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1st Vermont Infantry
Correspondence

HEAD QUARTERS
RANSOM GUARDS

St. Albans April 20th 1861

E. S. Reed

Dear Sir

I want you to look among the boys of Fairfield and see if you can not find some who will join us. Our Country has made a call and the question is to be settled whether we have a government -- a home -- or anything worth living for -- I hope to see you today -- but if not come on Monday with your uniform -- the state will make all the preparations ( give ?) us all the comfort we need -- Now let not be said that Franklin County is behind the rest of Vermont.

Yours truly

Geo. G. Hunt
Captain of the
"Ransom Guards"


Ephraim Smith Reed, age 22, heeded the call, and enlisted on May 2, 1861, joining Company C, First Vermont Infantry as a Private on May 9, 1861. He mustered out with the regiment on August 15, 1861. He was one of many in the First Regiment that re-enlisted, this time in Company B, Third Vermont Infantry, serving in that unit from February 15, 1862 to April 22, 1865. On November 1, 1864, he was promoted to Sergeant. Ephraim Smith Reed died in 1917, and is buried in Fairfield.