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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 ?

Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

Date:  ?-?-?

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include Wilder's uncertainties regarding if he shall ever see his family again and if the regiment is going to advance, as well as sending items home.

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    Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

    Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

    Date:  1861-11-15

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Va. of a grave marker being made for Potter who died of consumption, of acknowledging that two months have passed since leaving home, of going on picket duty, of the expected presence of McClellan and of there being 30,000 men on the parade ground.

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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:  1861-11-11

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Henry writes a solemn letter about the death from consumption of his tent mate, Adams Potter of Cornwall, of his plans to write to friends and family.

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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:  1862-03-13

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include marching from Camp Griffin to camp near Flint Hill and the news that the regiment will continue on to Washington. This is the beginning of the Peninsula Campaign.

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                  Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                  Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                  Date:  1862-03-16

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Wilder's location is titled "Sesesh Church," in Alexandria. "Sesesh," Wilder's phonetic spelling of "secesh," or "secessionist," suggests that the members of the church were Confederate sympathizers. Mentions Gen. George B. McClellan (recently relieved of his supreme command but still in charge of the Army of the Potomac) and the beginnings of the Peninsula Campaign, which involved patrolling the James and York rivers. Wilder expresses determination to fight for the Union cause.

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                    Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                    Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                    Date:  1862-05-07

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include a description of the Union Victory since that at Yorktown, which may include the Battle of Williamsburg (May 5, 1862).

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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:  1861-10-12

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include advancing on the Rebels to Prospect Hill, a battle at Hatteras Inlet where the Rebels lost many men, and two Rebels at Camp Advance that were taken prisoners. Reference to Gen. Scott, to Bull Run, to plenty of chestnuts available to eat. Also mentions the opinion that many believe the war will be short (six months)

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                          Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                          Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                          Date:  1861-10-20

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Henry Harrison Wilder writes to his mother about his sickness and the treatment he is receiving from Doctor Russel. Mentions Captain Stowell, also receiving a box of cheese and pickles, minor illness among the men, anticipated discipline (to be shot) for a soldier found asleep at his post.

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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:  1862-01-30

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include Wilder asking his mother to send the items he requested as soon as possible.

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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:  1862-02-13

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include Wilder getting his army picture taken, his plan to send it to his mother, and a victory at Roanoke Island, No. Carolina (Feb. 8), in which over 2,000 prisoners were taken.

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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:  1862-04-01

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include the route the regiment marched to arrive at camp near Newport News and a skirmish with the rebels coming down the river, firing at the coast.

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                                        Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                        Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                        Date:  1862-04-09

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include the rebels being strongly fortified at Lee's Mill, the preparations for a hard battle (the month-long siege of Yorktown), and Merrill's sickness. Detailed description of some dead and wounded soldiers.

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                                          Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                          Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                          Date:  1862-04-23

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include a request for Wilder's mother to send him stamps, Wilder's predictions that he may never return home, and a description of the battle at Yorktown. Poignant thoughts about friends and loved ones near and far away.

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                                            Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                            Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                            Date:  1862-04-28

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include two officers from the New York regiment joining the rebel army and a description of a rebel attack. Wilder is writing at the time of the Siege of Yorktown, Va.

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                                              Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                              Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                              Date:  1861-12-07

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Va. of a scouting and foraging expedition of 30,000 men whereby corn, hay and wood were obtained, of the death of Fenton on November 29th, of few meetings held by the Chaplain who is not very well thought of and of visiting the sick in the hospital.

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                                                Title:   Henry Harrison Wilder to Mother

                                                Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                                Date:  1862-06-25

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include Captain E. S. Stowell heading for Vermont to become a Major in the 9th Regiment, the death of Wilder's Aunt, and Wilder receiving his pay the next day. June 25 marks the beginning of the failed campaign against Richmond known as The Seven Days.

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                                                  Title:   Martha to Amanda Hayward

                                                  Date:  1862-08-16

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include condolences for Wilder's death.

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