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Wheelock Graves Veazey Correspondence

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Wheelock Graves Veazey was born in Brentwood, New Hampshire on December 5, 1835 and attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Dartmouth College, and Albany Law School before being admitted to the Vermont Bar in December 1860. He then began a law practice in Springfield, Vermont. When the Civil War began, Veazey enlisted as a private in Company A of the 3rd Vermont Infantry. He eventually attained the rank of lieutenant colonel before helping to form the 16th Vermont Infantry in 1862. As colonel of the 16th Vermont Infantry, he commanded soldiers in the Battle of Gettysburg. Wheelock Graves Veazey later received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg. Upon returning to Vermont, Veazey resumed his law career and was eventually elected Reporter of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Vermont. He was then elected to the Vermont State Senate in 1872 and was appointed a Registrar in Bankruptcy. Veazey served as a delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention in 1876, and the Legislature elected him a judge of the Vermont Supreme Court in 1879. Veazey died on March 22, 1898 at the age of 62.

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Time Period Covered: January 5, 1861 - March 31, 1863 

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Wheelock Graves Veazey Papers

Published:  March 10, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

Date:  1863-03-18

Resource type:   correspondence

Topics include the dull in camp, men digging rifle pits, terrible weather, how much Wheelock loves his wife, and instructions to Julia to look in his trunk for letters regarding C. C. White directing Veazey to pay Col. Proctor, an order from George Randal of Springfield to pay C. C. White, stories running around about Gen. Stoughton, slander about Miss Ford.

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    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

    Date:  1863-03-28

    Resource type:   correspondence

    The regiment is at at Union Mills, Va., Wheelock's health is good, the puppy Jeff is giving him much pleasure and good company, and he is excited to return home to experience the love and happiness of his family.

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      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

      Date:  1863-03-31

      Resource type:   correspondence

      A brief letter stating that a hand carved laurel wood pipe with Masonic symbols on it given to Veazey from a wounded soldier, mentions his puppy Jeff is growing big, words of love to Julia and wondering what they will name their baby.

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        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

        Date:  1861-06-27

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey telling his wife Julia A. Veazey how much he loves and misses her.

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          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

          Date:  [1861]-07-19

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Topics include orders to march to Baltimore under General Banks on Tuesday.

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            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

            Date:  [1861]-07-19

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include a change of plans to leave for Baltimore on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

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              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

              Date:  1861-07-21

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Topics include a description of a riot Wheelock G. Veazey was in charge of dissipating because of the absence of Colonel Hyde.

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                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                Date:  [1861]-07-28

                Resource type:   correspondence

                Topics include a description of the journey to Washington and the set up of the campsite with the 6th Maine Regiment.

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                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                  Date:  [1861]-08-02

                  Resource type:   correspondence

                  Veazey tells his wife Julia A. Veazey how much he loves and misses her as well as the Regiment’s location on the banks of the Potomac near Washington.

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                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                    Date:  1861-08-09

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Topics include the measures taken by the camp to secure their safety.

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                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                      Date:  1861-08-14

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Topics include the cold weather in camp and one of the corporals cutting off his thumb.

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                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                        Date:  1861-08-17

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Topics include the sacrifice made by all the soldiers, the Vermont 2nd Regiment at Bull Run, and the fight but up by the Zouaves and the New York 69th Regiment.

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                          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                          Date:  1861-08-18

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Topics include plans to capture a company in Virginia, the danger the Capitol is in according to General Smith, and the preventative steps being taken to protect it.

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                            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                            Date:  [1861]-08-21

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Topics include the safe return of the company from an expedition.

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                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                              Date:  1861-08-25

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey being in command of the Regiment for about a week, scouting Virginia, and General Smith making recommendations for Lt. Col. Hyde to be promoted to Col. and Wheelock G. Veazey to be promoted to Lt. Col.

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                                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                Date:  1861-08-27

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Topics include the promotion of Lt. Col. Hyde to Col., Wheelock G. Veazey to Lt. Col., and Seaver to Major.

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                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                  Date:  1861-09-01

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Topics include Butler’s victory and an overview of all the promotions in the Regiment.

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                                    Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                    Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                    Date:  1861-09-06

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Topics include advancements made by the Regiment although they have not seen any action yet.

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                                      Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                      Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                      Date:  1861-09-11

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Topics include a detachment that surrounded Lewinsville in hopes of capturing a force of cavalry, however only found a small company of picket guard; as well as an attack on the Regiment that left several men wounded. This is Lt. Col. Veazey's initial account what is now known as the Battle of Lewinsville.

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                                        Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                        Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                        Date:  [1861]-09-14

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey’s position as field officer of the day, the lack of sleep the soldiers are experiencing, and the ease with which the Rebels could attack the Regiment.

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                                          Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                          Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                          Date:  [1861]-09-22

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include an attack made on the Californians and a counterattack, as well as Wheelock G. Veazey’s personal opinion on the difference between killing a rebel and murder.

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                                            Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                            Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                            Date:  [1861]-09-25

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Topics include a skirmish in which a Rebel officer was taken prisoner and Wheelock G. Veazey’s black servant that he hired to work for him.

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                                              Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                              Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                              Date:  [1861]-10-02

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey telling his wife Julia A. Veazey how much he loves and misses her.

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                                                Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                                Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                                Date:  [1861]-10-04

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include General Hancock being in command of the 1st Brigade.

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                                                  Title:   Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

                                                  Creator:  Veazey, Wheelock G., 1835-1898

                                                  Date:  1861-10-[06]

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Topics include Wheelock G. Veazey telling his wife Julia A. Veazey how much he loves and misses her.

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