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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:   E. T. Johnson to Mary [Farnham]

Creator:  Johnson, E. T.

Date:  1862-10-03

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include several companies camping on the riverbank in Maryland, Jackson’s army assembling in Leasburg, and preparing to march most likely to Edwards Ferry.

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    Title:   Edward Murphy to William Wirt Henry

    Creator:  Murphy, Edward

    Date:  1862-07-21

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Writing from camp at Westover Landing, Virginia topics include trying to convince William Henry to come join Company D in the 2nd Regiment, mentions officers resigning and hopes to take Richmond by the end of the summer.

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      Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

      Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

      Date:  [1861-10-?]

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include a service the regiment attended.

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        Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

        Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

        Date:  1861-11-18

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the death of William Fallon of Royalton from the measles.

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          Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

          Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

          Date:  1861-12-28

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the improving health of the men in the regiment and officers being ordered home to recruit for the brigade.

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            Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

            Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

            Date:  [1862]-01-01

            Resource type:   correspondence

            New Year's greeting given to family, getting his tent settled, men under marching orders, no passes to be approved until Gen. Brooks returns.

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              Title:   Edward P. Stone to John F. Stone

              Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

              Date:  1861-12-19

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include preparing for the funerals of the men who died from sickness.

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                Title:   Francis C. Williams to Frederick Holbrook

                Creator:  Williams, Francis C.

                Date:  1862-04-25

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include the regiment being situated at Camp on Ship Island, the establishment of (religious?) services on Tuesdays, and the intellectual capacity of the men of the Vermont regiments.

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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 J. Stannard to William Wirt Henry

                    Creator:  Stannard, George J., 1820-1886

                    Date:  1862-01-07

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include inquiring after William Henry's health, the sickness in the regiment, and a brief description of drills and picket duty and makes mention of not being promoted, states Capt Dillingham to be promoted.

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                      Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                      Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                      Date:  1861-10-26

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Writes from Camp Griffin, Va, Smith's Division of camp life in general, of good food, of having been in several military advances since he last wrote, marching from Chain Bridge towards Lewinsville, "Sesesh" soldiers brought in with one having been said to have preached teh funeral service of Jackson and worth a lot of money, Picket Guard, Brigade Guard and sister's husband's health.

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                        Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                        Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                        Date:  1861-10-31

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Writes from Camp Griffin, Va. Smith's Division of consoling his sister Emeline on the death of her husband and how she should start taking care of the estate cautioning her about who she may trust and those town folks she should not be influenced by.

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                          Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                          Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                          Date:  1861-11-30

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Writes to sister Emeline B. Masta from Camp Griffin, Va of a description of a Grand Review by Gen. McClellan and staff with Pres. Abraham Lincoln in attendance, marching to Bailey's Cross Roads, expedition to Fairfax Court House for grain, receipt of quilt and pillow, death of two men from disease, reference to Thanksgiving Day

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                            Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                            Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                            Date:  1861-12-13

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Writes to his sister Emeline about setting up camp for the winter in the woods that is proving to be a comfortable place, of being in good health, the leaving of Sargent Barney Robinson due to lameness.

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                              Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                              Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                              Date:  1861-12-25

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include the journey to Washington and rations.

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                                Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                Date:  1862-01-10

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                From Annapolis, Maryland topics include the welcoming in New York City, pay soon and to be in Treasury notes, description and conditions at the camp in Annapolis, 21 horses of the regiment's that died in transport or in the mud since leaving Burlington and a list of items wanted and what type of box they are to be put in.

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                                  Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                  Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include Henry Smith receiving his payment, a request for some items from home, and the bad weather in Annapolis.

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                                    Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                    Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                    Date:  1862-03-30

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include the journey from Annapolis to Harpers Ferry, Henry Smith's good health, liking the hand made shirt he received from home very much, keeps his brandy with him, burning of the post office by the Confederates, requests more postage stamps.

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                                      Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                      Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                      Date:  1862-09-24

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include Henry Smith losing his horse, camp punishment of John H. Willard for disobeying an order, and the numerous men who were wounded and killed.

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                                        Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                        Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                        Date:  1862-10-04

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include encamping near Alexandria, an update on the health of Lant Blake and Gene, his unable to mail a gun home for his younger siblings, the large loss of the rebels at Orange Court House, a request for boots and gloves from home and a comment that army issue are not worth what the soldiers have to pay for them.

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                                          Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                          Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                          Date:  1862-10-11

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          From camp near Alexandria, Va topics include the bad weather, the continuous firing of shots from the Washington Navy Yard, enjoys watching the new recruits, the prediction that Lant Blake will not live, still requesting boots and apples.

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                                            Title:   Henry A. Smith to Family

                                            Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                            Date:  1862-11-28

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include the arrival of the package from home that had includes apples and chicken but those were eaten by Jarvis Wentworth, pictures of relatives received, admiration of his new boots, Henry Smith's friend Fenney hoping to become his brother-in-law, and the death of a boy names Henry Holt of Hartland, gives advice on how to best care for a horse.

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                                              Title:   Henry A. Smith to Friends

                                              Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                              Date:  1861-11-16

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Topics include the snow in Burlington and the difficulties caused by the weather.

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                                                Title:   Henry A. Smith to Mother

                                                Creator:  Smith, Henry A., d. 1864

                                                Date:  1862-12-05

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Two letters one dated Dec 5th and one 6th. Topics include the snowy weather, Henry Smith's good health, and the difficult times the men who were drafted will face.

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                                                  Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                                  Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                                  Date:  1861-10-22

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Henry writes of having his military pay make interest, of a fight that had taken place and General Johnston was taken prisoner, of his health being better, of a soldier's discharge due to fever sore on his leg, of a woman named Marion and of a lot of letter writing being done by the soldiers.

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