The letters

Elijah Brown, Edwin Horton, and the other men listed below are just a few of the many Vermonters who fought in the Civil War. Each wrote many letters home to his family describing the conditions in which he lived and his experiences. The Vermont Historical Society is proud to host a vast collection of Civil War manuscripts and letters. We've provided transcripts for the men listed below, and the full collection can be accessed by visiting the Vermont Historical Society Library. You may also search the collection via our Online Catalog.

Teaching ideas

**Please note that some of the letters may be difficult to read. If so, try reading the letters aloud, stopping to discuss incorrect vocabulary and other confusing points in each letter.