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George W. Quimby Correspondence

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George W. Quimby was an 1859 graduate of Dartmouth College before becoming a teacher and law student. Quimby was commissioned from Barton on September 4, 1861 as 1st lieutenant in Co. D, 4th Vt. He was promoted to captain on February 20, 1862. Quimby was killed in action at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.

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Time Period Covered: October 26, 1861 - November 30, 1862 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

Published:  October 14, 2010,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

Date:  1862-05-11

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the hardships George W. Quimby is enduring, a brief account of fighting on the 6th of May (Battle of Williamsburg, Va.). Quimby describes "the horrid scenes of war": dead and dying soldiers in the aftermath of battle. Mentions generals Smith, Hancock, Sumner, Hooker, and Magruder.

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    Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

    Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

    Date:  1862-07-12

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include an account of a battle starting on the 27th of June (Battle of Gaines' Mill/First Cold Harbor/Chickahominy). Quimby mentions some explosions that surprisingly caused less harm than expected. Difficulties include long marches, usually at night; surprise attacks; and water deprivation.

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      Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

      Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

      Date:  1862-09-13

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the hardships of war, the unfairness between the men who are at home and those that are fighting, and the progress of George W. Quimby’s recuperation. Mentions a long march "on a certain Sunday" from Charles City C. H. (Court House) across the Chickahominy River.

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        Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

        Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

        Date:  1862-11-30

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include George W. Quimby giving advice to his sister on whether or not to sell her house and the location of the regiment. Also, some grumblings about "that imbecile cabinet in Washington" and the post-McClellan command.

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          Title:   George W. Quimby to Mother

          Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

          Date:  1862-09-21

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the improvement of George W. Quimby’s health and a description of the heaps of dead, unburied Rebels on the battlefields. These were casualties of the Battle of Antietam Creek (Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1862), considered one of the bloodiest days of the war.

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            Title:   George W. Quimby to Parents

            Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

            Date:  1862-11-14

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include rumors of an upcoming march and the suspension of General McClellan. (Major Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside would assume command of the Army of the Potomac.) Quimby still hoping to receive a warm coat from home.

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              Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

              Creator:  Quimby, George W.

              Date:  1861-10-26

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Writes from Camp Griffin, Va, Smith's Division of camp life in general, of good food, of having been in several military advances since he last wrote, marching from Chain Bridge towards Lewinsville, "Sesesh" soldiers brought in with one having been said to have preached teh funeral service of Jackson and worth a lot of money, Picket Guard, Brigade Guard and sister's husband's health.

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