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Lest We Forget! Commemorating Vermont's participation in the War of Rebellion.

We are a grassroots project documenting the story of the State's contributions to the war, and what happened to the participants during and after the war.

For the purposes of this project, anyone who was born or died in Vermont, regardless of where they served, and anyone who served in a Vermont unit, regardless of where they were born, we consider a Vermonter.

To that end, to date we have documented nearly 37,100 Vermonters (men and women) who participated, on both sides of the war.

You can navigate the site by using the "Menu Options" at the top right-hand side on every page on the site, or from a tailored menu on the left, which changes with the section of the site you are visiting.

Major projects include:

More than 5,000 Virtual Cemeteries
A Virtual Museum of people, places and things,
Unit Rosters, Letters, Diaries, etc.
Nativity and Pre-War Occupations
Research Aids
Frequently Asked Questions

Please join us!

Tom Ledoux,
Expatriate Green Mountain Boy
(443) 535-5276

New logo courtesy of Janice Fitzgerald McClintock

What Happened Today, 16 January

01.16.1862Gunfire and boat crews, including marines, from USS Hatteras, Commander Emmons, destroyed a Confederate battery, seven small vessels loaded with cotton and turpentine ready to run the blockade, a railroad depot and wharf, and the telegraph office at Cedar Keys, Florida. A small detachment of Confederate troops from the Fourth Florida Regiment was taken prisoner from Depot Key. Four of the prisoners had the measles, and Commander Emmons paroled them, believing they might not survive prison. Brigadier General J. H. Trapier (CSA), in his report of the incident, said 'I must not omit to mention a circumstance which reflects high credit upon Commander Emmons. Three negroes escaped from the key and went out to his steamer; they were all ordered back forthwith. (ORN)
01.16.1862Seven armored river gunboats were commissioned, thus providing the naval force for the overwhelming combined operations in the west. (NavHist)
01.16.1863About 3 a.m., USS Pembina, Lieutenant Commander Temple, signaled that C.S.S. Florida, Lieutenant John N. Maffitt, was running the blockade out of Mobile after having remained in that port for some 4 months in order to complete repairs to her equipment. Confusion in the blockading fleet enabled Florida to escape, for the Confederate commerce raider passed within 300 yards of R. R. Cuyler, Commander Emmons. (ORN)
01.16.1865USS Pontoosuc, Lieutenant Commander Temple, attempting to cross the bar on the Cape Fear River, went aground, but got off without damage. (ORN)
01.16.1865Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)

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