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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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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 Carrie A. Williams

        Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

        Date:  1864-11-13

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include moving camp towards Winchester, Virginia, a Confederate attack on the picket lines resulting in rebel prisoners, captured artillery & ammunition trains, receiving his commission as 1st Lieutenant of Company I, and his happiness that President Abraham Lincoln was re-elected.

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          Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Family

          Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

          Date:  1863-12-04

          Resource type:   correspondence

          Writes of receiving a box from home with food and much needed clothing. He hears of fighting in Tennessee and Kentucky.

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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 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:  1862-04-01

                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:  1863-09-16

                    Resource type:   correspondence

                    Recounts trip to from New York City to Washington, D.C. via steamboat and train ; warmly welcomed in Philadelphia on the way ; states visited with folks and had received ten dollars from his father.

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                      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                      Date:  1863-09-07

                      Resource type:   correspondence

                      Williams has left NYC via steamboat, Rip Van Winkle and thought to be on way to Albany, NY ; had a chance to visit with friends ; draft continued with no trouble but threats were made to burn the city if the draft was brought to NYC.

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                        Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                        Date:  1863-08-22

                        Resource type:   correspondence

                        Writing from New York City, Williams recounts trip via train and steamboat from Warrenton, Va to the city. Purpose of the trip is thought to be to enforce the draft. Accident involving the steamboat and a schooner en route resulted in two men killed and one lost overboard. Military pay received spent partly on weapons to give to the officers out of respect.

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                          Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                          Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                          Date:  1863-10-04

                          Resource type:   correspondence

                          Writes of family back home, that there is no military activity at present and of being asked if he might like to meet a young lady, Miss M. M. G. (i.e. Mary Gorton who later becomes his wife)

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                            Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                            Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                            Date:  1863-12-06

                            Resource type:   correspondence

                            Letter to sister Lois about his great appreciation of receiving letters from home and their importance to him ; relates the men's hard march, camping in the the field, hardships endured including having little food to eat, of no complaints from the men regardless ; a bit of home gossip.

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                              Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                              Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                              Date:  1863-11-10

                              Resource type:   correspondence

                              Writes that the regiment has been on the move and has seen some fighting with the Rebels resulting in the capture of many Confederates, their officers and many weapons ; also reports Union losses at Rappahannock.

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                                Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                Date:  1863-01-29

                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                Letter to sister, Lois, about the 6th regiment's long hard march due to rain and muddy roads ; had to haul artillery, baggage and pontoon trains with great difficulty ; has been relieved from orderly duties ; wishes box from home to be sent ; heavy snow (6 inches) fallen ; asks for postage stamps.

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                                  Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                  Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                  Date:  1863-07-09

                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                  Recounts a long march to Gettysburg and of laying in wait for the enemy, engaged in a skirmish with the Rebels, one brigade left to deal with them and the rest of the men returned to camp where time was spent socializing. Writes some of the Vermont men sent home and states that he is sending letters home via Alf. Olmstead for safekeeping.

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                                    Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                    Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                    Date:  1863-06-10

                                    Resource type:   correspondence

                                    Regiment engaged the Rebels, gives a good account of the skirmish across the Rappahannock River with heavy gunfire that forced the Confederates to retreat ; gives casualties and wounded ; reference to Gen. Hooker not planning to engage the enemy at this location at the present time.

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                                      Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                      Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                      Date:  1863-08-06

                                      Resource type:   correspondence

                                      Writes his health is good, the weather is hot, the men have a good camp ground and good water close by. States he has received letters from home and tells of the different types of food crops grown in Virginia ; gives his opinion of some men folk at home, of men drafted but who run away and refuse to fight, and sends this letter with no postage stamp as his request for some has not yet been fulfilled.

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                                        Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                        Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                        Date:  1864-11-01

                                        Resource type:   correspondence

                                        Topics include wishing for letters from home, being in command of two companies and Adjutant as well, and his hopes for a leave of absence when the Brigade goes to winter quarters.

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                                          Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                          Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                          Date:  1864-11-17

                                          Resource type:   correspondence

                                          Topics include receiving a long letter from his sister, Lois, and apologizing for scolding her, complimenting her on her studies and wishing he could attend a Lyceum in which Lois is giving a paper. He also writes of the importance of getting letters from home and his promotion to 1st Lieutenant.

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                                            Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                            Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                            Date:  1864-10-23

                                            Resource type:   correspondence

                                            Detailed description of the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864, including his account of the arrival of General Sheridan that was much welcomed by the men, its effect on the Union Army on how the lines were reformed and much captured by the Union soldiers.

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                                              Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                              Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                              Date:  1864-08-03

                                              Resource type:   correspondence

                                              Detailed list of the marches made by the 6th Vermont from July 12th through August 3rd. He also writes of visiting the burial ground of some of the soldiers from Company I at Camp Griffin and of visiting former members of Company I when in Washington D.C. siting several by name, of receiving photographs of his family, and of receiving his back pay as Sergeant but not as Lieutenant.

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                                                Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                                Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                                Date:  1864-10-03

                                                Resource type:   correspondence

                                                Topics include taking part in a raid against guerrilla fighters, capturing a large quantity of cider brandy which was drunk by both officers and men and by their guide, so that they had to turn back, and a cavalry fight on October 2 (Battle of Saltville, Va.), near their camp. He also writes of being detached to the 5th Vermont Infantry Regiment temporarily and being in command of two companies, and asks when the Town of Essex will pay the bounty to soldiers who reenlisted.

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                                                  Title:   Lyman S. Williams to Lois L. Williams

                                                  Creator:  Williams, Lyman S., 1839-1905

                                                  Date:  1864-12-16

                                                  Resource type:   correspondence

                                                  Williams describes the movement of the 6th Corps from Winchester to Petersburg, Virginia moving into the log houses built by the 2nd Corps, the neighborliness of the rebel pickets, names of people he has received letters from, news of Union General Thomas’ victory over Confederate General Hood at the Battle of Nashville (Tenn.) December 15-16, 1864, receipt of leather gloves much needed by the men.

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