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Thomas H. Brown Civil War letters, 1862-1877.
Brown, Thomas H., 1823-1864.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 216  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Brown, Thomas H., 1823-1864.
Title : Thomas H. Brown Civil War letters, 1862-1877.
Physical Description : .25 linear ft.
Summary :

The collection consists of about 65 letters written by Thomas H. Brown from the battlefront to his wife or children. The first was written October 23, 1862; the last was written April 20, 1864. The letters deal with life in camp, battle experiences, and his displeasure with the lack of ministers at the front and the amount of swearing and gambling that went on. Mostly his accounts deal with day-to-day events, but he also describes President Lincoln who came for a visit, rumors of Stonewall Jackson's death, and hopes that U. S. Grant could move the war along. There are many financial matters discussed: lack of regular pay, dangers of sending pay home for fear the mails would be robbed, efforts to help his wife financially, feeling that a leave home would be too expensive. Thomas wanted to see the North succeed but wasn't sure fighting was the way to do it. He gave much advice to his children on how to care for the cattle, to help their mother, and to attend school.

The collection also includes a small group of letters written between 1863 and 1877, mostly from Thomas Brown's sons to each other or to his widow.

Biographical or historical data :

Thomas H. Brown was born January 9, 1823, in Ryegate, Vermont. He was the fourth of six children born to Robert and Elizabeth (Heath) Brown. Robert's father Stafford Brown, of Scottish descent, came to America from Ireland in 1800. Thomas was a mechanic by trade. He married Lydia Chandler of Mercer, Maine; she died in 1879. They had three sons, Horace, Warren, and Carlos, and a daughter, Annette. He enlisted in Company F, U.S. Sharpshooters, for three years on September 20, 1862; he was killed at the Battle of Spottsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864.

Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Sharpshooters Regiment, 1st 1861-1864. Company F.
Subject Term : Soldiers Vermont Correspondence.
Geographic Term : United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Religious aspects.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Economic aspects.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
Ryegate (Vt. : Town) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Letters correspondence.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.