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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I submit photographs for the Virtual Cemetery Project?

You can either email them to the webmaster as attachments, or, if you participate in the project, just give us permission, and we can download them from there.

I don't know if my Vermont ancestor was in the Civil War or not, how do I find out?

Well, we've only got Vermont soldiers on this website. Check the Surname Index, and see if you can find your ancestor on that list.

How come there aren't any details about my ancestor in the Rosters?

There are 32,000 names listed on this website, and its a significant job typing in all the information. We started out with just names and towns, have added cemetery listing, and are working on the complete listings from the Revised Roster. It will take a while. If you can't find what you are looking for online, send a e-mail to the webmaster; we'll dig out what information we have and send it to you.

Were there any Civil War Battles in Vermont?

Yes, well sort of. It doesn't qualify as a battle, perhaps a skirmish. Most websites listing battles and skirmishes, even the National Parks Service listings, don't mention it. But it happened here in the Green Mountains, and we know about it!! The Saint Albans Raid, October 19, 1864, was, reportedly, the northernmost engagement in the Civil War. You also might want to check out the State of Maine Adjutant General's Reports on a raid/bank robbery in Calais in July 1864.

I am originally from Rutland VT and interested in anything anyone may find regarding my great grandfather ..... from ......

Unfortunately, Vermont in the Civil War is not, nor was it intended to be, a genealogical resource. You can register as a descendant of a Vermont soldiers, and may find additional descendants, or descendants of other soldiers in your ancestor's regiment that has information on him. Once you know your ancestors regiment and company, you can request copies of his service record, and if he was wounded, or otherwise stricken with some disease during his service, he or his family may have applied for an invalid pension, which you can also ask for. For long-lived veterans, the veterans pensions turned into old-age pensions. Occasionally there is significant genealogical information on a soldiers in these files. See National Archives Resources.

Where can I get a photograph of my ancestor in uniform?

We started a Photograph Listing, showing the sources for photographs of Vermont soldiers. If you have a photograph of your ancestor, and are willing to share it, we would be proud to display on this website with his regiment.

My great grandfather came from Ireland, lived in Vermont, was hurt during the war and had to have his town doctor write a letter in order for him to receive a pension. I don't know anything else. Can you help?

If your ancestor was wounded, injured, or discharged for disability, the chances are good that he applied for a pension. Our tailored page on National Archives resources tells you how to apply for pension records. You need to know the individuals full name, and the regiment he served in. If you don't know the unit he served in, check out the Name Index and see if you can find him there.

I have a tin type picture of a soldier in uniform.The picture is inscribed on the back "John Doe, 6th regiment, March 8th, 1862" Does anyone know his birthplace, parents names, etc. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

We can verify his unit, and give you some additional information about his service, but this project is limited to the military details of a soldiers service. Check out the resources listed on the Vermont Civil War Roots page for information on your soldier's family history.

I have read "Hard Marching..." by Wilbur Fisk of the 2nd Vt, as well as Company Aytch (H) by Sam Watkins, and am trying to find other personal accounts/diaries/narratives from actual foot soldiers during the Civil War that directly relate to either the 2nd Vermont or the 15th Vermont to get a better idea of what my uncles faced on a day to day basis.

Our Master Bibliography lists everything we have found regarding writings on Vermont's participation in the Civil War. In addition, we've started developing individual bibliographies for each regiment. Some are published books, others are original material or transcripts of original letters, diaries or journals. In addition, we have a growing list of letters, journals and diaries here on the Vermont in the Civil War website, thanks to the kind graces of a number of contributors.

Where could I locate information that would tell me the names of Civil War prisoners who died in Confederate prisons who are buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Our Cemeteries lists all Vermont soldiers buried in National Cemeteries to the best of our knowledge. If you are looking for additional information, or a non-Vermont soldier, this page will also give you Point of Contact information for the cemetery you are interested in.

My ancestor is listed as deserted, but later on he applied for, and received a pension. How could this happen?

President Lincoln issued a proclamation on March 11, 1865 offering pardon to deserters who return to service and inflicting loss of citizenship on those who do not. What probably happened is that the paperwork didn't catch up in time (red-tape then as much as now!), and we know that the research done for the 1892 Revised Roster did not include the pension files. So, you will probably find in his pension application some sort of request for correction of record, which if approved, would have made him eligible for the pension. Since he applied in 1875, this is probably the case, as the law hadn't been changed yet modifying the pension system so that it became in fact an old-age pension for veterans, and not just an invalid, i.e. some type of service-incurred disability would have had to be incurred.