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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:   Salmon Dutton to John Wolcott Phelps

Creator:  Dutton, Salmon

Date:  1861-09-07

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include Salmon Dutton requesting the position of Brig. Gen. John Wolcott Phelps' "Aides de Camp". Dutton outlines at length his military experience and with whom he has served. Mentions General William F. Smith, Col. Barker, Captain Tuttle, Major General McClellan, General King.

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    Title:   Thomas H. Halsey to John Wolcott Phelps

    Creator:  Halsey, Thomas H.

    Date:  1861-09-05

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include John Wolcott Phelps' pay as Colonel for the 1st Vermont Volunteers and as Brigadier General once he accepts the position.

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      Title:   W. C. Holbrook to John Wolcott Phelps

      Creator:  Holbrook, W. C.

      Date:  1863-04-18

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include investigation of the 7th Vermont Regiment's role in the Battle of Baton Rouge, and the suggestion to bring charges against General Butler. The writer, Col. Holbrook, apologizes for not representing the regiment as well as he could have, were he more experienced in the Courts of Inquiry. Holbrook mentions "a good deal of marching and counter marching" in the Baton Rouge area.

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        Title:   W. C. Holbrook to John Wolcott Phelps

        Creator:  Holbrook, W. C.

        Date:  1861-11-25

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include Lt. W. C. Holbrook of the 4th Vermont Regiment planning to meet Brig. Gen. John Wolcott Phelps at Old Point but must wait for orders from Gen. McClellan first.

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          Title:   W. C. Holbrook to John Wolcott Phelps

          Creator:  Holbrook, W. C.

          Date:  1861-11-25

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include Lt. Adjt. W. C. Holbrook of the 4th Vermont Regiment requesting from Captain Mundee an order to report to Brig. Gen. John Wolcott Phelps at Old Point, Virginia as Aid de Camp.

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            Title:   W. C. Holbrook to John Wolcott Phelps

            Creator:  Holbrook, W. C.

            Date:  1861-11-29

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the Command General denying Lt. Adjt. W. C. Holbrook's request and W. C. Holbrook asking Brig. Gen. John Wolcott Phelps to order W. C. Holbrook to report to him.

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              Title:   [C. W.] Seaton to John Wolcott Phelps

              Creator:  Seaton, C. W.

              Date:  1861-11-09

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the nomination of Governor Holbrook for the Lieut-Colonelcy of the 1st Regiment Berdan's Sharp Shooters and John Wolcott Phelps' opinion of nominating Captain Ripley of Rutland for the position instead.

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                Title:   [Harry N.] Worthen to John Wolcott Phelps

                Creator:  Worthen, Harry N.

                Date:  1861-06-02

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Writes from Camp Butler, Newport News, Virginia. Topics include a report of the hospital and a list of names of the sick men and names of the steward and attendants. Mentions Fort Monroe, the unsanitary conditions of the hospital, how the sick men have been neglected by the steward and attendants.

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                  Title:   [Lamuay] to John Wolcott Phelps

                  Creator:  [Lamuay]

                  Date:  1861-05-25

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include errors in Colonel Phelps' rolls and a special order allowing Colonel Phelps to decide where the 1st Regiment Vermont Volunteer Militia will camp.

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                    Title:   [Lawrence] D. Clark, [William] W. Pelton, [Hiram] E. Perkins, [Dudley K.] Andross, [Oscar S.] Tuttle, [William] H. Boynton, [Joseph] Bush, [David B.] Peck, [Eben S.] Hayward, and Wm. Y. W. Ripley to John Wolcott Phelps

                    Creator:  Clark, Lawrence D.; Pelton, William W.; Perkins, Hiram E.; Andross, Dudley K.; Tuttle, Oscar S.; Boynton, William H.; Bush, Joseph; Peck, David B.; Hayward, Eben S.; Ripley, Wm. Y. W.

                    Date:  1861-05-16

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include the commanding officers of the 1st Regiment of the Vermont Volunteer Militia requesting the 1st Regiment be allowed to stay at the Willard Hotel.

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                      Title:   [Le Grand B. Cannon] to John Wolcott Phelps

                      Creator:  Cannon, Le Grand B.

                      Date:  1862-10-15

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include General Phelps returning to Vermont and addressing members of the Legislature. (Phelps resigned his commission Aug. 21, 1862 after Washington rejected his recruitment of African Americans to fight for the Union.) Cannon invites Phelps to visit him to talk about the war.

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