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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 Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

Date:  1863-07-27

Resource type:   correspondence

Writing a very brief letter from Warrenton, Virginia topics include the continuous marching, lack of food, the hardships the men are currently facing met with cheerfulness, moving on to Culpeper, then to Gordonsville and hopefully on to Richmond.

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    Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

    Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

    Date:  1863-07-29

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Writing in the field near Warrenton, Virginia topics include the importance of receiving letters from home, morale kept up by sharing bits of news from home with each other in spite of the hardships in camp, reference to several commanding officers including French, Elliot, Morris, General George Meade, his hearsay knowledge of the drunkenness of Gen. Joseph Hooker, of receiving a home newspaper with one of his letters printed in it.

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      Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

      Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

      Date:  1863-08-24

      Resource type:   correspondence

      From in the field topics include Rutherford's friends at home worrying about him, the lack of opportunity for promotion in the regiment at this time, the position of "Salter" mentioned (procurer of salt, a maker of and dealer in salt, a drysalter?), and the method for treating typhoid fever, diarrhea among the sick men, looking on the bright side dealing with adversities of camp life.

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        Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

        Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

        Date:  1863-10-11

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Writing a very brief letter from in the field near the Confederate Army topics include the anticipation of an attack, the high morale of the troops even in the face of danger and the proximity to the enemy.

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          Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

          Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

          Date:  1863-10-13

          Resource type:   correspondence

          In the field writing on a drum in the hot sun, topics include having completed a long march to his position near Washington, the proximity to the enemy, the expectation of a battle, the men prepared and eager seemingly having become desensitized to danger and death as they chat with one another and even sleep.

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            Title:   Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]

            Creator:  Rutherford, Joseph Chase, 1818-1902

            Date:  1862-11-25

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the possibility of action, ammunition and the mini ball, of high morale among the soldiers, of John Piper being described as the best marksman and now being Rutherford's body guard, an order from the War Department for Surgeons to remove themselves from action as much as possible, a case of Typhoid and the improbability of Rutherford taking a leave of absence at this time.

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              Title:   Joseph Spafford to Homer White

              Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

              Date:  1862-02-07

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Spafford writes to his friend Homer on topics including Typhoid Fever in the Regiment, friendship, camp life, Hancock’s Brigade [Winfield Scott Hancock], and answering his friend’s questions about joining the Regiment and fear of dying.

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                Title:   Joseph Spafford to Mary Jane Spafford

                Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

                Date:  1862-10-26

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Writing en route, topics include a description of the journey to Washington on the “Elm City” train, his deep desire for letters from home and an undercurrent of his willingness to accept how things are.

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                  Title:   Joseph Spafford to Mary Jane Spafford

                  Creator:  Spafford, Joseph, 1837-1866

                  Date:  1862-01-30

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Spafford's brief letter has an underlying tone of being anxious to hear from home. The rainy and muddy weather continue.

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                    Title:   Justus F. Gale to Sister

                    Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

                    Date:  1862-01-30

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include remaining at Camp Holbrook in Vermont for 4 weeks, grateful to hear from home, food not very good, a rumor of getting paid, and the visitors who watch dress parade.

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                      Title:   Lyman S. Willams to Lois L. Williams

                      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                      Date:  1862-07-27

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include the quietness of camp near Harrisons Landing, a church service that Lyman Williams attended, and the food Lyman misses from home.

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                        Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Warren Williams

                        Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                        Date:  1862-04-20

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include Lyman Williams coming down with a fever, an encounter with the rebels that left four men wounded, and the rebels' description of the Vermont regiment as dare devils. Stationery has an illustration of a "Vermont Boy," plus two verses of a song with the title "Vermont Soldier." The refrain, "Away down in Dixie," suggests an attempt to compete with the immortal southern song "Dixie."

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                          Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Family

                          Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                          Date:  [1862]-01-20

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Towle writes from his Virginia camp to his parents and sister on the mud while out on picket duty, fearfulness of some of the soldiers, list of items to send from home including a reference to his much needed new boots, sickness and deaths in the Regiment, and news of the Rochester boys.

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                            Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Family and Friends

                            Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                            Date:  1862-02-02

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Towle writes of missing his newspaper and his wish to remain informed on both foreign and army news and of some of the men's morale writing home about the hardships of war and a desire to see it end. He writes of Col. Stoughton resignation, of officers' wives attending the camp's religious service and how the service differs from the traditional church worship.

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                              Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Friends

                              Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                              Date:  1862-06-26

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Towle writes of what he hears about the living conditions of the Rebels including forced service, some without enough food and about the Battle of Richmond having been going on for a month with artillery shelling and likely to continue.

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                                Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

                                Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                                Date:  1862-02-23

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include a Brigade Parade and a farewell address of Washington, he relates some of the soldiers opinions and predictions that the war will end in three weeks. Mention of 109 six mule teams passing through his camp; exact purpose unknown.

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                                  Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

                                  Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                                  Date:  1862-02-27

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  A brief letter to his parents from Camp Griffin in Virginia of marching orders with three days rations and the hope to encounter the Rebels. He makes a brief reference to Brigade surgeon Dr. Phelps. Towle expresses his dismay that the troops in the west are fighting and gaining glory while the army of the Potomac lays idle.

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                                    Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Sister and Friends

                                    Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

                                    Date:  1862-05-15

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    From camp in Whitehouse Landing, Va. topics include the destruction of the Merrimac (the ironclad warship), a bear hunt, the occupation of Norfolk, Virginia troops under the command of President Lincoln, a description of skirmishes with the Rebels, and the warm weather in Virginia.

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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:  1862-10-04

                                        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 Mary [Farnham]

                                          Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                          Date:  1863-04-13

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          A brief letter from Farnham who writes of the unit moving out but not knowing where they are going, of being sad with wife gone but hopes she reached Scott House in Washington safely and is well ; urges her to write every day and he will also.

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                                            Title:   Roswell Farnham to Mary [Farnham]

                                            Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                            Date:  1863-04-14

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Farnham writes of the unit preparing to leave Wolf Run Shoals, expresses his wishes to see his wife, Mary, again, feeling sad with his wife absent from camp but glad she is safe, sends a photo by way of Capt. Ormsbee that Mary is to take care of photo, Mr. Peach is ill, letter from Henry and his clothing business.

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                                              Title:   Roswell Farnham to Mary [Farnham]

                                              Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                              Date:  1861-05-08

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Topics include acting as Adjutant of the Regiment at Camp Fairbanks, Rutland, and considering a commission in the army with the rank of captain. Farnham mentions his high regard for his superiors, especially Ge. Baxter, and how much the soldiers look forward to arriving at Fort Monroe and eventually training for battle.

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                                                Title:   Roswell Farnham to Mary [Farnham]

                                                Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                                Date:  1861-05-09

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include anticipated journey to New York en route to Ft. Monroe, Va. Farnham describes oath-taking ceremony upon leaving Camp Fairbanks (Judge Smalley) and soldiers passing muster by Col. Rains. US Army has provided them with good clothing and food. Villages cheer when they pass through. Farnham is confident that Gen. Scott will be pleased with the Vt. soldiers soon to arrive at Ft. Monroe.

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                                                  Title:   Roswell Farnham to Mary [Farnham]

                                                  Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                                                  Date:  1861-05-10

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Farnham relates the impression the 1st Regiment made on citizens of Troy, NY and finally New Yorkers, both in public and in the press. Apparently, it was "the biggest and toughest looking regiment" seen in New York. Concludes letter with a few domestic concerns. Mentions daughter Laura's letter "in the Times" (probably Burlington Times).

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