives a brief mention of women with the army.

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                                                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                                Date:  1862-07-26

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Writing from camp near Harrison's Landing Veazey expresses his opinions about the high cost of fruit and vegetables, government controlled transportation and difficulty of getting around, the poor health of Veazey’s father-in-law, and his poor impression of President Lincoln of being an "Old Betty." On the bright side, his camp and men are clean and doing well.

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                                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                                  Date:  1862-08-12

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Writing from camp near Harrison's Landing, Veazey laments of life as a soldier, being tired of war, of feeling soldiers will not be fit for civilian life, of the waters of Saratoga will benefit his father-in-law's health, of high cost of living.

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