The Ninth Vermont Infantry

A History and Roster

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About the Book

This work follows the Ninth Vermont from the horrors of its first combat and humiliating capture at Harpers Ferry in September 1862 to its triumphal march into Richmond in April 1865. Through diaries and letters written by members of the unit, one relives the riveting day-by-day account of the men as they were in battle, on the march, and in camp. With seldom seen photos of many of the regiment’s members, detailed maps, and a complete regimental roster, this book tells a compelling story.

About the Author(s)

Paul G. Zeller, a retired United States Army Reserve colonel, lives in Williamstown, Vermont.

Bibliographic Details

Paul G. Zeller
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 344
Bibliographic Info: 128 photos, maps, notes, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021 [2008]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8653-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4387-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

List of Maps      viii

Preface      1

1. “Every man should be willing to do what he can for his country.”      3

2. “As helpless as rats in a cage.”      36

3. “We are penned up here like sheep.”      55

4. “A fools errand.”      78

5. Another Battle Lost      116

6. The Battle of Fort Harrison      158

7. “Richmond is ours. The whole thing.”      199

Epilogue      221

Appendix A. Acronyms and Abbreviations      225

Appendix B. Ninth Vermont Infantry Regiment Roster      226

Chapter Notes      305

Bibliography      321

Index      327

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “A compendium of detail, probably as much as you’ll ever learn about a regiment…wonderful for researchers, and the reason why every library should have a copy of this book…valuable”—Vermont History
  •  “Fascinating”—Vermont Genealogical Society Magazine
  • “Excellent and varied sources”—Blue & Gray Magazine.
  • “Zeller’s books are known for the abundant use of primary sources, which he skillfully weave into his narratives to help these men tell their own story.”—TOCWOC-A Civil War Blog