Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Josephus W. Voodry Letters, 1861-1863

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2011

Summary Information
Title: Josephus W. Voodry letters
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1861-1863
Extent: 4 items
Abstract:
This collection consists of 4 letters that Private Josephus W. Voodry wrote to his sister and to a female friend during his service with the 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment, Company G, between 1861 and 1863. He discussed military life, his eagerness to participate in battle, and an August 1863 visit to the battlefield at Gettysburg.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1995. M-3171.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Josephus W. Voodry Letters, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Josephus W. Voodry, originally of Woodbury, Vermont, was born in April 1839, and joined the 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment, Company G, in 1861. He was stationed in northern Virginia throughout 1861 and in Pennsylvania in July 1863. After the war, he and his wife Mary Jane moved to North Platte, Nebraska, where he died in November 1916.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 4 letters (16 pages) that Private Josephus W. Voodry wrote to his sister (1 item) and to a "Sarah," a female friend (3 items), during his service with the 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment, Company G, between 1861 and 1863. He discussed military life, his eagerness to participate in battle, and an August 1863 visit to the battlefield at Gettysburg.

In his early letters, Voodry expressed his disdain for the Confederate cause and his eagerness to participate in battle, a sentiment somewhat lessened by the time he wrote his final letter in August 1863. In his letter of October 12, 1861, he commented on hearing shellfire and on visits from General George McClellan and Napoleon III. On January 9, 1862, Voodry stated that his unit had not yet engaged in battle and that he had not seen much blood beyond having a tooth pulled that morning. Voodry's final letter, written on August 9, 1863, contains his description of the Gettysburg battlefield shortly after the fighting.

Each letter is written on stationery with a printed letterhead:

  • August 10, 1861: Red, white, and blue. Woman holding an American flag, accompanied by a four-line poem.
  • October 12, 1861: Red, white, and blue. "The Shield of Liberty," accompanied by the dates 1776 and 1861.
  • January 9, 1862: Purple. Soldier standing in front of tents, resting his arm on the state seal of Pennsylvania.
  • August 9, 1863: Red, white, and blue. Patriotic shield in front of a five-pointed star, with the words "North," West," East," and South."
Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863.
    • McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885.
    • Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1865)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields.
    Contributors:
    • Voodry, Josephus W.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   92, Schoff Civil War Collection  
    Josephus W. Voodry letters [series]
    Folder   22  
     August 10, 1861-August 9, 1863