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Civil War letters, 1861-1864

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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 273:9  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : Civil War letters, 1861-1864
Physical Description : 1 folder.
Summary :

Transcriptions of a small group of letters written to Joseph Willard Leland and his wife, Electa Harriet (Boynton) Leland by two of Joseph's brothers, Levi P. and Henry S. Leland, and by Electa's brother, Emerson A. Boynton. Levi P. Leland and Emerson A. Boynton served together in the Third Vermont Infantry Regiment. Their letters are fairly brief and are concerned mainly with their health and their stays in the hospital. Emerson frequently writes that he feels no fear or that there is little danger. The single letter from Henry S. Leland is more descriptive. The First Battery Light Artillery was stationed in New Orleans and Henry describes the crops and land. He also describes some of the looting.

Other Repositories : Octavius Leland journals, 1863-1865; Located at; William L. Clements Library, Schoff Civil War Collection; The University of Michigan, 909 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190.
Biographical or historical data :

Levi P. and Henry S. Leland, sons of Otis and Nancy (Spaulding) Leland, were born in Lowell, Vermont. Levi P. Leland was born November 8, 1835 and enlisted as a corporal in the Third Vermont Infantry Regiment on June 1, 1861 in Springfield, Vermont. He was promoted to sergeant on August 13, 1861 and re-enlisted on December 21, 1863. He died of wounds received at Spottsylania on May 14, 1864. Henry S. Leland was born August 8, 1843 and enlisted in the First Battery Light Artillery on December 18, 1863 in Athens, Vermont. On July 13, 1864 he was transferred to the Second Battery Light Artillery. He died of disease on November 4, 1864.

Emerson A. Boynton was born August 3, 1839, the son of Jonathan and Harriet (Batchelder) Boynton. He enlisted as a corporal in the Third Vermont Infantry Regiment on June 1, 1861. He was promoted sergeant on February 1, 1863 and re-enlisted on December 21, 1863. He was killed in action at Spottsylvania on May 12, 1864.

Personal Subject : Leland, Joseph W.
Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 3rd 1861-1865. Company A.
United States. Army. Vermont Artillery Regiment, 1st.
Subject Term : Soldiers Vermont Correspondence.
Geographic Term : Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Social aspects.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Hospitals.
New Orleans (La.) History.
Springfield (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Letters correspondence.
Added Author : Boynton, Emerson A., 1839-1864.
Leland, Levi P., 1835-1864.
Leland, Henry S., 1843-1864.