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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:   George W. Quimby to Sister

Creator:  Quimby, George W.

Date:  1861-10-26

Resource type:   correspondence

Writes from Camp Griffin, Va, Smith's Division of camp life in general, of good food, of having been in several military advances since he last wrote, marching from Chain Bridge towards Lewinsville, "Sesesh" soldiers brought in with one having been said to have preached teh funeral service of Jackson and worth a lot of money, Picket Guard, Brigade Guard and sister's husband's health.

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    Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

    Creator:  Quimby, George W.

    Date:  1861-10-31

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Writes from Camp Griffin, Va. Smith's Division of consoling his sister Emeline on the death of her husband and how she should start taking care of the estate cautioning her about who she may trust and those town folks she should not be influenced by.

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      Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

      Creator:  Quimby, George W.

      Date:  1861-11-30

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Writes to sister Emeline B. Masta from Camp Griffin, Va of a description of a Grand Review by Gen. McClellan and staff with Pres. Abraham Lincoln in attendance, marching to Bailey's Cross Roads, expedition to Fairfax Court House for grain, receipt of quilt and pillow, death of two men from disease, reference to Thanksgiving Day

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        Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

        Creator:  Quimby, George W.

        Date:  1861-12-13

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Writes to his sister Emeline about setting up camp for the winter in the woods that is proving to be a comfortable place, of being in good health, the leaving of Sargent Barney Robinson due to lameness.

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          Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

          Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

          Date:  1862-09-24

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include Henry Smith losing his horse, camp punishment of John H. Willard for disobeying an order, and the numerous men who were wounded and killed.

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            Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

            Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

            Date:  1861-12-25

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the journey to Washington and rations.

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              Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

              Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

              Date:  1862-01-10

              Resource type:   correspondence

              From Annapolis, Maryland topics include the welcoming in New York City, pay soon and to be in Treasury notes, description and conditions at the camp in Annapolis, 21 horses of the regiment's that died in transport or in the mud since leaving Burlington and a list of items wanted and what type of box they are to be put in.

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                Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include Henry Smith receiving his payment, a request for some items from home, and the bad weather in Annapolis.

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                  Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                  Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                  Date:  1862-03-30

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the journey from Annapolis to Harpers Ferry, Henry Smith's good health, liking the hand made shirt he received from home very much, keeps his brandy with him, burning of the post office by the Confederates, requests more postage stamps.

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                    Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                    Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                    Date:  1862-10-04

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include encamping near Alexandria, an update on the health of Lant Blake and Gene, his unable to mail a gun home for his younger siblings, the large loss of the rebels at Orange Court House, a request for boots and gloves from home and a comment that army issue are not worth what the soldiers have to pay for them.

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                      Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                      Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                      Date:  1862-10-11

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      From camp near Alexandria, Va topics include the bad weather, the continuous firing of shots from the Washington Navy Yard, enjoys watching the new recruits, the prediction that Lant Blake will not live, still requesting boots and apples.

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                        Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                        Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                        Date:  1862-11-28

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include the arrival of the package from home that had includes apples and chicken but those were eaten by Jarvis Wentworth, pictures of relatives received, admiration of his new boots, Henry Smith's friend Fenney hoping to become his brother-in-law, and the death of a boy names Henry Holt of Hartland, gives advice on how to best care for a horse.

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                          Title:   Henry A. Smith to Friends

                          Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                          Date:  1861-11-16

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include the snow in Burlington and the difficulties caused by the weather.

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                            Title:   Henry A. Smith to Mother

                            Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                            Date:  1862-12-05

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Two letters one dated Dec 5th and one 6th. Topics include the snowy weather, Henry Smith's good health, and the difficult times the men who were drafted will face.

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                              Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                              Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                              Date:  1861-10-22

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Henry writes of having his military pay make interest, of a fight that had taken place and General Johnston was taken prisoner, of his health being better, of a soldier's discharge due to fever sore on his leg, of a woman named Marion and of a lot of letter writing being done by the soldiers.

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                                Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                Date:  1861-?-29

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Va. of being in good health, of having gained ten pounds, of sleeping well, of having a comfortable bed and coverings, of the burial service of two men held by the Chaplain and of Fenton ill with the measles.

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                                  Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                  Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                  Date:  1862-01-17

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include a request for Wilder's mother to send him papers, envelopes, butter, cheese, sausage, and any other essential items.

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                                    Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                    Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                    Date:  1862-01-26

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include marching orders, the cold weather, and the way the regiment sets up their guns so they are always ready. The order to march probably refers to Lincoln's General War Order No. 1, an attempt to prod his generals to act. By "Chatilerz" Wilder may have meant "chattelers," or those assigned the duty of moving war materiel.

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                                      Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                      Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                      Date:  1862-06-11

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include clarifying things that were written home about Merrill, what Wilder will do once he leaves the army alive, and a man named Damon Hunter returning home after having his leg amputated. One Civil War chronology notes on this date "little or no action on the main front in Virginia along the Chickahominy."

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                                        Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                        Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                        Date:  1861-12-17

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Henry requests food items of sausages, a chicken pie, and cheese, writes that Merrill wants his mother to stuff 5 chickens, bake them and freeze them and send them in a box, of he and Merrill going to be tent mates.

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                                          Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                          Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                          Date:  1862-02-11

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include the regiment remaining at Camp Griffin and Wilder asking his mother's opinion on him and Merrion entering the regular scouts for five years.

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                                            Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                            Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                            Date:  1862-03-?

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include the preparations to march and then the order was countermanded. Mentions "the box" of supplies from home.

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                                              Title:   Henry L. Terry to John W. Campbell

                                              Creator:  Terry, Henry L., 1820-1885

                                              Date:  1861-10-21

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Topics include encamping at Lee's Mill, twelve miles from Washington, close to the Rebels.

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                                                Title:   Hiram H. Barton to Melissa Barton

                                                Creator:  Barton, Hiram H., 1836-1903

                                                Date:  1861-12-15

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include the number of men in the Regiment, the clothes they received for the first six months, and a description of the barracks.

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                                                  Title:   Ira A. Marshall to William Wirt Henry

                                                  Creator:  Marshall, Ira A., d. 1893

                                                  Date:  1862-06-08

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include camping at Harrison's Landing, Virginia on the James River, makes reference to regiments and companies losing men, the names of men wounded and their injuries in Company D, makes reference to a battle (maybe Battle of Seven Pines [Fair Oaks]??), several officers resigning, the high cost of food, and the slight sickness of Ira Marshall.

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