Letter: Story of Vermont in the Civil War

To the Editor:

Not many people today associate Vermont with the Civil War. But after reading Nicola Smith’s excellent review of Howard Coffin’s impressive new book, Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont, in the June 7 Valley News , I have reason to believe that may change. Windsor’s American Precision Museum is helping to tell the Vermont story through two Civil War exhibits and a series of monthly Sunday afternoon programs with Coffin.

Coffin is perhaps Vermont’s foremost Civil War historian and author. Now for the first time ever, some of his remarkable collection, assembled over 40 years, is featured at the museum in an exhibit that bears the name of his first Civil War book, Full Duty. This is the story of Vermont soldiers at home, in camp and on the battlefield, and it documents the magnitude of Vermont’s contributions in the Civil War. The second exhibit, “Arming the Union,” presents new research about the 1846 Robbins & Lawrence Armory and the profound impact that the gunmaking factory of Lamson, Goodnow & Yale, operating out of the building that is now home to the American Precision Museum, had on the outcome of the Civil War.

The story of Vermont in the Civil War is unique and powerful. These two exhibits examine Vermonters whose lives were touched by war and tell a story difficult to forget.

Nancy Hoggson

Development and Communications Manager

American Precision Museum



Book Review: ‘Something Abides’ Recounts Vermont’s Contribution — And Cost — in the Civil War

Thursday, June 6, 2013

H oward Coffin has established himself as the leading contemporary historian of Vermont’s role in the Civil War with his books Full Duty and Nine Months to Gettysburg . But his new book, Something Abides (Countryman Press), may be his most affecting yet. Coffin spent six years going to every town in the state to research its contribution to the …