This 4rth of July, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the battle of Gettysburg. It is worth noting the important part that soldiers from our state played in that battle.
I’m not a Civil War history buff, but I have read Howard Coffin’s Nine Months to Gettysburg. It is the account of the Second Vermont Brigade whose nine month enlistment was days from expiring when the fighting at Gettysburg began.
These soldiers found themselves in the thick of the fighting in the turning point battle of the war. From James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom, “Union veterans in 3 year regiments had a low opinion of most nine months regiments. But the outstanding peformance of the Second Vermont Brigade at Gettysburg, which helped turn the tide of the battle, changed their minds insofar as the Vermonters were concerned.”