On September 17, 2014

Historian Don Wickman speaks at Middletown Springs Historical Society annual meeting

Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. — MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS — Vermont historian Don Wickman will recount the story of the Ninth Vermont Regiment in the Civil War at the 45th annual meeting of the Middletown Springs Historical Society on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Historical Society Building. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with a dessert buffet, followed by a brief business meeting and election of Trustees. At 7:45 p.m., Don Wickman will tell the history of the Ninth Vermont.

From guarding confederate prisoners incarcerated at Camp Douglass, Ill., to the woods of coastal North Carolina, and finally to the gates of Richmond, the Ninth Vermont earned a reputation for being well-disciplined and steadfast under fire. Although lacking the renown of other Vermont units, it represented the state well throughout its history.

Wickman’s talk is highlighted by the stories of some of the 1,878 Vermonters who comprised the Ninth, as it became one of the most traveled regiments in the federal army. Royal Lucien Coleman of Middletown served for over a year in the Ninth Vermont, and died on Oct. 3, 1864 while in the regiment.

The program is made possible by support from the Vermont Council of the Humanities through its Speakers Bureau program. The meeting is free and accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information, call 802-235-2376.


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