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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 Mary Jane Spafford

Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

Date:  1863-06-13

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the hot weather, the anticipation of the rebels attacking again at Bull Run, receiving $214 in pay and sending $175 home, amount of money saved, the plan to go to Washington and hoping to get to Brattleboro and have Mary Jane and Ellen join him there.

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    Title:   Justus E. Gale to Sister and Mother

    Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

    Date:  1862-11-25

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include a summary of the health of Justus Gale’s family, makes references to his faith, the movement of the regiment to Brashear City, a scene in camp as soldiers go about various activities, and the warm weather.

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      Title:   Justus E. Gale to [Family]

      Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

      Date:  1862-08-23

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include a poem titled “The Heavenly Home” and clearing up the rumor that Justus Gale is dead.

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        Title:   Justus F. Gale to Brother

        Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

        Date:  1862-08-01

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the sickness and deaths in the regiment including that of Lucias M Benson of Worcester from diphtheria whom Gale was caring for in the hospital, inquiries about home and family members, the lack of news from Richmond, and the hot weather in Algiers.

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          Title:   Justus F. Gale to Father

          Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

          Date:  1862-07-10

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the medicating himself after seeing the doctor twice to rid his diarrhea, taking of Richmond and rebel prisoners, the weather in Algiers, high price of provisions, inquires about family and the plan to go visit friends 4 miles away.

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            Title:   Justus F. Gale to Father

            Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

            Date:  1862-09-24

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include his reference to his religious faith, the death of Justus Gale’s brother Charlie and of the death of Jester caused by the fever, the poor health of the rest of his family, the good health of himself and of sending on a photograph sent to him and of getting a photograph taken of him to send.

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              Title:   Justus F. Gale to Father

              Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

              Date:  1862-11-07

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Gale writes of his regiment and the rebels, of other troops encountering the enemy who left much camp supplies, cannon, etc. behind, receiving the Green Mountain Freeman, trying to appease both parents concerning the farm and deeding it back to his father, his concerns about his father having another woman in his life and how that affects him, and the expectation that the regiment will return to Algiers.

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                Title:   Justus F. Gale to Father

                Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                Date:  1863-01-05

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include arrangements being made between Justus’ father and brother to take care of his father, trying to stop his father from taking a premium heifer, and admonishing his father not to spend money on anything but his own care. He also writes of the weather in Louisiana in the winter and how pleasant it is, except when it rains and gets muddy.

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                  Title:   Justus F. Gale to Mother

                  Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                  Date:  1863-01-30

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include his health and the sore on his hand, the family situation in Vermont, including the separation of his parents and how things have changed since he left, and how Sunday is usually the day the army usually has an inspection or moves.

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                    Title:   Justus F. Gale to Mother

                    Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                    Date:  1863-08-21

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    In this letter Gale writes to his mother from the Church Hospital in Baton Rouge that he has been ill but is getting better. He has been eating a little. He and his unit had been "beseigeing" Port Hudson just before he was taken ill. He also writes that he never really suffered while soldiering, and that he is sorry his brother, Lyman, has been drafted, since he doesn’t think he could stand army life. Some time after this, Gale was sent to the U.S. General Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he died of chronic diarrhea on September 19, 1863.

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                      Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister

                      Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                      Date:  1862-03-07

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Writing to his sister topics include the journey from Camp Holbrook to Ship Island through New York via train car, mentions 45 rebel officers being taken prisoner at Fort Donelson, hopes the war to be over soon, thinks of his family back home and puts his faith in God to rule over all.

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                        Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister

                        Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                        Date:  1862-08-26

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include wishing his sister a happy birthday, clearing up the rumor that he is dead, the enlisting of blacks, and the enlisting of men from home before they are drafted.

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                          Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister

                          Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                          Date:  1862-10-09

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include the improved health of Justus Gale’s family, speaks of his religious faith, a discussion of deciding on Charley’s gravestone, and the separation of his Gale's parents.

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                            Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister

                            Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                            Date:  1862-11-14

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include the poor health of Justus Gale’s sister, having plenty to eat and confiscating anything while in the field including livestock from the rebels, receiving a box from home that was greatly appreciated though disappointed none of Mother's cheese, the expectation of returning to Algiers, and some family affairs including what to do with Charlie's clothes since his death, mentions still needing to get a photographer and have his photo taken, and the possibility of renting the farm.

