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Roswell Farnham Correspondence

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An 1849 graduate of the University of Vermont, Farnham taught school in lower Canada and northern Vermont while studying law. He was admitted to the Orange County Bar in 1857 and began a private practice. Farnham was commissioned from Bradford on May 1, 1861 as a 2nd lietenant in Co.D, 1st Vt. Infantry and mustered out August 15, 1861. He was later commissioned as a lieutenant colonel of the 12 Vt. on September 19, 1862. After returning to Vermont, Farnham was elected to the Vermont State Senate in 1868 and elected governor in 1880.

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Time Period Covered: May 5, 1861 - February 26, 1864 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Roswell Farnham Papers

Published:  March 10, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   ? to Father

Date:  1863-02-26

Resource type:   correspondence

Unsigned letter to his father with topics including Col Farnham's horses being sick but getting better ; the variable weather, how people can make do with few conveniences, Mr. Peach the cook, the food that is available in camp ; the dark looks the southerners give the soldiers, his negative opinion of the white southerners, mentioning writing to Henry, Laura and hoping to see Zeke.

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    Title:   Asa P. Blunt

    Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

    Date:  1863-02-12

    Resource type:   correspondence

    A pass for Lt. Col. Roswell Farnham, G. G. Benedict, and Mary Farnham to go to Washington signed by Asa P. Blunt, Col. Commanding at Wolf Run Shoals, Va.

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      Title:   Asa P. Blunt

      Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

      Date:  1863-04-06

      Resource type:   correspondence

      A pass for Roswell Farnham to go to Washington to return in 48 hours approved by Asa P. Blunt, Colonel Commanding 2nd Brigade Casey's Division.

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        Title:   Asa P. Blunt

        Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

        Date:  1863-04-11

        Resource type:   correspondence

        A pass for Mary Farnham, Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. Vaughan, and Mrs. Peach to go to Washington.

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          Title:   Asa P. Blunt

          Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

          Date:  1863-04-15

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Pass for Roswell Farnham to go to Washington for 48 hours approved by Asa P. Blunt, Colonel Commander of Brigade ; extended 48 hours by Maj. Genl. Heintzelman.

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            Title:   Asa P. Blunt to E. Mason

            Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the questioning of G. Mason’s loyalty to the United States government by Col. Blunt, denial of protection Mason has requested, the suggestion that Mason take the oath of allegiance to the U.S. or suffer the consequences of possible destruction of property.

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              Title:   Asa P. Blunt to Roswell Farnham

              Creator:  Blunt, Asa P.

              Date:  1862-10-13

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include a pass allowing Roswell Farnham to and from Washington D.C.

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                Title:   Battle of Big Bethal, Va June 10th, 1861

                Creator:  Farnham, Roswell, 1827-1903

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include a map that shows various maneuvers of Farnham's company; inaccuracies in the newspaper account of the Battle of Big Bethel; and various ailments, aches & pains endured during the march.

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                  Title:   Benjamin F. Butler to John Wolcott Phelps

                  Creator:  Butler, Benjamin F.

                  Date:  1861-07-16

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the summoning of Roys Nicholas Colbert and Charles Stepheny to Command General Benjamin F. Butler.

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                    Title:   Bird's-Eye View of Fortress Monroe Virginia

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    MAP

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                      Title:   Conductors Will Pass Free

                      Date:  1864-02-26

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      A railroad military pass for Col. Roswell Farnham allowing passage from Alexandria (Va.) to Brandy (maybe, Brandy, Va.)

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                        Title:   E. P. Mason to [Asa P.] Blunt

                        Creator:  Mason, E. P.

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include E. P. Mason asking Roswell Farnham for his help in protecting his sick family.

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                          Title:   E. P. Mason to [Asa P.] Blunt

                          Creator:  Mason, E. P.

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include G. Mason stationed in Spring Bank Virginia requesting of Col. Blunt that guards be stationed around his house and wood pile for protection.

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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:   Edwin H. Stoughton to Roswell Farnham

                              Creator:  Stoughton, Edwin H.

                              Date:  1863-01-12

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              A brief communication from Brig. Gen. Stoughton to Farnham informing Farnham to withdraw the five (5) Companies and report to his Regiment at once.

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                                Title:   F. V. Randall

                                Creator:  Randall, F. V.

                                Date:  1863-03-11

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include a pass for Roswell Farnham to go to Alexandria and return in 48 hours.

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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 Prichard, C. C. P. Baldwin, and R. C. Johnson to Roswell Farnham

                                    Creator:  Prichard, George; Baldwin, C. C. P.; and Johnson

                                    Date:  1862-10-04

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include the presentation of a horse to Roswell Farnham because of his patriotism.

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                                      Title:   Joseph Legar to John Wolcott Phelps

                                      Creator:  Legar, Joseph

                                      Date:  1861-06-27

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include trying to save Isaac Jones' property.

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                                        Title:   Mary E. Farnham to Henry

                                        Creator:  Farnham, Mary E.

                                        Date:  1863-01-27

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Mary Farnham writes from Wolf Shoals Creek, Va. on the Occoquan River to brother Henry about desserts and other food the troops are enjoying eating, her instructions for food to be sent to brother Zeke in the 10th Regiment, terrible traveling conditions due to deep muddy roads, horses having to be walked, she riding with other officers' wives, and her feeling uncomfortable with the looks of the Southerns (Secesh)

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                                          Title:   Mary E. Farnham to Henry

                                          Creator:  Farnham, Mary E.

                                          Date:  1863-03-19

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          From Mary Farnham to Henry topics include letters received and responded to, military action among the men, pickets and taking of Rebel soldiers, fighting engagement at Kelly’s Ford, her thoughts on the unhealthy environment she is in, the varying degrees of health or illness of the men in camp, her horse ride even though the weather has been inclement, her comments on what the military trained horses will do, the ill health and death of some horses.

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                                            Title:   Mary E. Farnham to Henry

                                            Creator:  Farnham, Mary E.

                                            Date:  1862-12-24

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Mary Farnham writes from near Fairfax Court House in Virginia to her brother, Henry, of soldiers being taken prisoners, of the wounded, of casualties, of checking rabbit traps for food. She mentions the weather, of her tour of camp, of sickness among the troops, of her excellent dinner at camp with Mrs. Blunt, Mrs. Stearns and others, and writes of family back home.

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                                              Title:   Mary E. Farnham to Laura

                                              Creator:  Farnham, Mary E.

                                              Date:  1863-02-17

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              From Mary Farnham to sister Laura with topics including a detailed description of Mary Farnham’s visit to camp, a visit to Washington visiting the Capitol & Senate buildings ; Farnham's horses sick with horse distemper, one of them being Burnie ; Mary's discomfort traveling in the ambulance ; her embarrassing slip and fall in the ambulance ; her horse ride back ; the good health of the regiment ; weight gain of Lt. Herrick ; her affection for horse Jenny.

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                                                Title:   Mary [E. Farnham] to Henry

                                                Creator:  [Farnham], Mary

                                                Date:  1863-02-28

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Letter from Mary to brother Henry carries a demanding tone of an older sibling to a younger one ; topics include inquiring about Henry’s examinations, her plan to stay at camp until June, responding to Henry's remarks about her being in camp saying several of the officers' wives are also in camp, the sick men in the regiment, and Mary demanding to know who thinks Mary should return home suggesting someone thinks it may not be appropriate for a woman (according the social norm of the day) to be in a military camp.

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                                                  Title:   Miscellaneous

                                                  Creator:  Phelps, John Wolcott

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Permission for "the Negro Dawson Speedley" to leave camp. Signed by Col. Phelps.

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