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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 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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