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Charles Manson Civil War Letters

Identifier: mss-726

Scope of Collection

This collection contains letters Manson sent home from war. There are a total of 76 letters that range in topics that include camp life, marches, battles, hospitals and more. These letters are dated 1862-1865 and span his entire time in the Union Army. Along with the letters, there are pension records that were copied in 1965 but date from the 1860s and the 1870s. The letters have been partially transcribed.


  • 1862-1871


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Historical Note

Charles Manson was born in the Bradford area and served in the Civil War with the 12th and 17th Vermont Volunteers. He enlisted on August 19, 1862 to the 12th Vermont Volunteers and mustered out on July 16, 1863. He fought in the defense of Washington in 1862 and 1863 with the guerrilla engagements with Col. John Mosby and the 12th Vermont. He also was at Gettysburg with the 12th. After Gettysburg he reenlisted into the 17th Vermont Volunteers on June 10, 1864 and was promoted to corporal. He fought at the battle of Popular Spring Church where his regiment suffered many deaths. After he fought at the battle of Petersburg on April 2, 1865 where he was severely wounded and then discharged disabled on June 12, 1865 for disability reasons. He died in 1902.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection contains 76 letters of Charles Manson, a soldier who served in the 12th Vermont Infantry and later in the 17th Vermont Infantry. He was seriously wounded in the assault on Petersburg, April 2, 1865.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Guide to the Charles Manson Civil War Letters
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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