Who We Are
Welcome to 'Vermont in the Civil War.'
We are 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.
For the purposes of this project, anyone who was born or died in Vermont, regardless of where they served, and anyone who served in a Vermont unit, regardless of where they were born, we consider a Vermonter.
We are not a genealogy project, but genealogists can profit from the research we have done - 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 21 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 for 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, members of the Christian and Sanitary Commissions and a few others.
Based on feedback we have received, visitors include family genealogists, historians, Civil War buffs, teachers, students, and the occasional Rebel. More than 5,000 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 two-thirds, 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