Adjutant & Inspector General
of the STATE OF VERMONT,
From Oct. 1, 1864, to Oct. 1, 1865.
MONTPELIER: Walton's Steam Printing Establishment, 1865.
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STATE OF VERMONT
Adjutant and Inspector General's Office,
Woodstock, Oct. 1, 1865.
To His Excellency
The Governor of the State of Vermont
I have the honor herewith to transmit my Report, as Adjutant and Inspector General, from the date of my last annual Report, October 1, 1864, to October 1, 1865.
I am, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
PETER T. WASHBURN
Adjutant and Inspector General
The slaveholders' rebellion, which, for four years, has required from the people of Vermont, in common with the other loyal States of the Union, earnest and unremitting effort, in every section, for furnishing the men needed for its suppression, and which, while it has carried mourning into many a household, had yet been met with an earnestness and unanimity of purpose and an endurance almost unexampled in history, has resulted in the absolute and unconditional triumph of the Government, and the entire extinction of all avowed resistance to the execution of the laws. The report, which I now submit, of the operations within the State, and the movements and history of Vermont organizations in the field, during the past year, will, in connection with previous reports from this office, show what has been done by the State during the war, and how greatly she has exceeded the anticipations of the most sanguine and patriotic of her citizens, at its commencement, in respect to her ability and resources. Her power could not have been thus developed, had it not been for the unanimity with which her citizens have felt that this was a war of the people, involving their dearest rights, and one which was to be prosecuted to a successful result, even though it should require the last man and cost the last dollar. And in carrying this purpose into effect, there was no relaxing of effort, on the part of the people of the State, to the day when the War Department directed that recruiting should cease. All calls have been promptly met, and all quotas, assessed upon the State, have been more than filled.
Muster out of Troops
United States' Bounty
Captured Rebel Flags
Troops in the Field
First Regiment of Cavalry
Second Battery Light Artillery
Third Battery Light Artillery
First Company Heavy Artillery
First Company of Sharp Shooters
Second and Third Companies of Sharp Shooters
First and Second Companies of Frontier Cavalry
Fifty-Fourth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers (colored)
Soldiers in Hospital
Prisoners of War
St. Albans raid
Organization of the Militia
Armament of the State
Accounts Against the United States
Official Records and Files
Annual Report for the Year 1864
Summary for the Year
In addition to the ordinary routine of the business of the officer during the ensuing year, the performance of those duties which are necessarily incident to the transition from a protracted war to a state of peace, and the securing of the just rights of discharged soldiers, and of the friends of those who have died i the service of the country, by communicating to them all required information,--the duties to be performed in connection with the enrolled and organized militia,--and the preparation of the accounts of the State against the United States, which will be a work necessarily involving much time and careful attention, that the just rights of the State may be secured,--considerable labor is yet required in order to place the records of this office, during the war, in that perfect condition, in which alone, they should be transmitted to the future. Much valuable information now exists upon detached volumes, and on rolls and returns, which must be transferred to the general Rosters, in order to be readily available hereafter. This results from the rapidity with which rolls and returns have multiplied in this office while recruiting was in rapid progress,--as the result of the consolidation of companies in many of the regiments in the field,--and especially during the past few months, while the regiments were being mustered out of service. The history of the soldiers from the State has become the property, and a very important part of the history, of the State, and it is due to them that the records, in which every one of them has a personal interest, should be closed in the most perfect manner possible.
PETER T. WASHBURN,
Adjutant and Inspector General.