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Wheelock Graves Veazey Correspondence

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Wheelock Graves Veazey was born in Brentwood, New Hampshire on December 5, 1835 and attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Dartmouth College, and Albany Law School before being admitted to the Vermont Bar in December 1860. He then began a law practice in Springfield, Vermont. When the Civil War began, Veazey enlisted as a private in Company A of the 3rd Vermont Infantry. He eventually attained the rank of lieutenant colonel before helping to form the 16th Vermont Infantry in 1862. As colonel of the 16th Vermont Infantry, he commanded soldiers in the Battle of Gettysburg. Wheelock Graves Veazey later received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg. Upon returning to Vermont, Veazey resumed his law career and was eventually elected Reporter of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Vermont. He was then elected to the Vermont State Senate in 1872 and was appointed a Registrar in Bankruptcy. Veazey served as a delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention in 1876, and the Legislature elected him a judge of the Vermont Supreme Court in 1879. Veazey died on March 22, 1898 at the age of 62.

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Time Period Covered: January 5, 1861 - March 31, 1863 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Wheelock Graves Veazey Papers

Published:  March 10, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

Date:  1862-04-06

Resource type:   correspondence

Writing in the field topics include moving from Yorktown to James River, the rebels withdrawing from Youngs Mills, and a description of General Smith.

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    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

    Date:  1862-04-09

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Writing from Camp Union Mills, Va. topics include a description of the fast day with sports being played, a prediction that the next campaign will end the war, and a description of the rebel army.

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      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

      Date:  1862-04-17

      Resource type:   correspondence

      From Camp Winfield Scott topics include Motts battery engaging the rebels, an account of Wheelock Veazey’s regiment driving the rebels back, references to several officers and their men and the losses during the skirmishes.

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        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

        Date:  1862-04-22

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include a brief love letter, continuous firing from the rebels, men being pressed into service for the Confederate army (reference to the Irish), reference to the Merrimack, Rebel rifle pits, and the number of men who were killed or injured in the skirmishes.

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          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

          Date:  1862-04-22

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Veazey writes to Julia of how much he loves and misses her and addressing lies told about General Smith, McClellan's favorable opinion of Gen. Smith along with that of other officers.

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            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

            Date:  1862-05-07

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Writing from in the field topics include a detailed description of the fighting and victory near Williamsburg, Virginia, reference to Hookers Division, Fort Magruder, General Smith, General Hancock, the men that were injured or lost in the battle, public buildings being used as hospitals and Confederate General Ripley killed in action.

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              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

              Date:  1862-05-14

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Writing from the field 26 miles from Richmond, Virginia topics include a description of camp at Cumberland Landing on the Pamunkey River (tributary of the York River in eastern Virginia), the White House Farm estate, restrictions of the soldiers to respect and not touch anything belonging to the house or grounds, the expectation of a battle at the Chickahominy Swamp, reference to Gen. McClellan and his divisions, praise from confederates prisoners of the excellence of the Vermont 3rd and the hope for a victory near Richmond.

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                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                Date:  1862-05-16

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Writing from Headquarters Smith's Division, Camp on Custis estate topics include Veazey missing his wife and a description of the camp that includes the presence of 50,000 men and lots of music.

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                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                  Date:  1862-05-[2?]

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  From headquarters 5th Vt Vols, Smith's Division topics include the sickness of the field officers of the 5th Vermont Regiment and the temporary promotion of Wheelock Veazey to head the regiment until the others return to health.

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                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                    Date:  1862-06-01

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Writing from camp near Cold Harbor, Virginia topics include the one year anniversary of the Veazey’s marriage to Julia, the defeat of the rebels on numerous fronts, his opinion and description of the horrors of war, fighting with the 5th Vermont Regiment, reference to General Porter, General McClellan.

