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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:   Asa P. Blunt to E. Mason

Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the questioning of G. Mason’s loyalty to the United States government by Col. Blunt, denial of protection Mason has requested, the suggestion that Mason take the oath of allegiance to the U.S. or suffer the consequences of possible destruction of property.

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    Title:   Asa P. Blunt to Roswell Farnham

    Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

    Date:  1862-10-13

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include a pass allowing Roswell Farnham to and from Washington D.C.

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      Title:   Battle of Big Bethal, Va June 10th, 1861

      Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include a map that shows various maneuvers of Farnham's company; inaccuracies in the newspaper account of the Battle of Big Bethel; and various ailments, aches & pains endured during the march.

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        Title:   Bird's-Eye View of Fortress Monroe Virginia

        Resource type:   correspondence

        MAP

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          Title:   Conductors Will Pass Free

          Date:  1864-02-26

          Resource type:   correspondence

          A railroad military pass for Col. Roswell Farnham allowing passage from Alexandria (Va.) to Brandy (maybe, Brandy, Va.)

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            Title:   E. P. Mason to [Asa P.] Blunt

            Creator:  Mason, E. P.

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include E. P. Mason asking Roswell Farnham for his help in protecting his sick family.

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              Title:   E. P. Mason to [Asa P.] Blunt

              Creator:  Mason, E. P.

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include G. Mason stationed in Spring Bank Virginia requesting of Col. Blunt that guards be stationed around his house and wood pile for protection.

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                Title:   Frederick Holbrook to Roswell Farnham

                Creator:  Holbrook, Frederick

                Date:  1862-12-02

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Farnham receives a brief letter from Governor Frederick Holbrook of Vermont writing from Montpelier of Farnham's concerns about soldier vacancies in the Vermont regiments and the method to fill them. Mentions Col. Proctor.

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                  Title:   George Prichard, C. C. P. Baldwin, and R. C. Johnson to Roswell Farnham

                  Creator:  Prichard, George; Baldwin, C. C. P.; and Johnson

                  Date:  1862-10-04

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the presentation of a horse to Roswell Farnham because of his patriotism.

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                    Title:   Mary E. Farnham to Henry

                    Creator:  Farnham, Mary E.

                    Date:  1862-12-24

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Mary Farnham writes from near Fairfax Court House in Virginia to her brother, Henry, of soldiers being taken prisoners, of the wounded, of casualties, of checking rabbit traps for food. She mentions the weather, of her tour of camp, of sickness among the troops, of her excellent dinner at camp with Mrs. Blunt, Mrs. Stearns and others, and writes of family back home.

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                      Title:   N. S. Leffnis

                      Creator:  Leffnis, N. S.

                      Date:  1862-12-16

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include a pass instructing guards to allow Mrs. Blunt and Mrs. Mary Farnham to cross Long Bridge and enter camp of the 12th Vermont Volunteers by order of General Casey .

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                        Title:   N. S. Leffnis to Roswell Farnham

                        Creator:  Leffnis, N. S.

                        Date:  1862-11-21

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Orders to guards to allow Roswell Farnham to travel to and from Washington and Alexandria via Long Bridge by order of General Casey ; N.S. Jeffries, Assist. Adjt. General.

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                          Title:   Report

                          Date:  1862-12-12

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include a pass allowing Col. Roswell Farnham of the 12th Vermont Volunteers to travel to Washington D.C. as approved by Col. Asa P. Blunt and Brig. Genl S. H. Stoughton.

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                            Title:   Report

                            Date:  1862-12-15

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Pass for Roswell Farnham to return from Washington to the 12th Vermont Volunteers camp by order of Col. A. P. Blunt and approved by Brig Genl E. H. Stoughton and Geo W. Hooker.

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                              Title:   Report

                              Date:  1863-05-22

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include a pass for Roswell Farnham to go to Washington with a valise that has signatures of three officers and a note stating he left camp June 2nd.

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                                Title:   Report of property found in the several companies of the 1st Vermont Regiment…

                                Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                Date:  1861-06-24

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                List compiled by Farnham of items found or stolen from citizens by soldiers during a campaign.

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                                  Title:   Roswell Farnham to ?

                                  Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                  Date:  1862-09-22

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  A special order for the Twelfth Regiments to report to Brattleboro.

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                                    Title:   Roswell Farnham to C. H. Harding

                                    Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                    Date:  1861-05-07

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Farnham's regiment in Rutland gets the news that they are to leave for Fort Monroe, Va., via rail car and then boat. News of the deployment raises morale; the men are ready for a good fight (recurring theme in Farnham's letters).

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                                      Title:   Roswell Farnham to Laura

                                      Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                      Date:  1862-12-14

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Farnham writes to his sister, Laura, about the regiment moving to a new camp near Fairfax Courthouse (Fairfax, Virginia), the arrival of Mary Farnham and Mrs. Blunt, the movement of General Sigel and his 20 to 40,000 troops, and reference to the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia (Dec 11-15).

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                                        Title:   Roswell Farnham to Laura

                                        Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                        Date:  1862-12-31

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Farnham writes from Camp Vermont near Fairfax Court House, Va. to his sister, Laura, of rebel threatening, of military action with the rebels, of Col. Stoughton's entry into the rebel camp, of wife Mary's reaction to gunfire, of Jackson and his 12,000 men on the march maybe to Harper's Ferry.

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                                          Title:   Roswell Farnham to Laura

                                          Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                          Date:  1861-06-29

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include two Louisiana Zouaves who were brought in by Col. Hawkins, accounts of their desertion and capture, rumors of an advancing Confederate force, and the anticipation of an enemy attack that never occurs. .

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                                            Title:   Roswell Farnham to Laura

                                            Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                            Date:  1861-07-09

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include Laura's earache and the proximity of Newport News to the enemy.

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                                              Title:   Roswell Farnham to Laura

                                              Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                              Date:  1862-10-04

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Topics include the expectation of being mustered, having a review and inspection, and receiving their pay.

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                                                Title:   Roswell Farnham to Laura

                                                Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                                Date:  1862-10-05

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include Roswell Farnham being concerned about his sister Laura’s health.

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                                                  Title:   Roswell Farnham to Laura

                                                  Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                                  Date:  1862-10-13

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include the accommodations in camp, Roswell Farnham’s health, and Roswell Farnham teaching the commissioned officers of the right wing.

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