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William C. Holbrook Correspondence

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The son of Vermont Governor Frederick Holbrook, William C. Holbrook left his job as a clerk in Boston at the outbreak of the war to help raise a regiment of infantry. He was commissioned first lieutenant in Company F, 4th Vermont Infantry, but left the regiment for a promotion to Major in the 7th Vermont Infantry in January, 1862. Holbrook was commissioned colonel of the 7th after the death of Col. George T. Roberts in August 1862. He resigned from the 7th in June, 1865. After the war’s end, he studied law at Hrvard, graduating in 1869, and became a lawyer in New York City. He won an appointment as judge of the Court of Special Session in 1895.

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Time Period Covered: October 16, 1861 - December 9, 1862 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

Published:  May 12, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   William C. Holbrook to Frederick Holbrook

Creator:  Holbrook, William Cune, 1842-1904

Date:  1862-09-24

Resource type:   correspondence

To Gov. Holbrook with topics including the resignation of 1st Lieutenant Howard of Company G; the recommendations for the position, effects of illness at Vicksburg creating vacancies; the difficulty of finding replacements because of the “infamous Order”, still seeks info about the establishment of a court of inquiry; his expression of anger and disgust at how the Dept. is being run and writes of the proposition that he (William) tender his resignation.

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    Title:   William C. Holbrook to Frederick Holbrook

    Creator:  Holbrook, William Cune, 1842-1904

    Date:  1862-11-05

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include a description of the Court of Inquiry that was held by General Butler, his disdain for Gen. Butler; sending men to Vt to recruit for the regiment, the wish to establish recruiting stations by the Canadian border, praise for the French Canadians as soldiers and recommending the Quartermaster Morse for a promotion.

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      Title:   William C. Holbrook to Frederick Holbrook

      Creator:  Holbrook, William Cune, 1842-1904

      Date:  1862-11-25

      Resource type:   correspondence

      From New Orleans to his father Gov. Holbrook, William writes of the arrival of Dr. Langdon and Dr. Foster with Chaplain Hopkins on the steamer McClellan; of news that they bring regarding the government adhering to its bargain; his praise of these men; the regiment residing at Pensacola, his recommendation of distinguishing between the assistant surgeons just in case the positions are ever vacant (thus leaving him in a delicate position at some point) and the expectation to receive orders to head North.

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        Title:   William C. Holbrook to Frederick Holbrook

        Creator:  Holbrook, William Cune, 1842-1904

        Date:  1862-12-09

        Resource type:   correspondence

        To his father topics include the sickness of the regiment (mentions miasma, vapors from swamp believed to cause disease), mentions scorbutic appearance of the sick (relating to scurvy), a description of Pensacola Harbor, and very high praise for the Chaplain for all he has done for the men.

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          Title:   William C. Holbrook to Mother

          Creator:  Holbrook, William Cune, 1842-1904

          Date:  1861-10-16

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the movement of the regiment from Camp Advance to Camp Griffin, an alarm caused by the Dutchmen mistaking a calf for the rebels, Union officers receive praise from Holbrook (McClellan) as does the unit he is in from officers Col Stoughton and Gen Smith and a description of the living situation at camp that include good food, sleeping on the ground and sending money back home.

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            Title:   William C. Holbrook to Mother

            Creator:  Holbrook, William Cune, 1842-1904

            Date:  1862-07-22

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include a Rebel “Ram” passing the Union fleet and stopping at Vicksburg, the continued bombardment, and the sickness in the regiment and the request for more medical personnel (i.e. surgeon).

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              Title:   William C. Holbrook to Mother

              Creator:  Holbrook, William Cune, 1842-1904

              Date:  1862-08-14

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the number of men that were killed and wounded at the battle of Baton Rouge August 5th, lost of his "boy Jack" [does he refer to a Black man in his service or to a child?], the loss of Col. Roberts, the unpopularity of the current officer Col. Faillam, the men's request that Holbrook replace Faillam, Holbrook’s desire to go into a regiment located in Virginia, Gen. Phelps and his opinions on the slave question, Gen. Butler's compliments to the regiment for its brave conduct in the Baton Rouge battle, sending home of the Secessionist's flag retrieved from Fort Pike, desire for newspapers from Vt.

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