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Edward Dewey 8th Vermont Papers, 1864.
United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 8th.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MS 124  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Corporate Author : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 8th.
Title : Edward Dewey 8th Vermont Papers, 1864.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft. (2 boxes).
General Note : Continued in: MSA 194.
Summary :

The Edward Dewey 8th Vermont Papers document the operation of one Union Army regiment during one year of the Civil War. The collection contains of returns of quartermaster's stores, invoices, letters of transmittal, and various inventories of military equipment during Dewey's position as quartermaster of the 8th Vermont from January 1864 through December 1864. The bulk of the invoices are from March of 1864; the papers from July are burnt and may be hard to read.

Biographical or historical data :

Edward Dewey was born in Montpelier, Vermont, on March 27, 1829, son of Julius Yemans Dewey (1801-1877) and Mary Perrin Dewey (1799-1843). Although Dewey prepared for college, he chose to enter a mercantile life until 1860 when he became assistant secretary of the Vermont Mutual Fire Insurance Co. Dewey held this position for four years when he was summoned into the United States service as quartermaster of the 8th Vermont Volunteers. In January of 1864 Lieutenant Edward Dewey joined the regiment in Louisiana, and in July 1864 accompanied it to Virginia, where the regiment participated in the battles of Opequon and Cedar Creek. On February 11, 1865, Dewey was promoted to captain and assistant quartermaster in the staff department of United States volunteers. However, he resigned three months later and returned home to his wife and children in Montpelier. Upon his return he was elected assistant secretary of the National Life Insurance Company of which his father had become president in 1851. In June 1877 he was elected vice-president of the company and stayed in that position until January 1897.

On August 27, 1856, Edward Dewey married Susan Griggs Lilley (1834-1909), daughter of his father's third wife. They had six children. Edward was the older brother of Admiral George Dewey (1837-1872), hero of the Battle of Manila Bay (1898) during the Spanish-American War. Edward Dewey died in Montpelier on October 26, 1900; he is buried in Green Mount Cemetery in that city.

Related Collections : Edward Dewey's Civil War correspondence with his family is at the Vermont Historical Society, Misc File 352-355. One of his account books is in MS 125.
Geographic Term : United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Equipment and supplies.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genre/Form : Returns military reports.
Added Author : Dewey, Edward, 1829-1900.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.