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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:  1861-10-20

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the toll the war is taking on the wives, mothers, and sisters of soldiers, the lack of awareness by Northerners, and a discussion of Gen. McClellan.

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    Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

    Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

    Date:  1863-07-01

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include receiving orders to abandon Harpers Ferry, the accidental explosion of a magazine while the 6th Maryland Regiment was trying to destroy it which resulted in 100 casualties, the movement of several Army Corps, and the replacement of General Hooker by General Meade.

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      Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

      Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

      Date:  1863-08-17

      Resource type:   correspondence

      The death a soldier due to disease, George Crossett, from Co B. Soldier's father was with him and will take the body to Washington & then return home, the effect it is having on the rest of the men.

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        Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

        Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

        Date:  1861-09-27

        Resource type:   correspondence

        September 9, 1861 from Camp Advance near Chain Bridge. Writes of the men being sent out to steal food near Lewinsville, Leesburgh road, casualties, picket duty.

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          Title:   William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

          Creator:  Henry, William Wirt, 1831-1915

          Date:  1861-09-29

          Resource type:   correspondence

          September 29, 1861 from Camp Advance, Virginia. Writes of Second Vermont ordered out, casualties due to troop confusion and friendly fire, Munsons Hill, picket duty.

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            Title:   [B. Murray?] to Aunt

            Creator:  Murray, B.

            Date:  1862-08-09

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the army photographs of Wilder being sent to his family.

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              Title:   [Frankie?] to Mother

              Date:  ?-?-?

              Resource type:   correspondence

              A poem, "Death of H. H. Wilder," written by Frankie, presumably Wilder's nephew.

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                Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                Date:  1863-10-27

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include attempting to take a steamer, John Rice, with 8 companies to New Bern, North Carolina, encountering bad weather, and being forced to return to Fort Monroe. He also writes of the death of one young soldier from Company A, Austin Kennedy, and the death by drowning of another soldier, Vilas Smith of Marshfield.

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                  Creator:  Barney, Valentine G., 1834-1889

                  Date:  1863-12-02

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Barney writes of the death of Major [Charles] Jarvis, shot in the abdomen when he attempted to capture some Rebels while he was out looking from stolen horses.

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