Civil War Research Guide
Vermont’s state government records provide a rich resource for researchers studying the Civil War. As the country debated the issues leading up to the war, the state’s responses to national events such as the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Dred Scott decision in 1857 are documented in executive and legislative records. With the outbreak of open conflict, records detail the mobilization of the state, its support of the war effort, and the service of Vermont soldiers from 1861 to 1865. Finally, the legacy of the war is chronicled in later records related to commemorations and the financial costs of the war.
The Vermont State Archives is pleased to offer this online guide to its Civil War-related holdings and encourages the public to come and explore these important records. As the state and the nation commemorate the sesquicentennial of the war, we hope that a reinvigorated interest in this critical period of history will promote research and yield new insights into these events that forever changed Vermont and the United States.