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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:  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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                                  Title:   Merrill F. Samson to A. Hayward

                                  Creator:  Samson, Merrill F.

                                  Date:  1862-07-18

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include the death of Wilder; and his friend Merrill sending condolences to Wilder's mother. Wilder may have died during the Battle of Malvern Hill, which concluded the Seven Days Campaign; or in any number of skirmishes that occurred in early July.

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                                    Title:   [B. Murray?] to Aunt

                                    Creator:  Murray, B.

                                    Date:  1862-08-09

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include the army photographs of Wilder being sent to his family.

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                                      Title:   [Frances] E. Carter to Grammama

                                      Creator:  Carter, Frances E.

                                      Date:  1862-07-31

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Wilder's niece writes a letter of condolence to her grandmother for his death.

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                                        Title:   [Frankie?] to Mother

                                        Date:  ?-?-?

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        A poem, "Death of H. H. Wilder," written by Frankie, presumably Wilder's nephew.

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                                          Title:   [Henry Harrison Wilder] to ?

                                          Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                          Date:  1861-09-19

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Henry writes from Camp Holbrooke in St. Albans (5th Regiment Vt Volunteers Co. B) that he is taking a route on the east side of the mountain instead of the Rutland and Burlington Railroad.

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                                            Title:   [Henry Harrison Wilder] to Mother

                                            Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                            Date:  1861-09-30

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Henry writes from his camp at Chain Bridge of his journey made by the 5th Regiment of Vermont Volunteers from Springfield to Washington D.C. and on to Marellian Hill and then to Chain Bridge. Speaks of soldiers being shot almost everyday by the Rebels and of orders to march to Fairfax Court, requests postage stamps.

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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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                                                  Title:   [Henry Harrison Wilder] to Mother

                                                  Creator:  Wilder, Henry Harrison

                                                  Date:  1861-12-11

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Henry writes from Camp Griffin, Va of the regiment's scouting expedition, of Capt. Stowell's company, of obtaining two hogs from a pen, of the fact that the captain is not very liked and that Lt. Hamilton is well liked by the company. Cautions his mother against being bothered about hear say.

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