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                              Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister

                              Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                              Date:  1863-02-21

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include news about his father’s recent remarriage, dinner at the home of a Massachusetts family that had been driven off a plantation they owned north of New Orleans, the money owed him by the government, and his speculation in watches.

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                                Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister

                                Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                                Date:  1863-03-01

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include his appreciation for receiving a box from his family, letters he has received from friends, information on his speculation in watches and apples, and his decision not to receive a photograph of his brother, Charlie, who died on August 30, 1862, since Charlie still seems alive to Justus.

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                                  Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister

                                  Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                                  Date:  1863-04-05

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Gale writes that he has left the hospital and returned to the 8th Vermont, which is preparing for a move against Port Hudson. He then reminisces about the changes in his family since he enlisted one year before, particulary about the death of his brother, Charlie. As well, he writes of missing his nephew, Herbert, and of a small Louisianian boy who visits the 8th Vermont camp regularly.

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                                    Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister & Friends

                                    Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                                    Date:  1862-09-09

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include the sickness of Justus Gale’s mother and brother Charley, mentions his dismay of men trying to skip military duty, the rebel prisoners taken by various Union regiments, mentions Gen. Butler may be taking care of the guerrilla fighters and the injuries sustained by the men in the train accident whereby many seemed to have avoided amputations.

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                                      Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister & Friends

                                      Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                                      Date:  1862-09-24

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      From Algiers, La topics include ill health of his mother and sister, the death of his brother Charley, how difficult it is to get a military discharge, Justus Gale’s negative opinion of the Blacks, his hope slavery is ended, and his hope that his sister and mother will become healthy again.

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                                        Title:   Lyman Barton to Hiram Barton

                                        Creator:  Barton, Lyman, 1839-1936

                                        Date:  1863-07-29

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Lyman Barton writes of his Regiment’s march from White House to near Hanover Junction and back, and then on to a camp near Portsmouth, Virginia. He then writes of his military unit being renumbered (from 9 A C to the 7 A C now 2nd Brigade 2nd Division 7 A C), of news from home, that his two other brothers, James and Henry were drafted, and continues with his views on how the war is progressing.

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                                          Title:   Lyman Barton to Hiram Barton

                                          Creator:  Barton, Lyman, 1839-1936

                                          Date:  1864-03-08

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Lyman Barton mentions an attack on his Brigade at Deep Creek, Virginia and the death of two men from the 9th New Jersey Regiment who had just returned from a furlough. He also writes of men returning to the 8th Connecticut Regiment after their reenlistment furlough, who had second thoughts about reenlisting. Also he writes of how many got married while on leave. At the end of the letter he gives news of his brothers Henry, James and Theodore and their addresses.

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                                            Title:   Lyman Barton to Hiram Barton

                                            Creator:  Barton, Lyman, 1839-1936

                                            Date:  [1864-05]-17

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Lyman Barton writes of the events surrounding the Battle of Port Waltham Junction on May 6 and 7. He also lists some of the wounded and killed, including his brother, James Barton, who died of wounds received at the Battle of the Wilderness.

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                                              Title:   Lyman Barton to Melissa Barton

                                              Creator:  Barton, Lyman, 1839-1936

                                              Date:  1864-01-31

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Lyman Barton writes of returning to his regiment, even though he was due more sick leave. He also comments on men from Moriah and Crown Point who have not enlisted and those who have. As well he mentions gossip from home and teases his sister about her Vermont suitor. Finally, he includes a memoranda of his activities from January 1 to January 15, including detailing the food he eats daily and the games played by the 15th Connecticut Regiment on New Year’s Day.

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                                                Title:   Lyman Barton to Melissa Barton

                                                Creator:  Barton, Lyman, 1839-1936

                                                Date:  1864-08-12

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Lyman Barton writes of how disgusted he is with the outcome of the Battle of the Crater (i.e. Battle of Petersburg Cater, Va.) ,and how he feels it was the “shamefullest thing that I have seen or herd of since I have been out” blaming generals of jealousy of one another resulting in great loss of men. He also writes of having been in 12 or 13 battles and not gotten hurt yet plus gives news of two of his brothers, Henry and Hiram, who are both in the hospital.

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                                                  Title:   Lyman Barton to Sister

                                                  Creator:  Barton, Lyman

                                                  Date:  1862-11-25

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include an account of the Battle of Antetam [sic], the cold weather, the high prices of goods at camp, and reports on the health of other soldiers and family members.

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