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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 F. Davis to Smiley Bancroft

Creator:  Davis, George F., 1815-1901

Date:  1862-05-07

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the death of Charles Bancroft while on the "Propeller Richard Willing" and an account of his possessions. The quartermaster's tone is remarkably sympathetic even while addressing official business.

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    Title:   George F. Davis to Smiley Bancroft

    Creator:  Davis, George F., 1815-1901

    Date:  1862-05-18

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include plans to return Charles Bancroft's possessions to his father. One senses that the quartermaster is defending the military's hospital care in response to a complaint from Bancroft's father.

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      Title:   Horatio P. Bruce to Smiley Bancroft

      Creator:  Bruce, Horatio P.,

      Date:  1862-06-26

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the death of Charles Bancroft from typhoid fever, the sickness of other men in the company, and that the fall of Richmond will bring the war to an end. Like many other writers, he refers to McClellan's reluctance to deploy his massive army.

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        Title:   Warren E. Bliss to Smiley Bancroft

        Creator:  Bliss, Warren E., 1840-1930

        Date:  1862-06-19

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include moving to camp near the Chickahominy, anticipation of a battle at Richmond, the capture of Fort Darling, a description of the Battle of Fair Oaks, and the death of Charles Bancroft. Topics include moving to camp near the Chickahominy, anticipation of a battle at Richmond, the capture of Fort Darling, a description of the Battle of Fair Oaks, and the death of Charles Bancroft. Use of hot air balloons in reconnaissance is mentioned, as is the observation that many plantations are deserted by their owners and run by slaves, Gen. McClellan threatened to turn every "White House" (plantation) into a hospital.

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