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George W. Quimby Correspondence

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George W. Quimby was an 1859 graduate of Dartmouth College before becoming a teacher and law student. Quimby was commissioned from Barton on September 4, 1861 as 1st lieutenant in Co. D, 4th Vt. He was promoted to captain on February 20, 1862. Quimby was killed in action at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.

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Time Period Covered: October 26, 1861 - November 30, 1862 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

Published:  October 14, 2010,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

Date:  1862-01-26

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include a "miniature" (porttrait?) that Quimby wants to send home; instructions for his sister to collect on a debt owed by Captain Tucker; and expectation of the Regiment advancing. The order to advance would come from Lincoln himself on Jan. 27, 1862, and would be his first General War Order.

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    Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

    Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

    Date:  1862-03-22

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Topics include the anticipation of marching to Alexandria in just over a week’s time, the resignation of Captain Tucker, and the promotion of George W. Quimby to captaincy. Mentions the slow moving Grand Army of the Potomac and the feeling that it may never see any fighting.

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      Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

      Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

      Date:  1862-01-20

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the terrible weather at Camp Griffin, Va. and the numerous deaths from sicknesses such as Typhoid Fever. "Smith's Division" refers to the Vt. 5th Infantry Regiment under the command of Gen. William F. "Baldy" Smith.

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        Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

        Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

        Date:  1862-02-10

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include descriptions of George W. Quimby’s superior officers, plus an incident that led to the arrest of a commanding officer, who was later exonerated.

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          Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

          Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

          Date:  1862-05-11

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include the hardships George W. Quimby is enduring, a brief account of fighting on the 6th of May (Battle of Williamsburg, Va.). Quimby describes "the horrid scenes of war": dead and dying soldiers in the aftermath of battle. Mentions generals Smith, Hancock, Sumner, Hooker, and Magruder.

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            Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

            Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

            Date:  1862-07-12

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include an account of a battle starting on the 27th of June (Battle of Gaines' Mill/First Cold Harbor/Chickahominy). Quimby mentions some explosions that surprisingly caused less harm than expected. Difficulties include long marches, usually at night; surprise attacks; and water deprivation.

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              Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

              Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

              Date:  1862-09-13

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include the hardships of war, the unfairness between the men who are at home and those that are fighting, and the progress of George W. Quimby’s recuperation. Mentions a long march "on a certain Sunday" from Charles City C. H. (Court House) across the Chickahominy River.

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                Title:   George W. Quimby to Emeline B. Masta

                Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                Date:  1862-11-30

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include George W. Quimby giving advice to his sister on whether or not to sell her house and the location of the regiment. Also, some grumblings about "that imbecile cabinet in Washington" and the post-McClellan command.

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                  Title:   George W. Quimby to Mother

                  Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                  Date:  1862-09-21

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Topics include the improvement of George W. Quimby’s health and a description of the heaps of dead, unburied Rebels on the battlefields. These were casualties of the Battle of Antietam Creek (Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1862), considered one of the bloodiest days of the war.

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                    Title:   George W. Quimby to Mother

                    Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                    Date:  1862-10-28

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include the improvement of George W. Quimby’s health, the cold nights, and a request for his father to send him an overcoat.

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                      Title:   George W. Quimby to Parents

                      Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                      Date:  1862-11-14

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include rumors of an upcoming march and the suspension of General McClellan. (Major Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside would assume command of the Army of the Potomac.) Quimby still hoping to receive a warm coat from home.

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                        Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                        Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                        Date:  1861-10-26

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Writes from Camp Griffin, Va, Smith's Division of camp life in general, of good food, of having been in several military advances since he last wrote, marching from Chain Bridge towards Lewinsville, "Sesesh" soldiers brought in with one having been said to have preached teh funeral service of Jackson and worth a lot of money, Picket Guard, Brigade Guard and sister's husband's health.

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                          Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                          Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                          Date:  1861-10-31

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Writes from Camp Griffin, Va. Smith's Division of consoling his sister Emeline on the death of her husband and how she should start taking care of the estate cautioning her about who she may trust and those town folks she should not be influenced by.

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                            Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                            Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                            Date:  1861-11-05

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include family matters where George gives legal advice to his sister Emeline in regards to settling her estate after the death of her husband, of illness among the men particularly measles, of finally getting all their military clothing.

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                              Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                              Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                              Date:  1861-11-30

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Writes to sister Emeline B. Masta from Camp Griffin, Va of a description of a Grand Review by Gen. McClellan and staff with Pres. Abraham Lincoln in attendance, marching to Bailey's Cross Roads, expedition to Fairfax Court House for grain, receipt of quilt and pillow, death of two men from disease, reference to Thanksgiving Day

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                                Title:   George W. Quimby to Sister

                                Creator:  Quimby, George W.

                                Date:  1861-12-13

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Writes to his sister Emeline about setting up camp for the winter in the woods that is proving to be a comfortable place, of being in good health, the leaving of Sargent Barney Robinson due to lameness.

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                                  Title:   George W. Quimby to Tucker

                                  Creator:  Quimby, George W., 1835-1862

                                  Date:  1862-04-25

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include the location of the company and a brief account of the battle of Lee's Mill. Also a comment about one legislator "Morrels" (Justin Morrill?) stating that Gen. William Smith was drunk. A summary of promotions.

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