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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:  1863-01-28

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the snowy weather, a description of his comfortable and cozy two tent living situation in camp, and a love letter to Julia, missing her and home.

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    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

    Date:  1863-02-02

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Wheelock’s comments on his wife's habit of being away from home visiting while pregnant, refers to the snowy and rainy weather in camp, mentions he intends to make a trip to Washington and nothing much happening in camp, even too muddy to drill.

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      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

      Date:  1863-02-04

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Scolding his wife about letter writing, about her being off visiting in cold weather, an account of Wheelock’s trip to Washington, D.C., missing his wife and wishing she had been with him in Washington, exercising his horses upon his return to camp, the appointment of Wheelock as the Colonel of the 10th Vermont Regiment and the subsequent issue with the appointment, sending military pay home & concerns about expenses.

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        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

        Date:  1863-02-11

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include Wheelock worrying about his pregnant wife.

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          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

          Date:  1863-02-15

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include Wheelock’s health and the health of other men in camp, wives in camp seem to enjoy being there, may be referring to Mrs. Blunt being pregnant as he thinks she must hurry home before she is to be "confined", a description of his comfortable two tent living conditions, has a boy attendant even better than Jason, and how much he misses his wife.

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            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

            Date:  1863-02-20

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include forgiving his wife, the snow and rain, and the ill health of the men in camp, they being careless after being sick and men dying, not concerned about the gender of the baby.

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              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

              Date:  1863-02-22

              Resource type:   correspondence

              A light hearted love letter to his wife, writing of her in the third person. Writes of a winter storm but of being comfortable in his tent, refers very indirectly using euphemisms about his wife's pregnancy, mentions George Eason, Mr. and Mrs. Tripp, refers to their baby as "her" baby, teases her about her behavior, (letter ends abruptly, remainder lost?).

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                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                Date:  1863-02-24

                Resource type:   correspondence

                A love letter to his wife, Julia, telling her that he loves and misses her; mentions her need to be "confined" as her due date approaches, also his assistant is now Henry (Marsh?) & that Jason is now a Lt.

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                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                  Date:  1863-03-05

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Writes about sorting out finances, much about the baby they are expecting, his feelings about Julia's behavior regarding the baby, insight into his mind regarding this pregnancy & any future ones, Henry's wife coming for a visit, Veazey sending money to Julia.

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                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                    Date:  1863-03-09

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Writes General (Edwin Henry Stoughton) was kidnapped (March 8th) at night out of his own bed (by Confederate Ranger J. S. Mosby & his men), Veazey writes of no troops near him, pickets "imperfect", Colonel Blunt put in command, and inquiries about folks at home, teases Julia about her and her "twin" meaning the baby and mentions Election Day in New Hampshire.

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                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                      Date:  1863-03-12

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include worrying about his wife, the rainy weather, an update on General (Edwin Henry) Stoughton (who was kidnapped by Confederate Ranger J. S. Mosby and his men March 8th) having sent his mother a letter and Stoughton not being "confirmed" (for a position?).

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                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                        Date:  1863-03-15

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Veazey requests a photo of his wife, Julia, in her new cloak, wants to be present when the baby comes but knows it is not likely and mentions a New Hampshire paper in which Atherton’s articles appear,

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                          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                          Date:  1863-03-15

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Wheelock inquires about doctor available to help with delivery of his & Julia's baby, asks when the due date of his baby is, wishes photo of Julia in cloak, Wheelock’s opinion about selling the newspaper [the Tel.], the location of the General [Stoughton ; who was kidnapped March 8th], capture of 4 rebels.

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                            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                            Date:  1863-03-18

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include the dull in camp, men digging rifle pits, terrible weather, how much Wheelock loves his wife, and instructions to Julia to look in his trunk for letters regarding C. C. White directing Veazey to pay Col. Proctor, an order from George Randal of Springfield to pay C. C. White, stories running around about Gen. Stoughton, slander about Miss Ford.

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                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                              Date:  1863-03-20

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Wheelock comments on Julia’s size while pregnant, inquires about her well being, how she will treat their child, recalls how their relationship has evolved.

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                                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                Date:  1863-03-22

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include Wheelock being given a Rebel puppy named Jeff, wants to keep him and bring him home, mentions looking thin in his standing photographs, prefers the sitting ones, expecting photos of his wife, Julia, in her new cloak, the return of one of the men that was taken prisoner with Gen. Stoughton, Richmond reported to be in "dismal" condition with financial problems, baby may be due in June, how when Wheelock returns home they will be a family of three.

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                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                  Date:  1863-03-24

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Has received a photograph of Julia, his wife, in her furs, he inquires about her growing size due to her pregnancy, hearing good things about the city of Rutland, Vt, the expectation of moving there after the war and set up an office with a partner named Proctor, and the move of the regiment to Union Mills.

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                                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                    Date:  1863-03-28

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    The regiment is at at Union Mills, Va., Wheelock's health is good, the puppy Jeff is giving him much pleasure and good company, and he is excited to return home to experience the love and happiness of his family.

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                                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                      Date:  1863-03-31

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      A brief letter stating that a hand carved laurel wood pipe with Masonic symbols on it given to Veazey from a wounded soldier, mentions his puppy Jeff is growing big, words of love to Julia and wondering what they will name their baby.

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                                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                        Date:  1863-01-04

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include picket duty over New Year’s, being stationed in a house well suited to his needs, cavalry unit having had a scrimmage nearby, mentions the death of General Kearny at Battle of Chantilly, Virginia, Sept 1, 1862 (Northern Virginia Campaign), the depleted and devastated area in which they are encamped, forests gone, Union burned many of the "splendid barracks" the Rebels had used.

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                                          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                          Date:  1863-01-09

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Writing from near Fairfax Court House, is in good health, drills practiced, men lost from the 15th and 16th regiments, a reference to a battle in Tennessee (maybe the Union win at the Battle of Stones River, Dec 31, 1862-Jan. 3, 1863), reflects on how the army will deal with the discharge of the soldiers signed up for only 9 months, mentions officers' wives in camp.

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                                            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                            Date:  1863-01-10

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            A love letter expressing his love for his wife and baby, mentions Herman, Jason, the "Rice boy" and Mrs. Tilton.

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                                              Title:   William B. Reynolds to Lyman S. Williams

                                              Creator:  Reynolds, William B., 1840-1864

                                              Date:  1864-07-17

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Letter to Williams from Major William B Reynolds regarding trouble about Lyman S. Williams’ commission as 2nd Lieutenant of Company C, 6th Vermont Infantry Regiment, and whether he was properly mustered in. Reynolds also asks for news of Company I of the 6th Vermont, and writes that he feels “heavy work is coming soon”. Major Reynolds was killed in action on July 30th, thirteen days after writing this letter.

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                                                Title:   William Bruidnell and Francis Finnegan to William Wirt Henry

                                                Creator:  Bruidnell, William, b. 1842; Finnegan

                                                Date:  1862-08-09

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include a request for pay amounting to $116 and an update on the leaders of the Vermont Regiment.

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                                                  Title:   William Bruidnell and Samuel Morey to William Wirt Henry

                                                  Creator:  Bruidnell, William, b. 1842; Morey

                                                  Date:  1862-07-19

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include a description of the Battle of Mechanicsville (June 26-27, 1862), part of the Seven Days campaign near Richmond.

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