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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:  1862-05-[2?]

Resource type:   correspondence

From headquarters 5th Vt Vols, Smith's Division topics include the sickness of the field officers of the 5th Vermont Regiment and the temporary promotion of Wheelock Veazey to head the regiment until the others return to health.

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    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

    Date:  1862-06-15

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include Wheelock Veazey’s position as Judge Advocate of a General Court Martial, the inspiration of General McClellan, and a love letter to his wife.

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      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

      Date:  1862-08-03

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Wheelock Veazey writes to Julia visiting in Boston, writes of his hove for her and of missing her, the desire for a new regiment and suspecting nepotism by the Governor, the return of Captain Atherton who still suffers from his wound, and a fight with the rebels.

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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:  1862-11-06

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the frequent moving of the troops, his recent move to Camp Vermont in Virginia, the good health of many of the men in the regiment, and love for Wheelock Veazey’s wife.

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            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

            Date:  1862-11-08

            Resource type:   correspondence

            From Camp Vermont, Virginia topics include Wheelock Veazey loving and missing his wife, the orders to prepare huts for winter quarters, a snow storm and he laments about how the war is going.

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              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

              Date:  1862-11-10

              Resource type:   correspondence

              From Camp Vermont, topics include orders to prepare huts for winter quarters, Wheelock Veazey loving and missing his wife, of a visit to Col Stevens and Col. Bowers, and an indirect reference to his wife's pregnancy.

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                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                Date:  1862-11-19

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include orders for Veazey and Proctor to be ready to move to Harpers Ferry (W. Va.), the desire to go to Texas with General Banks, and the excitement of Veazey’s wife’s pregnancy.

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                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                  Date:  1862-11-26

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the good health of Wheelock Veazey, his wish that his wife would conduct herself in a more befitting manner toward certain gentlemen friends, a brief reference to other wives' less than desired behavior, a mention of the baby coming, and his regiment is out on picket.

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                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                    Date:  1862-12-09

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include plans for Veazey’s wife to visit him at Camp Vermont, the love he has for his wife, his concern for her safety traveling, recommending she travel with Mr. and Mrs. Adams, a brief reference to divine providence blessing his family.

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                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                      Date:  1862-12-28

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      From camp near Fairfax Court House topics include the regiment having to battle the measles, a little battle that broke out near Fairfax Court House, brief reference to Julia being concerned she is so big due to her pregnancy and a brief description of Christmas in camp.

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                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                        Date:  1863-01-19

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        A brief letter stating the men moving in the morning to the Rail Road Station, measles in the regiment, expressing deep love for his wife & missing her and home.

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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:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                            Date:  1863-02-22

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            A light hearted love letter to his wife, writing of her in the third person. Writes of a winter storm but of being comfortable in his tent, refers very indirectly using euphemisms about his wife's pregnancy, mentions George Eason, Mr. and Mrs. Tripp, refers to their baby as "her" baby, teases her about her behavior, (letter ends abruptly, remainder lost?).

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                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                              Date:  1863-02-24

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              A love letter to his wife, Julia, telling her that he loves and misses her; mentions her need to be "confined" as her due date approaches, also his assistant is now Henry (Marsh?) & that Jason is now a Lt.

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                                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                Date:  1863-03-12

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include worrying about his wife, the rainy weather, an update on General (Edwin Henry) Stoughton (who was kidnapped by Confederate Ranger J. S. Mosby and his men March 8th) having sent his mother a letter and Stoughton not being "confirmed" (for a position?).

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                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                  Date:  1863-03-20

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Wheelock comments on Julia’s size while pregnant, inquires about her well being, how she will treat their child, recalls how their relationship has evolved.

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                                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                    Date:  1863-03-31

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    A brief letter stating that a hand carved laurel wood pipe with Masonic symbols on it given to Veazey from a wounded soldier, mentions his puppy Jeff is growing big, words of love to Julia and wondering what they will name their baby.

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                                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                      Date:  1863-01-10

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      A love letter expressing his love for his wife and baby, mentions Herman, Jason, the "Rice boy" and Mrs. Tilton.

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                                        Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                        Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                        Date:  1862-02-14

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include William Henry missing his wife, having gained weight and health is good, of being glad he did not become the Captain of Company D, reference to a bill to disband the Bands, mentions his side business of selling to the men being pretty slim as he has "got them most all cured up", reference to the fall of Roanoke Island, North Carolina (February 7& 8, 1862) under the leadership of Ambrose Burnside, has sent money home,

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                                          Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                          Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                          Date:  1862-02-16

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Still at Camp Griffin, Va. topics include a love letter to William Henry's wife, the expected discharge of Ned Wells, of himself heading for home even if Wells is not discharged.

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                                            Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

                                            Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

                                            Date:  1864-08-09

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Henry writes that the regiment is still camped near Halltown, Virginia and has had three days of rest, though he thinks they will be moving the next day. His big tent has been set up and when he is in it, he wishes he were at home with his family, though he doesn’t know how soon that may be.

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                                              Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                                              Date:  1863-11-30

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Barney writes of wishing his wife happy birthday, commenting on how much older he looks now, of his happiness at receiving the box containing larger shirts, of his appreciation at receiving a “love letter” tucked in one of the pockets and writes of the rumor of the fall of Charlestown.

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                                                Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                                                Date:  1864-01-07

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Letter discusses Maria's desire for more regular letters from him, his personal feelings towards Maria and his devotion to her. He also mentions his friendships with fellow officers and the promotion of Captain Amasa Bartlett to major.

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