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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:   Joseph Spafford to Homer White

Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

Date:  1862-02-07

Resource type:   correspondence

Spafford writes to his friend Homer on topics including Typhoid Fever in the Regiment, friendship, camp life, Hancock’s Brigade [Winfield Scott Hancock], and answering his friend’s questions about joining the Regiment and fear of dying.

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    Title:   Joseph Spafford to Homer White

    Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

    Date:  1862-02-26

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include receiving marching orders for possible move out on Feb 27th but not knowing in what direction or where the soldiers are headed, whether the Army of the Potomac will move during heavy rain, a sick soldier's brother is providing medical care, and a visitor from Cavendish, Vt.

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      Title:   Joseph Spafford to Homer White

      Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

      Date:  1862-04-29

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Now in Carver Hospital in Washington, D.C. topics include military discharge, plans to meet Homer White in New York City and the wounding of Captain Atherton.

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        Title:   Joseph Spafford to Homer White

        Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

        Date:  1862-05-07

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Still writing from Carver Hospital in Washington D.C. topics include hoping to get his papers to go home to surprise his family, plans to meet Homer White in New York City and hopes that his friend Homer will come to Vermont with him.

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