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                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                      Date:  1862-06-04

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include a reference to the Battle of Seven Pines (May 31, June 1, 1862 Fair Oaks), battle casualties, praise for the New England regiments, his opinions of how the Southerners view the Yankees, his desire for the war to be over, his feelings that some abolitionists wish for slavery's end over union of the nation.

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                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                        Date:  1862-06-07

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Writing somewhere near Richmond, Virginia topics include expression of sadness over the death of Captain William Parker Ainsworth of Nashua (May 30, 1862), a description of the Battle of Richmond (Peninsular Campaign), his praise for General McClellan and the reporting of the favorable opinion of François-Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Marie d'Orléans, prince de Joinville of the Yankees.

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                          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                          Date:  1862-06-10

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include reporting of a few scrimmages, of Captain William Parker Ainsworth’s funeral and his honorable life, of desire to be home.

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                            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                            Date:  1862-06-15

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include Wheelock Veazey’s position as Judge Advocate of a General Court Martial, the inspiration of General McClellan, and a love letter to his wife.

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                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                              Date:  1862-07-05

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Writing from Harrison's Landing, Virginia topics include an attack by Andrew Jackson and the subsequent fighting, Veazey's taking command of the 77th New York Regiment, and the great losses of both armies, brief references to Gen. John Pope and Secretary of War Edwin M.Stanton.

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                                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                Date:  1862-07-13

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Still at Harrison's Landing and writing to Julia now in Boston topics include improved health of the men, the resignation of Major Seaver and Major Proctor, and Wheelock Veazey saying when he leaves the army he will not yet be fit for business, laments that if he does not get a regiment he will resign from service, is distraught about the politicians, corruption of the army, and gives a brief mention of women with the army.

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                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                  Date:  1862-07-17

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  From Harrison's Landing to Julia still in Boston topics include the improved health of Wheelock Veazey, Major Seaver’s resignation denied, wishing to be home, the possibility of the war ending in the autumn if more troops are raised but fears it will not be enough or soon enough and of having been sent some two dozen bottles of whiskey but does not know who sent them.

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                                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                    Date:  1862-07-26

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Writing from camp near Harrison's Landing Veazey expresses his opinions about the high cost of fruit and vegetables, government controlled transportation and difficulty of getting around, the poor health of Veazey’s father-in-law, and his poor impression of President Lincoln of being an "Old Betty." On the bright side, his camp and men are clean and doing well.

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                                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                      Date:  1862-08-03

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Wheelock Veazey writes to Julia visiting in Boston, writes of his hove for her and of missing her, the desire for a new regiment and suspecting nepotism by the Governor, the return of Captain Atherton who still suffers from his wound, and a fight with the rebels.

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                                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                        Date:  1862-08-10

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include Wheelock Veazey loving and missing his wife, of reading the book Gypsy’s Prophecy, of sending a receipt for money home to Julia.

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                                          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                          Date:  1862-08-12

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Writing from camp near Harrison's Landing, Veazey laments of life as a soldier, being tired of war, of feeling soldiers will not be fit for civilian life, of the waters of Saratoga will benefit his father-in-law's health, of high cost of living.

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                                            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                            Date:  1862-08-22

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Writing from Heigera Hotel at Fortress Monroe topics include marching to the fort, his feelings of how the Peninsular Campaign has been for naught, only for the loss of so many lives, storm postponing the division from moving, the resignation of Captain Atherton and reminding Julia of not to engage in flirtatious behavior.

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                                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                              Date:  1862-08-24

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Writing from Hygeia Hospital at Fort Munroe topics include the ill health of Veazey (bilious condition) and that of his father-in-law.

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                                                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                                Date:  1862-09-07

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include a favorable description of Columbia College Hospital in Washington, D.C. and its surgeons, his praise of General McClellan and his command, and the sickness of Colonel Hyde.

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                                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                                  Date:  1862-10-29

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Writing from camp at East Capitol Hill in D.C. topics include the journey to Washington D.C. and the pregnancy of Wheelock Veazey’s wife.

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