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Welcome to 'Vermont in the Civil War,' a grassroots project documenting the story of the State's contributions to the war, and what happened to the participants during and after the war.

We are not a genealogy project. The only research we do is to determine the details of the soldiers' service, their dates of birth and death, and their final resting place. If you have biographical information you'd like to share, please contact us.

The project was started in 1996, with one photograph and 82 names, has grown tremendously over the last 17 years, and continues to do so. To date, we have documented over 35,000 veterans, 3,100 who were drafted but did not serve and a number of related civilians.

More than 28,000 served in Vermont units. Another 7,000+ served in the regular Army, Navy and Marine Corps, or in units in other states. At least 50 served in the Confederacy. More than 2,300 served in two or more units. The civilians we included were state and federal employees involved in the war effort, nurses, sutlers, and members of the Christian and Sanitary Commissions.

In 2013, 109,877 people visited the site, and it received more than two million hits. In March, 11,584 people visited 31,605 times, an daily average of 1019 guests! Based on feedback we have received, visitors include family genealogists, historians, Civil War buffs, teachers, students, and the occasional Rebel. More than 4,380 folks have registered as descendants of these veterans.

Who are we? First and foremost, volunteers. No one gets paid anything. More than 300 individuals have donated material, written biographies, transcribed obituaries and taken photographs of headstones across the country. Three individuals have taken more than 2,500 cemetery photographs each. One individual has transcribed more 770 obituaries, another more than 680. Some take lists we provide and go out and take photographs. Others spend significant amounts of time finding the final resting place of these veterans before going out and photographing their graves.

But, there are still gaps. We still don't know what happened to nearly 5,600 of the soldiers, sailors and marines who served. For some, we have nothing at all post-war, for others, just a date when and/or a location where they were last noted living. For about half, we know their final resting place and have photographs of their graves, or links to sites like Findagrave.com. We are working on it, but we could use more help. Interested?

Please join us!

Tom Ledoux, Expatriate Green Mountain Boy, Webmaster

Random tidbit:

Leonard and Louisa (Grace) Haskins of Starksboro, Vermont, named their triplet sons, born 24 May 1861, Abraham Lincoln Haskins, after the President; Gideon Welles Haskins, after the Secretary of the Navy; and Simon Cameron Haskins after the Secretary of War.

Unfortunately, Leonard, who enlisted in November 1861 and joined Company C, 8th Vermont Infantry, died of disease in Louisiana in July 1862, and never got to see them grow up.

The three sons, aged 19, were living with their widowed mother Louisa, in Lincoln, Vermont in 1880, with an interesting notation on the census return, "triplets named by President Lincoln."

(Courtesy of Rebecca Ambrose, Leonard's 4th-great-grandniece).

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