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Edward P. Stone Correspondence

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The correspondence consists of letters from Edward P. Stone, chaplain of the 6th Vermont Regiment, and his brother John M. Stone, to family in Berlin, Vermont. Edward Payson Stone of Berlin, Vermont, was born on August 1, 1830 in Quechee, the son of John F. and Lydia (Paddock) Stone. He was ordained as a Congregational minister on October 14, 1861. On October 10, 1861, he was commissioned Chaplain of the 6th Vermont Regiment. He served in that capacity until his resignation on August 27, 1863. He died of arteriosclerosis on September 11, 1920, at Rutland, Vermont, and was buried in Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier.

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Time Period Covered: November 18, 1861 - March 19, 1863 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Edward P. Stone Letters

Published:  March 22, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

Date:  [1861-10-?]

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include a service the regiment attended.

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    Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

    Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

    Date:  1861-11-18

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the death of William Fallon of Royalton from the measles.

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      Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

      Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

      Date:  1861-12-28

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the improving health of the men in the regiment and officers being ordered home to recruit for the brigade.

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        Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

        Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

        Date:  [1862]-01-01

        Resource type:   correspondence

        New Year's greeting given to family, getting his tent settled, men under marching orders, no passes to be approved until Gen. Brooks returns.

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          Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

          Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

          Date:  1862-07-08

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Chaplain Stone expresses sadness at leaving sick and wounded (perhaps from the Seven Days Battles fought June 26 to July 2), sending money, sickness among the men, Dr. Chandler, Dr. Henry Janes, the officers & the chaplains, requests a linen coat, sending home clothing, John working at the wharf (perhaps along the James River?).

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            Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

            Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

            Date:  1862-07-30

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Inquires about ladies in the family, requesting letters from them, states there is good water contrary to what the newspapers report, vegetables to eat, building brick ovens, prayer meetings being held in brick church, death of son of Judge Swift of Middlebury.

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              Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

              Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

              Date:  [1862]-09-[23]

              Resource type:   correspondence

              A very brief letter stating he was in Burkittsville with the wounded (casualties from the Battle of Burkittsville or called the Battle of Crampton's Gap, Maryland, September 14, 1862), then set out to find the regiment but was unsuccessful so he stopped at Pleasant Valley and stayed with a family there ; preached at United Bretheren ; mentions fruits of all kinds available.

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                Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                Date:  1862-11-15

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Writes how he and other chaplains are discouraged as their duties as ministers often can not be done as the men are often marching ; difficult to constantly hear profanity ; seeks prayers from folks at home, a caution at the end of the letter to not print this but perhaps convey his sentiments in other ways.

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                  Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                  Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                  Date:  1862-11-20

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Regiment several days marching before reaching camp near the Aquia Creek, names various commanders in charge of the corps, newspaper informed him of the death of General Israel Richardson (wounded in Battle of Antietam in Maryland, Sept. 17, 1862, died Nov. 3, 1862)

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                    Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                    Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                    Date:  1862-12-23

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Stone's morale low ; discouragement of the soldiers after Fredericksburg ; Stone looking for a new chaplain’s position.

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                      Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                      Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                      Date:  1862-12-28

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Writes of expecting letters from home, names several officers resigning, has a pass to go to Washington with a dead soldier, money, resigning his position as chaplain but wishes to work on some historical records of the regiment first, is well but is suffering from diarrhea.

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                        Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                        Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                        Date:  1862-12-28

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Two letters dated Dec 28 and New Year's Day [1863] ; relates procedure and process by which allowed pass to travel to Washington with a soldier’s body, travel to Washington on the steamer Zepher, receiving parcels from home ; asking if $400 received.

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                          Title:   Edward P. Stone to Family

                          Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                          Date:  1863-03-19

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include visiting ministers, Colonel Tuttle resigning, Col. Barney in command, petition written up endorsing the Administration, Stone feeling better about his usefulness.

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                            Title:   Edward P. Stone to John F. Stone

                            Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                            Date:  1861-12-19

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include preparing for the funerals of the men who died from sickness.

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                              Title:   Edward P. Stone to John F. Stone

                              Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                              Date:  1862-08-08

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              From camp along the James River, Va. he writes of money sent to his father, box received from home, fashioning furnishings with items available, mentions his horse, men may be required to move, will regret having to leave the brick church being used for worship, church cushioned & carpeted & has an organ, perhaps a gift from Mrs. President Harrison, missing soldiers learned to be prisoners exchanged unharmed.

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                                Title:   Edward P. Stone to John F. Stone

                                Creator:  Stone, Edward P., 1830-1920

                                Date:  1862-12-09

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Stone writes he encloses $400 ; just paid for four months service ; the regiment to march towards Fredericksburg, Va. ; he thinks this may mean a battle (a battle was fought Dec. 13, 1862 at Fredericksburg) ; he will stay behind unless the regiment moves ; address for John given.

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                                  Title:   John M. Stone to Family

                                  Creator:  Stone, John M., 1835-1915

                                  Date:  1861-11-30

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include a number of deaths in the regiment from sickness.

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                                    Title:   John M. Stone to Family

                                    Creator:  Stone, John M., 1835-1915

                                    Date:  1861-12-[09]

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include the health of the regiment and numerous deaths.

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                                      Title:   John M. Stone to Family

                                      Creator:  Stone, John M., 1835-1915

                                      Date:  1862-08-28

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Two letters dated Aug 28 & Aug 30 ; grateful for letters from home writing, pride in Vermont for providing soldiers, loading wagons onto the boats in Hampton (Va.?), pleased with the work done by black men, sending money home and news from home.

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