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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:   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]-12-09

    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:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

      Date:  [1861]-12-22

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey taking the role of Field Officer of the Day, an exchange of fire, and the appointment as Court Marshall.

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        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

        Date:  [1861]-12-?

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey inquiring after his wife’s devotion to him.

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          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

          Date:  1862-06-10

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include reporting of a few scrimmages, of Captain William Parker Ainsworth’s funeral and his honorable life, of desire to be home.

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            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

            Date:  1862-08-10

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include Wheelock Veazey loving and missing his wife, of reading the book Gypsy’s Prophecy, of sending a receipt for money home to Julia.

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              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

              Date:  1863-01-28

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the snowy weather, a description of his comfortable and cozy two tent living situation in camp, and a love letter to Julia, missing her and home.

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                Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                Date:  1861-10-08

                Resource type:   correspondence

                October 8, 1861 from Camp Advance, Virginia. Writes of kindness from Col Stannard, wet weather, grand review of artillery by Genl. McClellan, illness among the men including homesickness and Typhoid Fever, family business.

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                  Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                  Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                  Date:  1861-10-16

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Writes of feeling better from eating to many chestnuts, took Hibbards Pills, rustling cattle, pickets meeting up with Rebels with some, mentions friends and family life, misses his wife and young daughter Mollie.

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                    Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                    Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                    Date:  1862-11-23

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Writes of wanting to go home to see his wife or her coming to the camp in Md., how muddy it is in camp, knows soldiers in the Advance are marching, suffering from cold, rain & mud while he has a comfortable tent, wanting the war to end quickly, the health of the regiment is better, wishing for more letters from home.

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                      Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                      Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                      Date:  [1862-12-14]

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      News that the battle of Fredericksburg was a Union victory, how much he misses his wife, news that photographs he sent home were received, and the ill health of several members of the regiment.

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                        Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                        Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                        Date:  1862-12-16

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Family matters, ill health of the children with whooping cough, remedies recommended by the surgeon (sulphuric ether), rebels coming close the night before and taking prisoners, and the health of one of the members of the regiment.

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                          Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                          Date:  1863-09-23

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Barney writes of imagining himself at home with his family, and of fixing up the camp barracks for winter with comfortable living quarters. He thanks his wife for sending him slippers and asks for cloth, shirts, towels and socks to be sent to him.

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                            Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                            Date:  1863-12-06

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include wishing he could come home on leave, noticing that his brother, Colonel Elisha Barney, was home on leave as seen in the Burlington Times, and naming the members of the recruiting party who were returning to Vermont and carrying Major [Charles] Jarvis’ body with them on the steamer. As well he mentions visiting Beaufort, dining with the commander of the sub-district, of planning a hunting party, of sending money home with thoughts of maybe purchasing land.

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                              Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                              Date:  1864-02-21

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Barney writes of feeling a little homesick and wishing to be with his family, but also that he feels his duty is with the army, contemplates asking for a leave of absence but is afraid it would be too hard to return to his post, writes of plans to celebrate Washington’s birthday & of sending a map of the countryside.

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