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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:   Ransom W. Towle to Rufus and Sebra Towle

Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

Date:  1862-04-03

Resource type:   correspondence

Towle writes of orders received to march on Richmond, Virginia and of his many camp duties. He writes of soldiers letters being detained and of their camp being fired upon by the Rebels. No harm done.

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    Title:   Ransom W. Towle to Sebra Towle

    Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

    Date:  1862-01-05

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Towle writes from his Virginia camp to his mother about his thankfulness for the gift of a thick quilt. He writes in detail of boots he wants made, of his thoughts on what it would mean if there was an intervention of England, and his tent mates doing mundane domestic tasks of writing letters and mending clothing.

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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:   Ransom W. Towle to [Family and Friends]

        Creator:  Towle, Ransom W., d. 1864

        Date:  1862-06-03

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Writing from in the field near Richmond, Va. topics include a detailed description of Company E at Lees Mills and speaks well of officers (Pingree, Terry). He criticizes a fellow soldier for shirking duty and writes of fighting of the the union and rebel batteries.

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          Title:   W. C. Holbrook to John Wolcott Phelps

          Creator:  Holbrook, W. C.

          Date:  1861-11-25

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include Lt. W. C. Holbrook of the 4th Vermont Regiment planning to meet Brig. Gen. John Wolcott Phelps at Old Point but must wait for orders from Gen. McClellan first.

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            Title:   W. C. Holbrook to John Wolcott Phelps

            Creator:  Holbrook, W. C.

            Date:  1861-11-25

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include Lt. Adjt. W. C. Holbrook of the 4th Vermont Regiment requesting from Captain Mundee an order to report to Brig. Gen. John Wolcott Phelps at Old Point, Virginia as Aid de Camp.

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              Title:   Warren E. Bliss to Smiley Bancroft

              Creator:  Bliss, Warren E., 1840-1930

              Date:  1862-06-19

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include moving to camp near the Chickahominy, anticipation of a battle at Richmond, the capture of Fort Darling, a description of the Battle of Fair Oaks, and the death of Charles Bancroft. Topics include moving to camp near the Chickahominy, anticipation of a battle at Richmond, the capture of Fort Darling, a description of the Battle of Fair Oaks, and the death of Charles Bancroft. Use of hot air balloons in reconnaissance is mentioned, as is the observation that many plantations are deserted by their owners and run by slaves, Gen. McClellan threatened to turn every "White House" (plantation) into a hospital.

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