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Benjamin F. Hatch Papers

Identifier: mss-663

Scope of Collection

The Benjamin Hatch Papers consists mainly of correspondence and a few diaries and military papers. The correspondence is mostly Hatch writing to his wife, Lucina. He wrote almost every day in his deployment and these letters had varying topics. They included advice about their farm and household, camp life, food quality, his friends and fellow soldiers, and the attitude towards conscription. He also wrote about the capture of his commanding officer General Edwin Stoughton. He also wrote to Daniel Rodgers, Daniel Shortt and his children.

Along with this correspondence comes a personal diary of his and a few diaries that are from unknown sources but presumably his fellow soldiers. The military papers include his discharge papers and various other non-Civil War themed documents.


  • 1854-1875


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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

Biographical Note

Benjamin Hatch served in B Company of the Twelfth Vermont Infantry Regiment as a private. This regiment enlisted men from the towns of West Windsor, Woodstock, Burlington, Tunbridge, St. Albans, Northfield, Brandon, Bradford, Rockingham, Rutland and Hartland. Hatch was from Hartland, Vermont and volunteered to serve. He served from September 27, 1862 to June 23, 1863 and was stationed in northern Virginia for most of his nine month service. He was witness for the capture of General Edwin Stoughton but was not in many skirmishes. One engagement was at Fairfax Courthouse by J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry. Most of his military service was guarding rail roads, command centers, and other areas of strategic importance. On June 23 of 1863, his service contract concluded and he went back to Vermont and returned to his family in Hartland, Vermont.


0.4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection contains letters of Benjamin F. Hatch, of Hartland, VT, to his wife, Lucina, written during his service in the 12th Vermont Regiment in the Civil War. Also includes an unidentified diary, 1854-1855, his military discharge, and other, non-Civil War correspondence.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Guide to the Benjamin F. Hatch Papers
2018 April
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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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