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Benjamin F. Parmenter Correspondence

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Benjamin F. Parmenter of Mt. Holly, Vt., enlisted May 7, 1861 in the 2nd Vermont Regiment, Co. I. He deserted in September 1862, but returned and was discharged in January 1863 for disability. Parmenter's letters are written to one of his brothers.

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Time Period Covered: July 10, 1861 - October 29, 1861 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Correspondence of Benjamin F. Parmenter

Published:  March 25, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

Date:  1861-07-10

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the regiment moving to Virginia.

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    Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

    Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

    Date:  1861-07-28

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include Benjamin F. Parmenter's negative opinion of an attack ( the first battle of Bull Run--see letter 3).

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      Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

      Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

      Date:  1861-08-08

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the regiment being located at Bush Hill Camp, rumors that they may join up with another brigade, more discussion of the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Parmenter's low opinions of the regiments officers,and his disappointment in the treatment of the soldiers.

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        Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

        Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

        Date:  1861-10-12

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include Benjamin F. Parmenter's hospital stay and him enlisting his brother to take care of things at home.

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          Title:   Benjamin F. Parmenter to Brother

          Creator:  Parmenter, Benjamin F., 1832-1896

          Date:  1861-10-29

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the policy of the war department to not allow anyone to go home regardless of their circumstances,enquiries about home, Parmenter's growing disillusion with the Army, and a discussion about "the Southern confederacy is a fixed fact."

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