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John Yale Papers

Identifier: mss-008

Scope and Content Note

The John L. Yale Papers consist mainly of materials relating to Yale's military service in the Civil War. The collection includes his enlistment, commission and discharge papers, as well as his post-war claims for pensions relating to the 17th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, along with a number of company muster rolls from 1863-65 of the men in Yale's command. Finally, there is a small amount of correspondence and personal material from the period 1863-1893.


  • 1862-1920



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John L. Yale was born in Charlotte, Vermont, in 1841. He worked as a mechanic in Chittenden County before the Civil War and enlisted in the Army as part of a Williston company in the fall of 1862. Yale was commissioned a Captain in Company F of the 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers on September 10, 1862, but resigned on February 6 of the following year. He rejoined the Army as a Captain in Company K of the 17th Regiment Vermont Volunteers in September of 1864, and served until July 14, 1865. While in the service, Yale was stricken with chronic diarrhea, which permanently and seriously impaired his health and physical condition. He moved to Burlington in 1871 and to Hinesburg after the turn of the century, and died sometime in the 1920's.


0.2 Linear feet (1 box)

1 2.5-inch document box

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Collection includes primarily military service papers including Yales’ enlistment and discharge papers, company muster rolls of men under his command, reports, and postwar claims for pensions and back pay; together with a small amount of correspondence and personal material (1863-93).

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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