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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:   Roswell Farnham to [Mary Farnham]

Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

Date:  1861-07-05

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include an encounter between the Zouaves and Rebels, flap-jacks and doughnuts in camp, an African-American prisoner by the name of Joe Wilson, the probability of not engaging in a fight, and the bugs and mosquitoes at camp.

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    Title:   Roswell Farnham to [Mary Farnham]

    Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

    Date:  1862-10-17

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include performing several hours of battalion drills and reviews, rumors that the regiment will remain in Washington through the winter, and inquiries about the people at home.

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      Title:   Roswell Farnham to [Mary Farnham]

      Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

      Date:  1862-10-23

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the improvement of Roswell Farnham’s foot injury, the cold weather at camp, and the number of regiments joining the camp.

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        Title:   Solomon G. Heaton to Mother

        Creator:  Heaton, Solomon G.

        Date:  1861-12-25

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include a brief account of Thanksgiving and Christmas at Camp Griffin.

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          Title:   Valentine G. Barney to Maria Barney

          Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

          Date:  1861-05-24

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the journey from Fort Monroe, Virginia to Hampton, the Secessionists setting fire to a bridge that lead to the village, the Colonel being asked to not molest, assault or otherwise interfere with the citizens of Hampton, mentions Sewells Point where the enemy had built a battery, reference to the state election about secession from the union, speaks of his love for his family.

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            Title:   Valentine G. Barney to Maria Barney

            Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

            Date:  [1861]-06-03

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Barney writes from Newport News, Virginia on the construction of a trench and accounts of alarms from the picket guard including a mule causing one of the alarms. Writes of the 2500 men, their disappointment at not being able to fire upon the Secessionists, fears the box from Swanton will not arrive at all, of the presence of 25 or 30 slaves, of horses, mules, dogs being brought in to camp, requests postage stamps and envelopes.

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              Title:   Valentine G. Barney to Maria Barney

              Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

              Date:  1861-06-19

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include an account of a day of camp life when the regiment is "not on labor", the receipt of a box from home with envelopes, postage stamps, Sunday School singing books, of the family.

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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]-08-02

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey telling his wife Julia A. Veazey how much he loves and misses her as well as the Regiment’s location on the banks of the Potomac near Washington.

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                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                      Date:  1861-08-09

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include the measures taken by the camp to secure their safety.

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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:  1861-09-11

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include a detachment that surrounded Lewinsville in hopes of capturing a force of cavalry, however only found a small company of picket guard; as well as an attack on the Regiment that left several men wounded. This is Lt. Col. Veazey's initial account what is now known as the Battle of Lewinsville.

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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]-09-25

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include a skirmish in which a Rebel officer was taken prisoner and Wheelock G. Veazey’s black servant that he hired to work for him.

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                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                  Date:  [1861]-10-04

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include General Hancock being in command of the 1st Brigade.

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                                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                    Date:  [1861]-10-15

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include Colonel Hyde being occupied with special business. Wheelock G. Veazey taking command, and reconnoitering in enemy territory.

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                                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                      Date:  1861-11-09

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include the cold nights and the toll it takes and Wheelock G. Veazey’s responsibilities in camp.

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                                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                        Date:  [1861]-11-14

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include a few items Wheelock G. Veazey would like his wife Julia to send him and concern that his horse will die.

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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:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                            Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                            Date:  1861-11-04

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Writes of waiting for discharge papers from Washington, D.C. and complains of how long it is taking, willing to wait for Vermont soldiers to be paid so he can bring the pay home to their families, no military action except a lot of drilling.

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                                              Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                                              Date:  1863-06-08

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Barney writes of the routine of camp life, drilling the men, and of the creation of the “Awkward Squad,” a group of men that needs extra drilling. He also writes of his relief that the money he sent has been received, and of his wish that his wife hire help for her work in the garden. As well, he states he hasn’t drunk ale in 3 months.

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                                                Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                                                Date:  1864-03-26

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Barney writes in reply to his wife’s question about his horse, informing her that he has applied to the government for a horse, but if it falls through, he will want one from Vermont. He also expresses his unhappiness with the way Dr. Morgan procured the last horse. He also writes of a drunk soldier and how he has punished drunkenness in the Regiment before.

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