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We have been kindly furnished with the following letter from Capt. Robert B. Arms which we take pleasure in publishing as it will have special interest for many of our readers. Battlefield at Cashtown near Gettysburg, Penn., July 5th, 1863. Dear F---This is the first opportunity I have had to write since we arrived at this place. We came here the first day of July late in the afternoon,...
Vermont Phoenix, May 21, 1846. Old-Time Militia. The Famous Brattleboro Light Artillery. Different Organizations from 1820 to '40 -- Familiar Brattleboro Names -- Some of the Old Musters and Battles With the Conquering Enemy, Whiskey -- The Cannon Captured from Burgoyne -- The Revolutionary Ancestry of One of the Captains. Fifty-six years ago last June, Francis E. Phelps, Green Blackmer and E. B. Chase, the board of officers "to...
John Wolcott Phelps Cabinet Card By Caleb L. Howe "The Lindens" Central School, Daniel P. Kingsley's House, Sheds, Barn Later Owned By Phillip Wells and Gen. John Wolcott Phelps John Batchelder Lithograph From John L. Lovell May 1856 Photograph _ Cecil Hampden Cutts Howard describes General John W. Phelps' house--- "His study was his earthly paradise. For nearly twenty years after his retirement from the army, he lived in...
Capt. Dennie W. Farr Capt. Farr---Our neighbor, Dennie Farr, who went from here about a year since as 2nd Lieut. in Company F, 4th Vermont Regiment, is now at home on a furlough, on account of sickness. He looks feeble yet, but is recovering. On the promotion of Wm. C. Holbrook, Farr was made 1st Lieut. of the said Company and served under Captain Brown till a short time...
Private Peter S. Chase Company I, Second Vermont Regiment Photograph By George Harper Houghton In The Wilderness In 1864. A Story Of Cloudy Days In A Soldier's Life, Telling What One of Grant's Boys Saw and Did on His Way from the Battlefield to the Hospital. It was on May 5, 1864 that Gen. Grant fought the first battle in the Wilderness. At that time I was a boy...
Civil War Hospital In Brattleboro Officer Of The Guards Quarters, Chapel, Assistant Surgeons' Quarters Corner Atwood And Sunny Acres Hospital Dispensary With Flanking Patient Wards Looking West From Parade Ground Center Chaplain's House At Far Right Signal Tower House On Hill To Northwest Camp Holbrook In 1861 Before Hospital Built First Vermont Regiment In Camp At Brattleboro 1861 Photograph By George Harper Houghton Supply Hut, Civil War Hospital, Brattleboro,...
John Wheeler, Drum Major of the 4th Vermont, arrived home last week on a furlough of thirty days. He accidentally wounded himself in one foot while cleaning his pistol. John is now in good condition otherwise than his wound, although he has lost over one hundred pounds of flesh while serving his country on Virginia's sacred soil. Vermont Phoenix, July 17, 1862. _________________ Arrested.---Sergeant John Wheeler of Co. F,...
A Letter From a Member of Co. B, 16th regt. Vt. Volunteers, to his Friends in West Brattleboro. On Picket at Bull Run, Dec. 15, 1862. Dear Friends at Home:--Well, here I sit in a cluster of trees, on the classic bank of Bull Run! If you are more surprised at our being here, than we were in coming, I am sorry. The very evening after I handed my...
Soldiers' Graves. --- There they lie, a score of carelessly heaped mounds of coarse gravel covered with the stalks of last year's weeds and a fresh growth of mulleins and grass. At the head of some stand weather-beaten boards, bearing in black paint the name and company of the dead, and in a few instances the date of death. Two are Vermonters, others are from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts,...
Some Green Mountain Boys. Interesting Historical Facts Recalled by the Old Cemetery in the West Village. The improvements about the old cemetery in the meadow below Mrs. Bigelow's and the Stedman homestead at West Brattleboro awaken interest in those buried there. In the records of the New York provincial congress, at New York, under date: "Die Veneris, 9 ho. A.M. July 21, 1775," is this entry: "A letter from...
Admiral Alexander Cochrane _____________________________________________________________________________ An Interesting Old Document. Mr Editor: -- Possibly the following petition may be of sufficient local interest to warrant publication. It certainly is a reminder of one of the causes which led to the war of 1812. For several years prior to the above mentioned date American seamen in a foreign port, and in some instances, I believe, while on American soil, were liable to...
Fine Record in Two Wars. Death of Major L. M. Grout, Vermont's Last Survivor of Mexican War Quelled Mutiny at Brattleboro Camp When the war of the Rebellion broke out, his military experience was remembered, and he was given charge of recruiting work. But he soon decided to go himself to the front. He had been drilling a body of volunteers, which later became Company A of the Eighth...
Maj. Greenleaf's Pension Papers. A column and more of interesting local matter is printed on our first page today. We refer, of course, to the pension application of Maj. Stephen Greenleaf, who in his time, and for many years, was one of the most prominent and useful citizens of Brattleboro. Maj. Greenleaf's father, whose name was also Stephen Greenleaf, was one of the early settlers of Brattleboro, and the...
Photographer Benjamin A. Crown Gettysburg Rail Fence Chair Gettysburg Relics. The relics purchased by Gov. Fuller at Gettysburg to present to Sedgwick Grand Army post have arrived. They consist of the section of an oak tree that stood in the rear of Pickett's line and nearly opposite where the Stannard monument now stands. This section is 36 inches high, and 22 in diameter and embedded in it is a...
In A Predicament. Late on Saturday evening the police of this village were called upon to suppress a disturbance at a house of ill-repute on Flat-street, occasioned by some of the soldiers of the 8th Regiment. The police declined to interfere unless accompanied by some of the proper military authorities. Accordingly the information was laid before Col. Thomas who, with suitable guard, proceeded to the aforesaid establishment and there...
Samuel Elliot, Esq. The Anti-War Society of 1812 formed in Brattleboro, and the following letter was posted to a sister chapter in Northfield, Massachusetts--- Elnathan Allen President of the W. B. Society in Brattleborough, Vt. Sam'l Elliot, Vice President. Brattleborough, Vt. Jan'y 11, 1814. Brethren: Tho' separated by State lines and members of different state Governments; yet we belong to the same political family, claiming the same political father...
There were in Brattleboro a few rebel sympathizers---"copperheads" as they were termed--who expressed satisfaction over the fall of Sumter, but they repented for such manifestations of disloyalty. The stories of how these "copperheads" were suddenly converted to the Union cause are amusing. With the announcement that the rebels had triumphed in their first attempt at arms it behooved the men of the north to take active steps to suppress...
George M. Colt George M. Colt, an old Union veteran died at his home in West Dummerston Sunday, July 28. Mr. Colt has been seriously ill since the first of February, 1894, with little hope of permanent recovery. During his entire sickness he has suffered intensely, but through all has borne up under it with a remarkable endurance. Death fairly stood over him for many weeks. No one who...
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