Historical Society Annual Meeting

by Middletown Springs on September 8, 2014

Historical Society Annual Meeting
Features Civil War Author Don Wickman

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 7:00 p.m. with a dessert buffet, followed at 7:15 p.m. 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 Douglas, Illinois, 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.

Don Wickman is a Vermont historian who is recognized as an expert on Mount Independence in Orwell and Vermont’s Civil War flags. He is a published author and his historical articles are regularly printed in the Rutland Herald. Presently he is the director of the Kent-Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh, NY.

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.

All are welcome at this free event. For more information, call David Wright at 235-2376

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