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Lyman S. Williams Correspondence

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Lyman S. Williams was born in Burlington, Vermont in December, 1839, the son of Warren and Caroline (Pennock) Williams. The family moved to Essex, Vermont before 1850. Lyman S. enlisted as on September 26, 1861 as a Corporal in Company I, Sixth Vermont Infantry Regiment and was mustered in on October 15, 1861. He rose through the ranks and was commissioned captain of Co. I of the 6th Vermont Regiment on November 12, 1864. He was mustered out June 26, 1865. He married Mary Mirandi Gorton of Essex, Vermont and in 1867 moved to Estherville, Iowa. He died there on June 29, 1905.

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Time Period Covered: October 7, 1861 - August 24, 1862 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Papers of Lyman S. Williams

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

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Title:   Lyman S. Willams to Lois L. Williams

Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

Date:  1862-07-09

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the camp being shelled twice, the regiment camping on the east bank of the James River, the losses in both armies, and the regiment being reviewed by President Lincoln.

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    Title:   Lyman S. Willams to Lois L. Williams

    Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

    Date:  1862-07-27

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the quietness of camp near Harrisons Landing, a church service that Lyman Williams attended, and the food Lyman misses from home.

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      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Caroline Williams

      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

      Date:  1861-11-16

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the comforts of camp life.

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        Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

        Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

        Date:  1862-04-01

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include the journey from Alexandria to Newport News.

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          Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

          Date:  1862-05-18

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the hard marching to a camp owned by the rebel Colonel Lee and requests for items to be sent from home.

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            Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

            Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

            Date:  1862-02-18

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include the warm, muddy weather, the success of the Burnsides Expedition, the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, and the possibility of either marching to Manassas and on to Richmond or back to Vermont.

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              Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

              Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

              Date:  1862-01-29

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the sick in Essex and at camp, the knee deep mud, and Lyman Williams' plan to send money home.

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                Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Parents

                Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                Date:  1862-07-06

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include a retreat to the James River (known later as a "great skedaddle," a word that Williams uses here but in the context of not being paid), a fight at Savage's Station, a review by General McClellan, and the men killed and wounded in the fight.

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                  Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Warren Williams

                  Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                  Date:  1861-10-07

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the election of officers.

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                    Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Warren Williams

                    Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                    Date:  1862-04-20

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include Lyman Williams coming down with a fever, an encounter with the rebels that left four men wounded, and the rebels' description of the Vermont regiment as dare devils. Stationery has an illustration of a "Vermont Boy," plus two verses of a song with the title "Vermont Soldier." The refrain, "Away down in Dixie," suggests an attempt to compete with the immortal southern song "Dixie."

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                      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to [Lois L. Williams]

                      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                      Date:  [1861]-10-25

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include the journey from Montpelier to Camp Griffin.

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                        Title:   Lyman S.Williams to Lois L. Williams

                        Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                        Date:  1861-12-09

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include the improving health of the regiment, the deaths of John Roland and Walter Osburn, and a scouting expedition.

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                          Title:   Nathan A. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                          Creator:  Williams, Nathan A., 1837-1903

                          Date:  1862-08-24

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include the expectation of a battle and reinforcements. The anticipated battle was probably the 2nd Manassas or Bull Run campaign (Aug. 26-30, another win for the Confederates).

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