Vermont to observe Civil War sesquicentennial

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas was joined by historians, reenactors and others in the historic Cedar Creek Room at the State House to announce the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. The governor signed an order creating the commission Aug. 12.

"The Civil War was a defining period for our nation and our state," said Douglas. "From the frontlines to the home front, Vermonters contributed enormously to the war effort. The changes that took place during that period in our history still impact who we are today, 150 years later."

The Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will coordinate, review and promote programs and activities throughout the state relating to the American Civil War. The commission will include 14 members representing various perspectives on the Civil War and its legacy.

"Vermont's founding document, which was the first in North America to prohibit slavery, enshrined the ideals that were central to the conflict among the states," the governor added. "From stops on the Underground Railroad to Vermonters heroics on the battlefield, and from Brandon's native son Stephen Douglas to the St. Albans Raid, our state has a rich and fascinating Civil War history. I look forward to the work of the commission during the next four and a half years."

The commission will operate until Dec. 31, 2015.

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