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Vermont's gallant 9th: 1862-65

The Vermont Volunteer Infantry 9th Regiment was formed in Brattleboro during the U.S Civil War and served gallantly in the Union Army, according to Don Wickman.

The Vermont 9th fought in the bloody eastern theater beginning in July 1862 and disbanded after the war ended in December 1865.

It received accolades from the North when it became one of the first federal units to enter the defeated southern capital, Richmond, Va., in April 1865.

Despite its overall success, the 9th Vermont was captured at the Battle of Harpers Ferry during the 1862 Maryland Campaign.

Captured during the battle, the 9th was not sent to a rebel POW camp; instead, it was graciously permitted to sit out the war for four months paroled at U.S. Camp Douglas in Chicago. The camp was named after Brandon, Vt.-born U.S. Sen. Stephen Douglas (D-Ill.) who ran against Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election.

The regiment lost many men: 24 men killed and mortally wounded, five died from accidents, two committed suicide, 36 died in Confederate prisons, and 232 died from disease-a total loss of 299 men.

Sources: Don Wickman, Vermont Historical Society, and Wikipedia.

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