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Henry Harrison Wilder Correspondence

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Henry Harrison Wilder enlisted from Weybridge, VT on August 23, 1861 as corporal in Co. F, 5th Vermont Regiment. He was killed in action at Savage's Station, June 29, 1862.

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Time Period Covered: September 19, 1861 - August 16, 1862 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

Published:  March 15, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

Date:  1861-10-22

Resource type:   correspondence

Henry writes of having his military pay make interest, of a fight that had taken place and General Johnston was taken prisoner, of his health being better, of a soldier's discharge due to fever sore on his leg, of a woman named Marion and of a lot of letter writing being done by the soldiers.

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    Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

    Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

    Date:  1861-12-17

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Henry requests food items of sausages, a chicken pie, and cheese, writes that Merrill wants his mother to stuff 5 chickens, bake them and freeze them and send them in a box, of he and Merrill going to be tent mates.

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      Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

      Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

      Date:  1861-?-29

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Va. of being in good health, of having gained ten pounds, of sleeping well, of having a comfortable bed and coverings, of the burial service of two men held by the Chaplain and of Fenton ill with the measles.

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        Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

        Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

        Date:  1862-01-17

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include a request for Wilder's mother to send him papers, envelopes, butter, cheese, sausage, and any other essential items.

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          Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

          Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

          Date:  1862-01-26

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include marching orders, the cold weather, and the way the regiment sets up their guns so they are always ready. The order to march probably refers to Lincoln's General War Order No. 1, an attempt to prod his generals to act. By "Chatilerz" Wilder may have meant "chattelers," or those assigned the duty of moving war materiel.

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            Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

            Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

            Date:  1862-02-11

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the regiment remaining at Camp Griffin and Wilder asking his mother's opinion on him and Merrion entering the regular scouts for five years.

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              Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

              Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

              Date:  1862-03-?

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the preparations to march and then the order was countermanded. Mentions "the box" of supplies from home.

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                Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                Date:  1862-06-11

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include clarifying things that were written home about Merrill, what Wilder will do once he leaves the army alive, and a man named Damon Hunter returning home after having his leg amputated. One Civil War chronology notes on this date "little or no action on the main front in Virginia along the Chickahominy."

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                  Title:   [Henry Harrison Wilder] to Mother

                  Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                  Date:  1861-09-22

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Henry writes from Camp Holbrooke in St. Albans of the 5th Vt Vol Regiment to his mother about rainy weather, acting as Corporal of the Guard, and receiving pay for his services and talks about how his pay should be handled.

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                    Title:   [Henry Harrison Wilder] to Mother

                    Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                    Date:  1861-11-08

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Virginia of the difficulty of camp life, of Fenton being very ill and taken to Georgetown to the General Hospital.

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