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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:   Justus F. Gale to Sister Almeda

Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

Date:  1862-08-16

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include guard duty, being able to pick some sweet potatoes, having fresh fruit melons, a trip into the city, a description of a plantation, mentions how much work it is for owners to look after their slaves, states care must be taken of their dress suits and boots in spite of whatever their living conditions may be and the improved health of some of the men in the regiment.

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    Title:   Justus F. Gale to [Family]

    Creator:  Gale, Justus F., 1837-1863

    Date:  1862-02-19

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Writing from Brattleboro topics include drilling, a few companies being sworn into the United States service, Justus Gale’s health improving from a brief cold, mentions "rag" hash soup, boiled beef & potatoes, news of family members and the snow at camp.

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      Title:   Lyman Barton to Sister

      Creator:  Barton, Lyman

      Date:  1862-11-25

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include an account of the Battle of Antetam [sic], the cold weather, the high prices of goods at camp, and reports on the health of other soldiers and family members.

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