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Research Aids

Introduction

The majority of the information provided in this section will assist in obtaining additional information on your Vermont Civil War ancestor. Descriptions below, links to the left.

The National Archives has veteran's service and pension records. We extracted pertinent information from their website related to Vermont.

The 1890 Census was burned in a fire in 1921. About the only thing that remains is the Special Veterans and Widows Schedule, listing Civil War veterans. This is a great tool for finding your Civil War ancestor or his widow, if either were still alive in 1890. We currently have two working aids, a listing of Vermont veterans in Franklin County, New York, and an index to the Vermont schedule.

More than 500 Vermonters attended college before, during or after the war. The schools may be a source of information.

Frederick H. Dyer's Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 lists the organization and service of all Vermont regiments, batteries and companies. You can locate the complete record of a particular unit, or find out which units were at a particular place.

FAQS, or Frequently Asked Questions, is a common feature of Internet sites. These questions, and their answers, will provide some basic knowledge and guidance on Vermont Civil War data. Check out the menu on the left.

Despite the fact that we have stated over and over, that this is a military history project and not a family history project, the majority of questions we receive are in regards to family history. We've put together a Genealogy Research Aids listing to help you with your efforts.

The last surviving Vermont Veteran didn't die in Vermont. Check it out!

Links to other sources of information on the war in General and Vermont material not on our website is an oft-used resource.

Masons: a number of veterans were masons. Where this is mentioned in biographies or obituaries, we've linked to them.

Necrology: definition: a list of persons who have died within a certain time. Added some statistics.

Newspapers are a tremendous source of information on the day-to-day happenings in the Civil War. We've provided a list of newpapers that were in print during the war, also links to articles from various newspapers on the site.

Statistics are often quoted, and almost as often misquoted. The best period source of information, aside from Dyer above, is Willam F. Fox's Regimental Losses In The American Civil War 1861-1865, published in 1889.

Where did they come from? Check it out. A good source of information on the number of soldiers credited to each town.

Over 150 years separate us from the beginning of the Civil War. Some words had different meanings then; some words are not in our current lexicon; some words mean different things in military parlance than in the civilian world. "A Complete Dictionary of Military Terms and Science" Louis Le Grand's The Military Handbook & Soldier's Manual of Information, published in 1861, provides the initial input for this listing. Other terms will be added as documented 19th-century meanings can be found. As always, contributions always welcomed.

Occasionally, definitions of military terminology are noted in the various histories, journals and letters of Vermont soldiers. These are not necessarily the 'official' definitions found in professional military textbooks.