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5th Regiment, Vermont Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 5th Regiment, Vermont Infantry was organized at St. Albans and mustered in September 16, 1861. The regiment mustered out non-veterans October 14, 1864. All others mustered out June 29, 1865[1].

For more information on the history of the 5th Vermont Infantry, see the following:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,838 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

"The 5th Regiment was composed of members from St. Albans, Middlebury, Swanton, Hyde Park, Manchester, Cornwall, Rutland, Brandon, Burlington, Poultney, Tinmouth and Richmond... [2]

"The Fifth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, was composed of companies organized at the following towns, the men composing them being enlisted from these and adjoining towns: Company A, St. Albans; B, Middlebury; C, Swanton; D, Hyde Park; E, Manchester; F, Cornwall; G, Rutland; H, Brandon; I, detachments from Burlington, Poultney and Tinmouth; K, Richmond."[2]

Company E = many men from Manchester

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Vermont in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Vermont in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Vermont, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).
  2. 2.0 2.1 5th Vermont Infantry Introduction, (accessed 17 September 2011)